CannaGlobe Review: Hemp products + Rodney Burton
CannaGlobe fails to provide ownership or executive information on its website.
The “events” section of CannaGlobe’s website referenced Marty Hale, who on FaceBook cites himself as CannaGlobe’s founder and CEO.
Why this information isn’t presented on CannaGlobe’s website is unclear.
Hale has an MLM history dating back to the 1980s. Hale’s published bio cites him as
- a distributor of Excel Communications (1989 – 1995)
- a consultant for PrePaid Legal (1996)
- a speaker for ACN (1998)
- co-founder and CEO of Net Lifestyles (1999 – ???)
Hale appears to have left the MLM industry for most of the 2000s. His bio details multiple contractor and executive positions.
In 2009, Hale returned to MLM as Chief Strategy Officer of the Trump Network. After that Hale held a number of MLM executive positions;
- distributor and executive (CEO and CMO) with Momentis (2011 – ???)
- President of bHip (2013 – ???)
- Chief Ambassador for Viridian (2014 – ???)
- founder of LIVIT International (2016 – ???)
In 2018 Hale returned to Terry LaCore and got involved in a number of LaCore Enterprises MLM companies (bHip Global is owned by LaCore Enterprises).
These include Liv Labs (2018) and Ignite VIP (2020).
CannaGlobe launched in 2018 and operates through the Colorado shell company CG Companies LLC.
The same Texas address used to register CG Companies is tied to Livit International, a travel company owned by Marty Hale.
I wasn’t able to verify if Lacore Enterprises had an ownership stake in CannaGlobe. I’m leaning towards no as LaCore is typically straightforward when setting up MLM companies he has an ownership stake in.
What I can confirm is LaCore Labs appear to be a product formulator for some of CannaGlobe’s products.
Both CannaGlobe and Marty Hale are based out of Texas.
Read on for a full review of CannaGlobe’s MLM opportunity.
CannaGlobe primarily markets a range of products containing “delta 9 THC”. Non-THC products are also available.
Gummies, edibles & drinks
- Giggles Nano HDI Delta 9 Gummies (watermelon, orange, lemon, grape, strawberry, orange, green apple) – “prepare for a stress free time and a calming, giggly, and long lasting elevation”, retails at $44.99 for 15 gummies or $139.99 for 30 sample bags
- Sidekicks HDI THCA Gummies – “boy, do these gummies kick”, retails at $44.99 for 20 gummies
- Microdose Lions Mane Focus – “who couldn’t use a little more focus in their lives?”, retails at $39.99 for 15 gummies
- Bakeables Brownie Mix – “25mg per serving – so share with your Buds”, retails at $59.99 for a 16 oz pouch (454 g)
- Bakeables Cookie Mix – “25mg per serving – so share with your Buds”, retails at $59.99 for a 16 oz pouch (454 g)
- Bakeables Fried Chicken Batter – “coats 5-6 pounds of chicken – so share with your Buds”, retails at $59.99 for 16 oz (454 g)
- Maxoutrx Mushroom Tarts Energy (grape, strawberry, orange, green apple) – “these tarts will take you to the moon and back with each sweet and tangy bite”, retails at $49.99 for 30 tarts
- Happy Snax Tarts – “these tarts will take you to the moon and back with each sweet and tangy bite”, retails at $73.99 for 30 tarts or $146.99 for 30 sample bags
- Moonshine Organics Craft Mocktail Shots (Pina Colada, Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri, Tommy Dean’s Sidecar) – “each and every product is sourced and crafted under the watchful eye of our Master Crafter” (non-alcoholic), retails at $49.99 for four 50 ml single-serve bottles
- Ignite Z-RO (Bluerasp Bilz, Tartbreaker, Peach Crisp, Purely Passion) – “delivers an eye-opening burst of smooth, sustained and controlled “feel good” energy”, retails at $32 for a box of twelve 16 fl. oz. cans (473 ml)
- Blitzd Seltzer HDI D8 (watermelon, lime, blood orange) – “lightly flavored cannabis seltzer”, retails at $39.99 for a box of four 12 oz. cans
Joints, blunts and vapes
- SmokeBuds Pre-Roll HDI D8 (various varieties) – “the perfect choice for those who crave a smooth, balanced drag”, retails at $19.99 per joint
