Hemp-derived products such as cannabidiol (CBD) are on the rise largely due to the legalization of states in the U.S. and other parts of the world. CBD products contain medical benefits without the psychoactive effects. However, consumers are encouraged to exercise due diligence before purchasing or consuming any CBD product as some may cause more harm than good, especially synthetic CBD. Some could even lead to tragic endings.

There is a saying that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but that is not applicable especially in an unregulated industry such as the cannabis industry. Companies will try to cash in on the momentum of the CBD even if it means releasing products that did not undergo proper guidance and supervision from experts.

Some may claim that synthetic CBD is a product of lab research, and it has received approval from Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the truth is that no company has done testing its effectiveness on humans, most studies only used mice. As such, its effect, when tested on people, is still largely unknown. The FDA allowed selling of synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) called Marinol as a prescription drug. However, it has adverse effects such as dizziness, confusion, and drowsiness. It is not the first time synthetic CBD has been linked to negative side effects.

Spice,” a known synthetic CBD, was made illegal in 2014 due to its link to deaths and health implications. The number of poison-related incidents with “spice” also surged at that time. Although “spice” is proven effective in inhibiting tumor growth in mice, it has also proven to have side effects on humans such as seizure, anxiety, and irritability.

As such, there is really no way of knowing that a CBD product is clean or organic but with the use of third-party lab examinations. Results from third-party labs assure that the examinations are done by independent companies and they can be solid proofs of impartiality.

For instance, Diamond CBD, under the PotNetwork Holding, Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN) umbrella, is a company which retails different CBD products. They offer candies, edibles, vapes, oils and pet products, among others. To ensure effectiveness and safety of consumers, Diamond CBD conducted an independent research to test if their products contain any form of synthetic CBD.

The Drug Detection Laboratories Inc. revealed that Diamond CBD products are made using 100 percent natural hemp-derived CBD and do not contain synthetic drugs. All of the results are released and published on the company’s website for transparency’s sake.

The results of the lab examinations are proofs that Diamond CBD remains an industry leader when it comes to CBD products. They set an example for other companies, which are also into marijuana industry.

When consumers doubt if their CBD oils or edibles contain synthetic drugs, it pays to check the label or search the website for proof that it is clean and organic. In delicate matters that concern health and well-being, taking risks is not an option. Lives are at stake here. It is best to use products that passed lab test examinations because safety and effectiveness are guaranteed.