HempWorx Review: Is This Another MLM Pyramid Scam?

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Whether you like it or not, weed is a $1 billion industry. It's not just about smoking it. The flowers and seeds are used for organic body care, health foods, and other nutraceuticals. So there are companies such as Hempworx earning money by selling these hemp based products. You probably know this already and it's why you have searched through several Hempworx reviews.

But, can you really make money selling their products? Let's dive into this review and see if they are really worth your time and money.

What is HempWorx?

Hempworx.com was founded in 2014 by Josh and Jenna Zwagil. They run an MLM company that sells hemp based supplements, oils and operate within the CBD niche. Their products are available in all 50 states across the U.S.

What Products Does HempWorx Provide?

They sell a wide variety of hemp and CBD products which they allege can relieve pain, renew stem cells, and improve your overall health.

Some of their notable products include:

  • Hemp Drops – pure CBD oil for pain relief
  • CBD Cream – anti-aging cream to reduce wrinkles and lines
  • Hempworx for pets – improves a pet's immune system
  • Revive Cream – CBD collagen cream to moisturize the skin
  • Hempworx Relief – cream for relaxing the muscles

HempWorx Commission Plan

Like most MLMS Hempworx has a complex commission plan. We'll do our best to explain it in plain English. But basically there are various ways a Hempworx Distributor can earn money. Commissions are earned according to how much Business Volume (BV) you have earned.

Retail Customer Commissions

This commission is paid weekly. Distributors get products at wholesale pricing which is up to 25% off. So at this level when you sell a product, you will earn the difference between the wholesale price and retail price. To qualify, distributors must purchase one of the starter packs and earn 40 BV points.

Jump Start Bonuses

This commission is paid weekly and goes 10 levels deep. Again, there is a potential payout of 85% commission on Business Volume (BV). To qualify you need to buy a starter pack and get at least 40 BV per month.

Binary Team Commissions

This commission is paid monthly. Distributors can earn up to 20% commission. To qualify, distributors must get at least 40 BV in personal sales and 300 BV in your pay leg.

If the complicated MLM compensation plans confuse you, you're not alone. Fortunately, there are businesses such as Wealthy Affiliate which have a straightforward commission structure that doesn't require a multiple page compensation plan to understand.

How Much Does It Cost To be An Hempworx Distributor?

At the time of writing this review, it will cost you an up-front fee of $20 to become an HempWorx distributor. In addition, you will be required to buy a product package. Depending on which product line you want to promote, the packages can range anywhere from $59 and go up to $599.

If you don't like the idea of investing any money to make money, you may want to consider free sites like InboxDollars.com, Fusion Cash, SurveyJunkie.com & Swagbucks.com which allow you to make money online without spending a dime.

How Much Money Can You Make with HempWorx?

Hempworx states they have one of the most aggressive affiliate programs with up to an 85% commission payout. Depending on your rank, they allege you can earn from $500 up to $1 million per month.

HempWorx Complaints

Okay, here's the section of the review you have all been waiting for, the complaints! So let's have a look at some of the red flags that we have uncovered and see if this MLM is really worth your time and money.

Misleading Income Representation

They allege you can earn up to seven figures per month depending on your rank. But if you look on page 12 of their terms and conditions, they say that any amounts reflected on their website is for demonstration purposes only and does not mean anything in terms of earning commissions. Seems like they are throwing these huge numbers around to try and get you to join.

No BBB listing

For those of you who live and die by the Better Business Bureau ratings, you won't be happy to know that they don't even have a BBB listing at the time of this review.

Overpriced products

Like with many MLMs, they normally charge higher for products which you can find at a cheaper price somewhere else. Hempworx is no different. For instance, a 500 mg bottle of hemp oil will cost $69.99, excluding shipping. Customers can just buy this directly from Amazon.com which will be a lot less in terms of cost. Overpriced products are going to make selling very difficult for the distributors.

