CBD American Shaman Products Heavy Metal and Mold Tests Class Action

CBD products are becoming widely available, but as yet there are no standards or standardized testing for them for strength or purity. This class action brings suit against CBD American Shaman, LLC for its claims that its CBD products are “all natural” and have “no heavy metals or insecticides,” which the complaint alleges are false.

The class for this action is all persons in the US who, between May 4, 2016 and May 4, 2020, bought any product sold by CBD American Shaman based in part on the company’s advertisement that such products contained no heavy metals, no insecticides, or no contaminants.

American Shaman sells a number of different CBD products, including oils, topicals, gummies, pills, edibles, and tea.

The complaint quotes the company’s “About Us” section of its website as saying, “CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all natural, high quality industrial hemp. It is legal in all 50 states and is 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non GMO Hemp and has no heavy metals or insecticides, and is batch tested using Ultra Performance Convergence Chromatography.”

Most of its product descriptions contain a similar “no heavy metals or insecticides” statement, the complaint says, as does their packaging.

According to the complaint, that claim is “so critical to [American Shaman’s] advertising strategy that [American Shaman] publishes on its website test results from various reputable laboratories (including ProVerde Laboratories) for its various products….”

Plaintiff Michael S. Davis bought products from the company’s website in 2019 and 2020. He says he was looking for products that were all natural and did not contain harmful chemicals or other harmful substances.

The complaint says, “After using these products for a period of time, [Davis] became curious about the ‘No Heavy Metals or Insecticides’ claim and decided to send several of the unopened products to the same lab utilized by [American Shaman]—ProVerde Laboratories—for verification of [American Shaman’s] claims.” When the results came back, the complaint says, he was “shocked to learn that [American Shaman’s] aforementioned claims are false.”

The test results for the full spectrum hemp oil products, reproduced in the complaint, shows that the oil failed the testing for a number of heavy metals, including copper, nickel, and lead. The complaint claims, “This means that not only does the product contain heavy metals (contrary to [American Shaman’s] claims, but also that the presence is of such concentration as to fail laboratory testing.”

Also, the complaint says, while the tests for the tinctures Davis bought “appear to show an absence of heavy metals, they are troubling in that they failed the testing for microbiological contaminants—specifically, yeast and mold.” Another chart in the complaint shows these results. The complaint comments, “Not only do the tests reveal the presence of yeast and mold, but the concentration of such is three times the limits referenced within the test data itself.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

CBD American Shaman Products Heavy Metal and Mold Tests Complaint

May 4, 2020

CBD products are becoming widely available, but as yet there are no standards or standardized testing for them for strength or purity. This class action brings suit against CBD American Shaman, LLC for its claims that its CBD products are “all natural” and have “no heavy metals or insecticides,” which the complaint alleges are false.

CBD American Shaman Products Heavy Metal and Mold Tests Complaint

Case Event History

CBD American Shaman Products Heavy Metal and Mold Tests Complaint

May 4, 2020

CBD products are becoming widely available, but as yet there are no standards or standardized testing for them for strength or purity. This class action brings suit against CBD American Shaman, LLC for its claims that its CBD products are “all natural” and have “no heavy metals or insecticides,” which the complaint alleges are false.

CBD American Shaman Products Heavy Metal and Mold Tests Complaint
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Heavy Metals