Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. is on the receiving end of a proposed class action that claims the cannabidiol (CBD) product retailer has overstated the amount of hemp extract in two of its skincare creams.
The defendant’s website and the packaging for its “Soothing Scent Hemp Infused Cream” and “Unscented Hemp Infused Cream” state that the products contain “750mg Hemp Extract,” according to the lawsuit. In truth, the case alleges, the products contain “significantly less” hemp than represented by Charlotte’s Web. Cited in the lawsuit is independent testing performed on the plaintiffs’ behalf that allegedly confirmed that samples of each product contained anywhere between 177.5 and 347.9 mg of cannabinoids, which the suit says is “considerably less” than consumers were led to believe.
The lawsuit claims the defendant, who was hit with a proposed class action back in December 2019, intentionally overstated the amount of hemp in its skincare creams with full knowledge of the “growing consumer demand” for CBD products. The six plaintiffs say they purchased the cream hoping to alleviate pain or gain “other alleged health benefits” yet experienced none of the expected results. All six claim they would not have purchased the defendant’s products—which the complaint says are sold for a premium price of $49.99 for each 2.5-ounce bottle—had they known the creams contained less hemp extract than advertised.