- SmokeBuds King Palm HDI D8 (various varieties) – “a premium blunt packed with Delta-8 THC on the tip”, retails at $24.99 per blunt
- SmokeBuds Disposable Vape Pen (various varieties) – “the perfect pen to keep with you when traveling or on the go”, retails at $39.99 per vape pen
- SmokeBuds Cartridges (various varieties) – “this cartridge is perfect for on-the-go use, and its BALANCING effects will help you stay mellow all day long”, retails at $39.99 per cartridge
Supplements and Personal Care
- Maxoutrx Relief X Pain Muscle Balm – “our MOST EFFECTIVE topical”, retails at $74.99 for a 2.7 oz bottle
- Maxourrx Relief Pain Muscle Balm – “a highly effective topical”, retails at $69.99 for a 2.7 oz bottle
- Maxoutrx Perform Tincture – “Olympic Athlete designed formula is packed with PERFORMANCE POWER!”, retails at $149.99 for a 1 fl. oz. bottle (30 ml)
- Micro Dose Reishi Chill the F*@K Out – “find your inner peace and tranquility”, retails at $39.99 for 30 capsules
- Micro Dose Chaga Do Not Disturb – “designed with relaxing ingredients so you can finally get that undisturbed sleep”, retails at $39.99 for 30 capsules
- Micro Dose Lions Mane + Cordyceps – “designed with uplifting ingredients for your mind and body”, retails at $39.99 for 30 capsules
- Sexy Little Secret Aphrodisiac Shot (her/him) – “enhancement supplement to boost the sexual experience”, retails at $39.99 for four single-serve 2 fl. oz. bottles (60 ml)
- Sexy Little Secret All Night Long Sexual Enhancement (her/him) – see product name for description I guess?, retails at $39.99 for 5 capsules
- RYZ Sexual Enhancer Breath Refresher – “improves desire, performance, and satisfaction”, retails at $99.99 for 90 doses
- BRWD Instant Coffee Dark Roast – “fuel your body and mind with bold flavor”, retails at $64.99 for 30 servings
- Dr. Wright MD Tincture – 5000 mg hemp extract “full spectrum formula scientifically designed by our CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER and his team”, retails at $44.99 for a 1 fl. oz. bottle (30 ml)
Products CannaGlobe doesn’t explain to consumers
These products are listed on CannaGlobe’s website with no actual product description. For some reason CannaGlobe doesn’t want to explain what they are.
- Biscotti King Palm THCA Runtz – “the real deal; as real as it gets”, retails at $34.99 for 1.5 grams
- Biscotti Pre-Roll THCA Kush Cake – “the real deal; as real as it gets”, retails at $29.99 for 1.5 grams
- SmokeBuds Flower HDI THCA Runtz – “the real deal; as real as it gets”, retails at $59.99 for 3.5 grams
- SmokeBuds Flower HDI THCA Kush Cake – “the real deal; as real as it gets”, retails at $59.99 for 3.5 grams
- SmokeBuds Flower HDI THCA Apples and Bananas – “the real deal; as real as it gets”, retails at $59.99 for 3.5 grams
- Micro Dose Amanita Muscaria – no description provided, retails at $64.99 for 30 capsules
- Micro Dose Amanita Muscaria + HDI D9 – no description provided, retails at $69.99 for 30 capsules
- Happy Snax Nano HDI Delta – no description provided, retails at $46.99 for 15 gummies
- Shroom Flower Nootropic Mushroom Blend Mindset – no description provided, retails at $59.99 for 30 capsules
For some reason CannaGlobe also sells a range of Ignite sports clothing:
All the pieces cost $19.99.
Also for some reason CannaGlobe sells a few random products:
- SmokeBuds Table Runner – $129
- 10′ by 10′ Canopy in white – $1200
- SmokeBuds silicone wristbands – $97.99 for 50
CannaGlobe’s Compensation Plan
CannaGlobe pays retail and recruitment commissions via coded commissions and bonuses.
MLM Commission Qualification
To qualify for MLM commissions, a CannaGlobe affiliate must have 3 customer points.
CannaGlobe’s compensation documentation suggests satisfying this requirement through:
- an affiliate’s $25 a month membership fee = 1 point
- an affiliate’s monthly autoship order = 1 point
- referring a retail customer with a product order = 1 point
Note this requirement appears to be waived for basic affiliates and VDO Pro affiliates.
CannaGlobe Affiliate Ranks
There are six affiliate ranks within CannaGlobe’s compensation plan.
