How we vet brands and products

In an effort to help you make the best decisions for your next session, we occasionally partner with brands and recommend products in our content.

Any product we recommend or brand we work with is thoroughly vetted by our team for:

  • credibility
  • company reputation
  • good business practices

Ultimately, this vetting process ensures that you’ll only see recommendations for products and companies we stand behind.

Why do we prioritize vetting at HotBox Magazine?

We feel a responsibility to our community to make sound recommendations that have been evaluated and approved by our Brand and Content Integrity team.

We hope to have a positive impact on you and your cannabis experiences, as well as set a standard across the cannabis industry.

Our vetting process

Each product or brand we review is vetted using the same scoring system.

Here’s what we consider:

  • Are any health or medical claims supported by the current body of scientific evidence?
  • Does the brand adhere to industry best practices?
  • Are they leading the industry in their business practices?
  • Do they have any third-party awards or certifications?
  • Are there any pending lawsuits or previous settlements related to fair employment practices or marketing practices?
  • Are there any pending or previous class-action lawsuits?
  • Does the product include a materials list? Does it follow current labeling guidelines?
  • Does the product’s material or composition have the potential to cause drug interactions, allergic reactions, or harm?

We re-evaluate all of our partner brands on a regular basis to ensure they continue to meet our standards.

If a product or brand no longer meets our standards, we remove it from our content.

And if we do share something that hasn’t passed our vetting process, we’re transparent about why so you can make an informed decision.

Learn more about HotBox Magazine’s approach to content integrity, including our high standards for accuracy and editorial quality.