Odds are not in your favor

They claim that teams can allegedly earn commissions of up to $1 million per month. Sounds great doesn't it? What they don't tell you is that you have to recruit a lot of distributors under you to make any decent money. There is a lot of direct selling involved and quite honestly, it's not worth your time.

If the thought of recruiting people sounds too involved and time-consuming, you might want to consider Wealthy Affiliate which allows you to build a business without having to recruit people. If you're just looking to make extra income, you might also want to look at other sites like InboxDollars.com, Fusion Cash, SurveyJunkie.com & Swagbucks.com. They also don't require you to recruit people to make money.

Start-up costs

So the $20 joining fee is not too bad. But where they make their money is from the Builder Packs that you have to purchase if you want to make commissions. These packs start at around $60 and go up to $600 at the time of this review. For some people start up costs are a deal breaker. Not everyone understands that any business requires an initial investment. But companies like Wealthy Affiliate provide you with a free option to get started with your business. So it may be something to consider.

Is There A Better Alternative to HempWorx?

Hempworx is not as bad as some MLMs out there but there is a lot of things wrong with this business model as pointed out in the complaints section.

If there is anything that made you feel uncomfortable, there are other options out there that you can try. Sites like InboxDollars.com, Wealthy Affiliate, Fusion Cash, SurveyJunkie.com & Swagbucks.com are alternatives worth trying if you're looking to make income.

Is Hempworx Legit or Not?

Hempworx is not a scam, they have been around for a few years but that doesn't mean I would recommend them. Why? As with most MLMs, you have to recruit a lot of people in your downline if you want to make any decent money. There is too much of an emphasis on direct selling and recruiting.

Given the high prices of the products, it's going to make it harder to sell. It's easier to sell products at prices that people are accustomed to. So it may not be a great option for everyone. Although there obviously some small numbers of people that do well with this business model.

But I find that it's easier to promote products from companies people already know and trust like Amazon. Fortunately, My Best Work At Home Recommendation can teach you how to make money with companies like Amazon and others. And the great thing, you can try it for FREE before making any investment in this business. So you may want to consider this option.

So, there you have my review of Hempworx. Please share your experience or comments below.

Until next time

Eddy ”With a Y”

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Melanie Fritz - December 15, 2018 Reply

I joined. Their customer service is the absolute worst. It cost me relationships with clients. I joined because a mom I respected raved about the product. It made my son and I unable to sleep and jumpy. But the worst part was they promised the world to families with neuro atypical kids and then didn’t deliver and when I needed to know where shipments were, they took over a week and three emails later to respond. Additionally if you respond to their “I’m sorry for the delay email in ANY WAY, they send you to the BACK of the customer services line.” Jenna’s videos are a joke. It’s all about them Benjamin’s for these guys. Complete waste of money and time. Save yourself the trouble.

    Eddy Salomon - December 15, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your real experience with this company.

Laura - November 28, 2018 Reply

Hempworx will cost you far more than you can ever earn! They sign you up for automatic purchases every month without your knowledge! To stay active they force you to make personal purchases that are very expensive. This is a very deceptive company, they claim to have the best training but they do not, they only train you on how to keep active by buying product every month. Please do not join this shady company. It is very hard to make any money. The only ones getting rich are the owners.

    Eddy Salomon - November 28, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience Laura. It sounds like it wasn’t a good one for you.

    Sarah - November 30, 2018 Reply

    Laura, I respect your opinion, however I feel obligated to clarify that Hempworx does not force you to do anything. The autoship is an option but not required. Sorry you had a bad experience, for me this company is my ticket to better health and a healthy paycheck.

