It is sad to see good people become “MLMers” with no regards to the truth, and become part of the hype machine now that they have a financial interest in the success of their “new” company. If they want to sell a different “deal” more power to them, but having to make false claims as part of their presentation to attract others is very sad indeed.
Here are the facts...The Natures Ancient Wisdom Product introduced by “The Hemp Network” long before “Versativa” was started has two ingredients 1) Medicinal Mushroom Blend and 2) Hemp Protein. If you look at the top 4 ingredients of the “V” product, based on the percentage of ingredients in the product, you will find 1) Dates, 2) Raisins, 3) Oats 4 Whole Fruit (Cherry, Blueberry, or Raspberry). Where is the Hemp? Oh yeah, coming in at a distant #5 is Hemp Seeds.
Can you really consider a product with Whole Hemp Seeds as the 5th ingredient in a product more of a “hemp product” than one that includes Hemp Protein (much more potent than raw seeds) as part of an exclusive blend along with a Medicinal Mushroom Blend...Of course not. You can buy a bag of whole hemp seeds for less than $5 a pound! So what does this tell you about those who make such claims (knowing them to be untrue)?
But hey, they are likely making money selling their bags of oats (another extremely cheap ingredient) and fruit using “The Hemp Network” presentation to others. It appears they will say anything to sell their products.
What about their product that contains hemp seed extract? Well ask them about the Hemp Protein (non stated) or the Omega content (non stated)...each of which can be found in Hemp Milk and Hemp Oil but for some reason is not present in any measurable amount in their product and you will likely get a blank stare. You can be sure that any ingredient label would include any measurable amount of protein or healthy omega fats on the label if indeed in contained a measurable amount per serving. It does not.
The fact is there is no measurable amount of any of the known beneficial nutrients found in hemp seeds (omegas/protein) in this product but rather, like their primary product, is made up of a bunch of other perhaps beneficial ingredients but only includes a dash of hemp seed extract to the slightest degree; that way they can make the claim that it contains “hemp” so they can market it as a hemp product...when in fact it is not.
Clever marketing for sure, but this is not a “hemp product” by any stretch of the imagination. It is important that you understand the facts as it relates to product ingredients should you encounter anyone who may ask you about their products. Just keeping it real! I would not even bother posting this critical review if I there were not “testimonial videos” by some of their reps making inaccurate and misleading claims about being the “first network” marketing company offering hemp based products.
I have chosen not to post the entire ingredients lists, but it does validate the fact that there is more hemp in their products name, then in their products.
As someone who is learning about the nutritional supplement industry, and understands that if a product has any measurable nutritional benefits not only may you be required to include them on your label but you WANT to include them on your label. The label for the most part is the real product presentation...it goes beyond the hype and directly to the substance.
When a product label boasts having a concentrated hemp seed extract yet has no measurable amount of Omegas or Hemp Protein this tells you that the amount is insignificant. Hemp Milk and Hemp Oil are “concentrated hemp seed extracts”. Each boast real nutritional benefits, the “Versativa” fruit juice products main benefit claim is that it includes a “proprietary blend of peace and happiness!”
When a product makes a conceptual claim and not a real nutritional benefit claim you know it lacks the latter.
A single serving of Hemp Oil or Hemp Milk would offer more “hemp” benefits than drinking an entire bottle of the “V” concentrated fruit juice product, and at a fraction of the cost. Note that the entire serving size of the “V” fruit juice is 52mg which is composed of around 10 different concentrates of which the hemp extract is only one...our Hemp Omega
product (which we all know is more fish oil than hemp oil) contains a full 100mg of Hemp Oil (a very dense whole hemp seed extract!)
So what you have is a concentrated fruit juice with a marginal amount of condensed hemp milk or oil. Again, if the amount was not “marginal” the product would boast either a protein benefit or an omega benefit, but it offers neither. This is not to say that drinking concentrated fruit juices with a little hemp is not good for you, but rather highlights that this product is not a “hemp based” product; rather it is a concentrated fruit juice that happens to contain a little bit of hemp juice.
It is clear you would get more “hemp benefits” plus other REAL benefits from taking the Hemp Omega supplement which also includes a potent Aloe Extract, 1175mg of Omega 3s, Astaxanthin (one of the most potent antioxidants known to man!) and more; all in measurable and meaningful amounts.
Likewise, eating a bag of fruit with some hemp seed could indeed taste good and be good for you... but when hemp is listed as the 5th ingredient on a label (ingredients are listed in order of percentage of content) you are not eating “hemp based” product but a “fruit based” product that contains
My beef is not with any product but rather with the hypocrisy of and the misleading claims made by those promoting these products...especially since they claimed that the Medicinal Mushroom and Hemp Protein product we offer was not a “real” hemp product!
Just as the Hemp Omega product offers more “hemp” benefits than their concentrated fruit juice product, our medicinal mushroom and hemp protein product offers more “hemp” benefits than their fruit snack. Plus...it is my belief that medicinal mushrooms offer a more “unique” and powerful benefit than Dates, Raisins, Oats, Cherries, Blueberries, and Raspberries!
I can eat a bowl of healthy cereal and get the key ingredients in their fruit snack products. In fact their ingredient list looks like a common list of ingredients from granola bars and cereals. Throw on some hemp seeds and I get the benefits they boast at a fraction of the cost. But an organic medicinal mushroom blend formulated to address specific health objectives is indeed a unique product offering that you cannot easily replace with a bowl of cereal or a granola bar.
If you are not aware of the benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms you really do need to take a moment to view the following video: http://thehempnetwork.ning.com/video/medicinal-mushrooms-can-save
Perhaps I am too blame in the sense that I too have fallen for the desire to have more “real” hemp products and not really looking at the current product line for what it is...a quality product line. Of course we will all be very excited as we get more “traditional” hemp products in the portfolio but perhaps we should embrace what we have with the same enthusiasm that the “Versativa” crowd seems to have for their fruit snacks!
A least we can honestly boast that we are the first network marketing company to offer “hemp based” products, that we are the largest hemp based network marketing company in the world, and that our products really do offer unique benefits that combine hemp with other exciting and unique
If you want to be a part of this revolution I'll see you at http://www.thehempnetwork.com/hemp4victory