Along with their respective qualification criteria, they are as follows:
- Affiliate – purchase any CannaGlobe product or sign up with paid VDO or VDO Pro membership
- Area Trainer – recruit and maintain three VDO and/or VDO Pro affiliates
- Area VDO – recruit three VDO or VDO Pro affiliates who are MLM commission qualified (see “MLM Commission Qualification” above), and have a total downline of twelve or more VDO and/or VDO Pro affiliates
- Regional VDO – qualification criteria not provided
- National VDO – qualification criteria not provided
- International VDO – qualification criteria not provided
The Mentor Bonus is triggered when a new CannaGlobe affiliate, within their first thirty days, recruits a VDO or VDO Pro affiliate who qualifies for MLM commissions.
This triggers a $175 commission, which is coded as per CannaGlobe’s affiliate ranks:
- Affiliates earn $100
- Area VDOs earn $175
- Regional VDOs earn $200
- National VDOs earn $225
- International VDOs earn $275
The way these coded bonuses work is the qualifying affiliate is paid first. Given the Mentor Bonus is a thirty-day timed bonus, this is typically going to be an Affiliate or Area VDO.
For simplicity, let’s assume an affiliate who has just qualified for one Mentor Bonus is at the Affiliate rank.
This affiliate is paid their $100 Mentor Bonus, leaving $175 to still be paid out ($275 – $100).
The system searches upline for an Area VDO or higher ranked affiliate to pay the remaining $175 out to.
For our example, let’s say a National VDO affiliate was found first. This affiliate is paid $125, leaving $50 to be paid to the first upline International VDO (National VDOs receive $225, with $100 having already been paid out to the Affiliate).
When an upline International Director is found, they receive the remaining $50. Thus all $175 of the Mentor Bonus is now paid out.
Note that under this coded bonus structure, anytime an International VDO affiliate is found they receive the entire remaining Mentor Bonus. I.e. nothing is passed up.
Also note there doesn’t appear to be any limit to how many Mentor Bonuses a new CannaGlobe affiliate can trigger.
CannaGlobe pays residual commissions via a unilevel compensation structure.
A unilevel compensation structure places an affiliate at the top of a unilevel team, with every personally recruited affiliate placed directly under them (level 1):
If any level 1 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 2 of the original affiliate’s unilevel team.
If any level 2 affiliates recruit new affiliates, they are placed on level 3 and so on and so forth down a theoretical infinite number of levels.
Residual commissions are paid as a coded percentage of monthly retail and downline sales and purchase volume.
The coded nature of CannaGlobe’s residual commissions is the same as the Mentor Bonus (see above). That is, higher ranked affiliates can pick up leftover percentages their lower ranked downline affiliates don’t qualify for.
- Affiliates receive 15% on level 1 (personally recruited affiliates) and 1% on levels 2 and 3
- Area VDOs receive 18% on level 1 (up to 3% passed up), 4% on levels 2 and 3 and 3% on levels 4 to 6
- Regional VDOs receive 21% on level 1 (another 3% passed up), 7% on levels 2 to 4 and 6% on levels 5 and 6
- National VDOs receive 24% on level 1 (another 3% passed up), 10% on levels 2 to 5 and 9% on level 6
- International VDOs receive 27% on level 1, 13% on levels 2 to 5, 17% on level 6 and 12% on level 7
Again, this is a coded commissions. If we take sales volume generated on an affiliate’s level 4, this results in a total of 13% being paid out.
Affiliates ranked lower than International VDO will be paid their level 4 percentage, with the remaining passed up to higher ranked affiliates.
Regional VDO and higher ranked affiliates receive a 20% Matching Bonus on the 3% to 12% coded component of residual commissions paid to Regional VDO and higher ranked personally recruited affiliates.
CannaGlobe pays VDO Pro affiliates to train their downlines.
This generates $40 to $100 per affiliate trained, based on their rank.
$25 to $200 is also paid out in additional bonuses, however no specific information is provided.
CannaGlobe affiliate is available at three price-points:
- Bud – purchase a CannaGlobe product
- VDO – $420 plus $25 a month
- VDO Pro – $720 plus $25 a month
The only difference between VDO and VDO Pro is VDO Pro affiliates qualify for Training Bonuses.
There are a lot of red flags with CannaGlobe; let’s start with the products.
I want to begin by stating how I feel about THC… CBD… CBG… weed, we’re talking about weed – did not factor into this review.
If CannaGlobe’s products are legal where you are and you’re an adult, the choice to purchase and consume these types of products doesn’t factor into CannaGlobe MLM opportunity due-diligence.
That said, obviously if you personally have an issue with these types of products, CannaGlobe isn’t for you.
With that out of the way, when I first came across CannaGlobe omitting product descriptions I thought they were being coy. A bit of *winkwink, we don’t want to explain this if you know you know, nudgenudge*.