    Kimberly Craine - January 11, 2019 Reply

    This is not true and you know it!!
    #1 – You have to set up your auto-ship. It is not set up for you.
    #2 – You can cancel or change your auto-ship at any time.
    #3 – Yes, as an affiliate you have to make a purchase to remain active. If you are not using the product(s), how can you sell them?
    #4 – It’s a business!! If you don’t learn about the products, or how they work, you can not sell them. If you don’t work it as a business, you won’t make any money….same as with any other business….and I have a few.
    #5 – Learn the difference between pyramid schemes (they have no products to sell) and legitimate business opportunities!! As with any business, there are people at the top (the boss), people in the middle, and people at the bottom. It’s just how things work!!

Leslie - November 4, 2018 Reply

A pyramid scheme does not equal an MLM. Do your homework.

    Eddy Salomon - November 4, 2018 Reply

    I love people who just scan reviews and leave comments like this. I guess you missed the part in my conclusion where I said this isn’t a scam. It would be nice to see people actually address the complaints that folks have with this company.

Jay - September 24, 2018 Reply

I do believe wealthy affiliate goes on recruiting also, right?

    Eddy Salomon - September 24, 2018 Reply

    Wealthy Affiliate isnt an MLM that requires its members to promote it. It’s optional to be an affiliate. WA teaches you how to create a website about any passion you have and make money by promoting companies and products that people already know and trust such as Amazon, Walmart, target etc. So recruitment of other WA members isn’t a requirement to make money with their company. I promote WA because it helped me create a successful online business. But that was my choice. Other members of WA are creating websites on other topics and promoting other companies.

Alissa - September 10, 2018 Reply

Eddy is correct about this company..and to add to that, their customer service is terrible. Two thumbs down.

Chris - August 17, 2018 Reply

Biased and trying to promote other websites for their own benefit. Unless you’ve been an affiliate for the company then you don’t have anything other than an uninformed opinion which is not enough to be able to make an informed recommendation.

    Eddy Salomon - August 17, 2018 Reply

    If I was biased I would have just said all negative things about this company and called it a scam. How about actually addressing some of the complaints laid out above. Trying to discredit someone that has literally helped thousands of people avoid scams for over a decade doesn’t help address the flaws of this company. The reality is this company has issues like any company does.

Ted - August 12, 2018 Reply

Hello Eddy! Thanks for telling us more about hempworx and it’s marketing plan. The title threw me off a bit when you used the phrase pyramid scam. The government defines a pyramid scam as a business opportunity that does not actually market a product. Just an FYI. Thanks again for your information!

    Eddy Salomon - August 13, 2018 Reply

    You’re welcome Ted. I know what a pyramid scheme is. Unfortunately most people online don’t. They assume an MLM is a pyramid scheme or they view any work at home as a scam. So I used a title that I know would get people reading and thus providing folks with the right information.

    Kat - August 18, 2018 Reply

    FYI – No, the government has no such definition, nor does anyone else. Most Pyramid Schemes have products that they do market, they just care far more about the recruiting side of the marketing than the customer sales side, because that’s where the company/CEO is really making their money. The FTC’s own reports on the difference between Pyramids and ‘legit’ MLMs includes quotes like these.

    “Many companies that market their products through distributors sell quality items at competitive prices. But some offer goods that are overpriced, have questionable merits, or are downright unsafe to use.

    Find out what will you be selling. Are similar products on the market? Is the product priced competitively? Is it safe? Can your sponsor “” the distributor who is recruiting you “” support the claims about the product’s performance?”


    “MLM’s have a real product to sell. More importantly, MLM’s actually sell their product to members of the general public, without requiring these consumers to pay anything extra or to join the MLM system. MLM’s may pay commissions to a long string of distributors, but these commission are paid for real retail sales, not for new recruits.”


    Pyramid scams do, by and large, market a product. It’s just a product that doesn’t work, no one wants, is ridiculously overpriced or is otherwise a waste of time to market to the public – so instead they market it as a way for people to get make a lot of money with minimal legitimate effort.

