On March 14, the quiz show host took to Twitter after she discovered that companies on social media are promoting CBD gummies and claiming to be associated with her. A quick search on Facebook brings up dozens of pages with variations of the title “Mayim Bialik CBD Gummies.” But as it turns out, Mayim is not involved with any CBD company and she’s letting fans know to be aware about the ongoing scam using her name.
“Hi everyone. So … awkward. There are many untrue things floating around the internet about many public figures, but I want to address one about me that looks very authentic but is indeed a hoax,” she wrote. “I am not selling CBD Gummies of any kind and do not plan to do so at any point in the future. I have tried to get this removed to no avail. It’s not real.”
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Best known for starring on The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler, Mayim shares similarities with her onscreen character, like having a Ph.D. After earning recognition as the lead in the ‘90s family sitcom Blossom, Mayim stepped away from the cameras for a decade and pursued her higher education. In 2007, she earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. Since then, Mayim has returned to acting, and folks may have spotted her in commercials for the health supplement company Neuriva. But she hasn’t endorsed CBD gummies.
For further context, CBD stands for cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical found in cannabis plants, that has been infused into a variety of products designed and marketed to mitigate several issues. It’s important to note that the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product and consumers should first consult with their doctors before trying any.
Most recently, on March 21, the Call Me Kat actress reshared her message via a graphic she posted on Instagram and Twitter in case some followers missed it. Reacting to the news, Jeopardy! fans immediately flooded her comments section with thoughts about the incident.
“I saw this and looked at it with suspicion, but I DID look at it briefly because it was supposedly from you. But when I couldn’t find any peer reviewed articles, I figured it was malarkey. I believe in your scientific integrity too much. LOVE your work and presence!!??,” one person wrote on Twitter. “I knew it was fake. I reported so many of those pages & tried to even block some. I don’t even know how those things started up,” another added. “Thank you for posting. These ads should be removed! I didn’t think it was really but didn’t really know,” a different fan said on Instagram.
While many revealed that they didn’t think Mayim supported this product, it can still be hard to pinpoint online scams. To help, the Good Housekeeping Institute has safety tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping online or if you happen to receive a message from an unknown person. Before doing anything, take note of these steps:
- Be aware of links and messages coming from an unknown number. Most importantly, you shouldn’t ever click on a link sent to you if you don’t recognize the number.
- Keep your eyes open for bad grammar or frequent typos. Real and distinguished businesses proofread their communications.
- Generally, be very careful with your personal info. Always be conservative with what you provide to any website, and make sure that you’re entering it through a retailer’s website directly.
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