The best of example of this is Micro Dose Amanita Muscaria – denoted by the bottle with “NOT FOR CONSUMPTION” in capital letters:
And here’s CannaGlobe’s online product page for it:
So we have a supplement, sold in capsules that are not for consumption. So what am I supposed to do with my Amanita Muscaria supplement, sprinkle it on the lawn?
Amanita Muscaria is a poisonous mushroom with hallucinogenic properties. For some reason CannaGlobe don’t want to be upfront and honest about this.
*winkwink, we don’t want to explain this if you know you know, nudgenudge*
Selling a supplement made from a poisonous mushroom with hallucinogenic properties without a warning or documentation, sounds kinda dangerous to me.
Outside of Amanita Muscaria, other products without descriptions appear to be laziness or a technical problem.
Given CannaGlobe launched back in 2018, I’m inclined to put it down to the former.
Either way, some of CannaGlobe’s products don’t have descriptions and you’ll have to run a few searches if you aren’t familiar with weed culture lingo.
On the topic of legality, I’m pretty clueless on this. CannaGlobe stake the legality of their products on the US Farm Bill:
This seems to be legit, but it means CannaGlobe’s products “can’t get you high”. That’s kind of how they’re marketed though – I mean are “can’t get you high” joints and blunts a thing?
Without the high, all we have are the usual CBD and derivatives supplements (I’m not 100% on all the different acronyms used).
These are widely available in an arguable oversaturated market. In MLM alone it feels like every second supplement company had a shot at CBD over the past five years.
As to CannaGlobe’s products themselves, I’m guessing LaCore Labs makes the non-branded products. Everything else seems to be sourced from third-parties (some products appear to be white labeled).
There’s no transparency and it’s difficult to say for sure.
One brand that’s definitely being resold is SmokeBuds. SmokeBuds has its own affiliate program, which I’m assuming CannaGlobe has signed up under.
Most of the products are priced the same between CannaGlobe and SmokeBudz. One in particular stood out though, SmokeBuds’ 10′ by 10′ canopy:
For comparison, none “dispensary” branded 10′ by 10′ canopies seem to go for a few hundred dollars.
Moving on to CannaGlobe’s compensation plan, the biggest potential red flag is retail over autoship recruitment.
CannaGlobe affiliates have to generate Customer Points to qualify for MLM commissions. If a recruited affiliate’s autoship order counts as a Customer Point, that is a huge step towards autoship recruitment over retail.
This would be a problem as it likely means CannaGlobe is operating company-wide as a pyramid scheme.
If, on the other hands, only retail customer orders count towards Customer Points, that’d balance out the easy self-autoship = customer point cheat.
I’ll go so far as to say if recruited affiliate orders don’t count, integrating Customer Points into rank advancement would strengthen CannaGlobe’s compensation plan.
Unfortunately, beyond Area VDO, CannaGlobe don’t provide rank qualification criteria. Customer Points aren’t part of Affiliate or Area VDO qualification, so I’m thinking it’s unlikely they’re present in the higher ranks.
On CannaGlobe’s affiliate membership fees, the $300 Training Bonuses difference between VDO and VDO Plus struck me as odd.
Whether CannaGlobe affiliates have to be trained is entirely unclear. And if so, do they have to pay for it?
If not, is the $300 VDO Pro affiliates pay being recycled to pay the Training Bonus (i.e. paying the extra $300 back to them and then dipping into breakage or CannaGlobe’s revenue?).
Also how can CannaGlobe guarantee VDO Plus affiliates are all giving out the exact same training? What happens if someone “trained” does something in violation of their training?
Remember, all VDO Pro affiliates did was pay $300 more than the VDO affiliates to “qualify”.
If CannaGlobe’s training is crucial, it’d be better for the company itself to handle training. As it stands it just appears to be an excuse to charge people $300.
I’ll end on this:
As I was going through CannaGlobe’s products I came across a logo I’d seen before. The stylized “BR” above belongs to Rodney Burton, aka Bitcoin Rodney.
Burton is a notorious scammer through serial promotion of MLM Ponzi schemes.
Burton was also a top net-winner in Ryan Xu’s and Sam Lee’s series of Hyper* Ponzi schemes.
In between these three Ponzi schemes there have been plenty of others Burton has promoted over the years.
If Burton’s branding is appearing on one of CannaGlobe’s products then there’s obviously some undisclosed business arrangement between the two.
Burton’s involvement in CannaGlobe alone is pause for concern. Add incomplete compensation documentation, the potential for autoship recruitment and a lack of care on product listings, and CannaGlobe sits somewhere between approach with caution and avoid.