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Differentiating Between Synthetic CBD and Cannabis

CBD has extensively surged in popularity and availability during the last half a decade. Patients and adults can now easily get the required amount of CBD online, through brick-and-mortar pharmacies and in convenient locations such as coffee shops. The availability of CBD has been bolstered by the trust consumers have shown in it, and the realization of its benefits by authorities.

However, unregulated, synthetic products make a big portion of the market and can pose a serious threat to your health. Unknowing customers ingest these products expecting the same benefits as of medical marijuana, but are subjected to different perils.


There are numerous side effects associated with synthetic CBD. From mental exhaustion, confusion and addiction to death, synthetic CBD has serious complications associated with it. Just this May, we saw news of over 50 people falling sick because of consuming synthetic CBD in Utah. Those who fell sick had taken an oil brand that used a synthetic compound, rather than CBD derived from original hemp.

With the industry set to reach over $1 billion growth this year, information pertaining to the recognition of synthetic CBD is on the rise and desperately needed. With this information we can turn consumers away from potentially harmful products and ensure that they get nothing less than the best hemp experience.


It is high time for consumers to be warned about synthetic CBD and the process for differentiating the synthetic version from the natural one. Now is the time to divert away from the warning signs and ensure that you remain safe from all harmful versions.

When buying Cannabis, your concerns should be centered on these two fundamental questions:

1. Is your supplier trustable?

2. Does the flower smell as it should?

In states with legalized MMJ, patients can easily head over to a trusted dispensary and answer these questions. Unfortunately, too many consumers are still forced to go through the black market for purchasing CBD. However, you can still do your research online on how CBD feels like and how it should smell. Use this information the next time you make a purchase.

However, the identification criteria should be extremely different when you are purchasing a CBD infused product. Such products are widely accessible across the market and come in different sources and packages. Before you put your money down, make sure that you have the answers to these three questions:

1. Who’s the manufacturer of the CBD infused product?

2. How has the CBD been sourced? Which compounds have been used?

3. Does the company have an extraction process of its own?

With answers to these questions and proper research you can tell whether the CBD you are purchasing is synthetic or derived from the original hemp plant. With cost consequences involved in buying synthetic CBD, it is best to know what you’re buying before you eventually make the purchase.

Get in touch with Lauraine Kanders, ANP, ACNP-BC and her practice, Medical Marijuana Recs NY, if you want a Medical Marijuana Certification in New York State. We provide MMJ certifications so that you can get your card at the best prices with the best advice!

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About Lauraine Kanders

Lauraine Kanders is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and NYS Medical Marijuana Practitioner with 25 years+ of experience in adult health and acute care. She operates a telemedicine practice to certify patients for medical marijuana in New York State who suffer from approved severe, chronic, debilitating and severe conditions . Her inspiration for this business came about while working with her primary care house call patient population.