Muha Meds is a vape cart brand that has been the subject of much speculation around vape and dab culture. As we will show, whomever is behind the brand is showing evidence that they’ve learned from the recent concerns over unlicensed vape brands, especially the death toll from tainted vapes. Unfortunately, it looks like they’re learning the wrong lesson. They’re just trying to avoid being found out.
Muha Meds does everything they can to appear legit
There are many contrasts in Muha Meds’ practices compared to first-generation black market and street brands of THC cartridges…
Their website actually bothers to pop up a “must be 21” access button.
They even have a page for lab results. But not everything here is as it seems: Out of the three links for lab results here, only one of them is functional as of this writing. We can prove it using the Firefox Web Developer extension:
“CLICK HERE FOR HEAVY METAL LAB RESULTS” is not a link, it’s just text.
“CLICK HERE FOR CAT5 OIL LAB RESULTS” is also not a link, it’s just text.
Only “CLICK HERE FOR TERPENE LAB RESULTS” is an active link, with an actual hypertext address assigned to the text…
…which is doubly weird due to the fact that this sole lab test appears to be for a bottle of “Blue Dream” terpenes from The Terpene Store. In fact, we navigated right on over to The Terpene Store and found the lab results page for this exact same product!
Now, we’re all refreshed and gratified by the vote of confidence for The Terpene Store, but it is unclear what this has to do with any Muha Meds product. It’s not like the Muha Meds site mentions Blue Dream or The Terpene Store anywhere else on their site.
The Muha Meds “MuhaCarts” page is composed of (1) the obligatory model posing with product in what appears to be a parking garage, (2) nine photos of cartridge packages surrounded by evocative products meant to reflect their flavors, and (3) an email address and a couple links to social media, a standard page footer throughout their site.
Meanwhile their Facebook page consists of exactly two posts, both setting profile and cover images back on September 17th, 2018, with no activity since.
They also have a much more active Instagram channel, but we’re saving that for a plot twist later.
Why go to all this trouble to deceive consumers?
So far, we have a whole lot of smoke created to the affect of appearing to be just like a licensed vape company, but not much to actually substantiate it. For the record, we find no licensing in any state for Muha Meds or any company claiming them as a subsidiary.
We have reached out to Muha Meds to politely ask if they’re in the process of getting licensed or if they are a subsidiary of another company that is licensed, and have received no response.
Before we go any further, we have established that Muha Meds cartridges are already out in the wild. A number of vape users have seen them and asked about them:
- 5 days ago
- 26 days ago – this post raises a good point we explore below
- 1 month ago
- 2 months ago
- 3 months ago
We find confirmations all the way up to six months ago. Bear this in mind going forward. Getting back to that Reddit link, the poster there correctly points out that cannabis products, by California law, cannot be packaged in a manner that is “attractive to children.” Let alone recycling known brand names of products popular with children. Quote from cdph.ca.gov:
> “This includes using cartoons, images popularly used to advertise to children, imitating candy labeling, and using the words ‘candy,’ ‘candies’ or a variation, such as ‘kandy’ or ‘kandeez’ anywhere on the label.”
File that away for later reference as well: By California Department of Public Health standards, any THC vape packaging labeled with brands of candy, cartoon characters, or even the broad category of images popular in children’s marketing, is not legit and never will be. It’s pretty unlikely that that policy will loosen, as it’s a standard already in place for alcohol and tobacco regulation, and there’s a Juul lawsuit going on which charges that Juul’s marketing targeted children.
Now that we have all that out of the way, here comes the twist:
Muha Meds has recently posted actual lab tests on Instagram
This Instagram post, finally and at last, shows real lab tests from CannaSafe for only the “Muha Minis” products. And when we ran across that, we were almost ready to shrug and decide that we were looking at a legit company after all, albeit one that’s badly organized. But then, as is always the case with this brand, even this ploy fell apart on closer inspection. On that post’s text:
> “Everyone please note these are R&D results, which means research and development testing not compliance testing because we are still in the licensing process but not yet approved.”
But even that’s not the complete story. You see the Muha Minis line of products in the screenshot above, which we got straight off their page. Now here are the three lab test postings:
They’re real lab results alright, we even checked the QR code.
Notice the catch this time?
The three varieties tested are not any of the varieties shown anywhere on their site!
On their site, the Muha Minis line is “Dubble Bubble,” “SFV OG,” “Pineapple Express,” “Fruity Pebbles,” and “Watermelon.” The three lab tests are for the varieties “Cherry Pie,” “Cookie,” and “Grape.”
Now you might think, hold on here, they even said these were in R&D and their license is pending, let’s give them some slack.
Yes, but we just documented at least six months’ worth of Muha Meds products finding their way into the hands of the public, (none of which were from the Muha Mini line, by the way). And that’s not all: Muha Meds carts are for sale right now in several sketchy online websites.
You’ll note, none of those appear consistent with the Muha Mini packaging shown in the lab tests either.
So we have clean tests which, for all we know, could have been generated by cracking open three legitimate cartridges from some other brand and pouring the contents into three homemade mockups to take to CannaSafe.
For that matter, a whois domain lookup of muhameds.com – still the only source of information about this product – shows the site was registered with GoDaddy in April of 2018. So if, as their Instagram says, they are “still in the licensing process,” they’re clearly taking their time.
Where is Muha Meds located?
One simple question. After all the dodgy moves we’ve had to untangle about this company, it shouldn’t be too much to ask who brought these cartridges into CannaSafe. What about that? Their address is listed right on the lab test, surely we’ll get an answer there?
Well, guess what the story with 816 Olive St., Los Angeles, CA, 90014 is?
That’s right! It’s residential.
There is an 816 address at South Olive street, but that’s an apartment building, not much help without a unit number. There is no standard, non-south version of the street, so this is the only possible address. Here’s a real estate listing page for 816 S. Olive in L.A, with units numbering into the 600s. A unit number would be necessary there, even if there was a legitimate mistake of omitting the “S.” on somebody’s part.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate whoever set this up!
Muha Meds takes the cake for going to ten times the expense and trouble of fooling the public than it would take to just be a legit company in the first place.
We don’t mind being sent on a little goose chase. Hey, our investigative staff appreciates the workout! We will be accepting applications to join the lynch mob in our forums.