    And you’ll note that all the stuff Eddy said about it Hempworx products being potentially overpriced and comparable products being on Amazon for less, demonstrates that there are some MLMs that are basically “Pyramid Lite.” Plenty of prosecuted Pyramid schemes were once called simple MLMs, until a full investigation of them was called for and completed. If Hempworx is among the Vemmas and Herbalifes remains to be seen, but your argument against Eddy’s use of the word is not consistent with any definition of what makes a Pyramid scam an actual scam.

Garth - August 2, 2018 Reply

After buying 4 bottles of Hempworx, a friend of mine who is in her 60’s still has her sciatica and knee pain. She paid retail, and then she talked to us. We told her about something that we are using, and we know to be the best because we compared it. She knows us, likes us and trusts us. Yes, it was more money, but after 2 weeks of being consistent, her sciatica pain was gone and she slept so much better. Needless to say, she signed up to get a discount. There seems to be a bias in this review as the writer is promoting something else, but not another CBD product.

    Eddy Salomon - August 2, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts with us about their product and company.

    I have laid the good and bad about this company. I know that bothers reps because it doesn’t fit their narrative of painting the picture that the company and product they’re promoting is perfect for everyone. But the reality every company has flaws. However I even stated at the end of this review that I didn’t think this company was a scam. If I was totally biased like you claimed I would have just bashed the company and called it a scam which I didn’t.

    I could make more money if I did that with all my Reviews. But that’s not how I work. I tell folks the good and bad and provide them with alternative options that I trust. The fact I make money with my blog doesn’t make me any less objective and credible. I’m transparent about that and it’s not a dirty little secret you have revealed. People can read this review and others and make the best decision for them.

    Furthermore if my objective was to be biased your comment would have not seen the light of day. But it’s here for everyone to see so folks can make a decision for themselves on this company. So thanks for sharing.

    Kat - August 18, 2018 Reply

    It’s amusing all these people so desperate for only positive reviews of the MLM they think is worthwhile, that they consider an objective breakdown of the programs pros, cons and inconsistencies a “biased” review. SMH.

    If you ignore that 99.9% of MLMs make overblown claims about earning potential and product efficacy, and choose to rep for one anyway, you better know that every negative/con on this list exists, or you did NOT make an informed and adult decision to be a rep. And you damned sure shouldn’t argue against others being given the same information, so that their decisions can be informed as well.

    Eddy Salomon - August 18, 2018 Reply

    Agreed Kat! Thanks for chiming in.

    Jitibuy - January 27, 2019 Reply

    Hi All. Eddy (with a ‘y’), your review was not quite complete. If you want a truly complete review, I would suggest that if you want to compare prices of the products in your reviews, I would highly suggest that you refrain from using generalized statements such as, “You can easily purchase the same products from Amazon for much less.” As I am a distributor for a different company, I would state that the oils being sold through many different companies including through Amazon are compiled of different makeups. One bought through Amazon may contain less CBD oil as it may contain Coconut Oil or other ingredients which is why it is less pure and thus, less expensive. Comparing only prices is like comparing Apples to Oranges and not a true Review or Comparison. Do your due diligence on a specific item if you are going to review items. Otherwise, leave it at the business organization level.

    Eddy Salomon - January 27, 2019 Reply

    The review wasn’t meant to dissect every little nuisance and detail of the company and their products. It’s a high level overview of the pros and cons of this company. People can easily go to amazon and compare the product ingredients side by side and determine if some of the nuisances you’re referencing is worth paying more for. And I expect they will read other reviews as well which may go deeper. That said, this doesn’t make my review any less helpful and you failed to address the other complaints I mentioned above. I know the tactic by reps is to attack the blogger who has helped people thousands of people avoid scams for over a decade rather than actually address the complaints listed above. If you think that somehow will plant seeds of doubts in the information then by all means carry on. But the reality is most people find this information useful and if they want to dig deeper they will do so. But at the very least, they will be aware that companies like this aren’t all perfect. And the kool-aid a rep may feed you may not be a complete picture. So it can lead to more research and more questions that a rep will need to address before someone blindly jumps into an opportunity that may or may not be right for them.

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