CBD Label Accuracy Called Into Question by New Study
CBD health products continue to gain popularity in the US and worldwide as the stigma of marijuana continues to diminish and the benefits of CBD become more and more widely known to the public.
Unfortunately, the new market still has a lot of fine tuning to do.
In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, 84 commercially available CBD products purchased in the autumn of 2016 were chemically analyzed to determine if the CBD doses were accurately labeled.
The researchers found that only 31% of the products tested contained the exact amount of CBD that was advertised on the label (within the acceptable margin of error), while 26% contained less CBD than the label indicated and 43% contained more.
E-juices were classified as the most mislabeled while tinctures were the most accurately labeled.
Unfortunately by the time a study is conducted and the results analyzed, things in the marketplace can change dramatically leaving the results as outdated.
As the CBD market continues to emerge, it is probable that from the Fall of 2016 to now, there have been dramatic changes in the way CBD is sold as more and more companies continue to open and consumers continue to demand higher quality products.
In addition, the tested products came from national mail-order companies that sold nationwide. These companies are generally not subject to state-mandated testing laws in legal cannabis states like Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska and Nevada, according to Leafly.
CBD Health Box aims to only include products in our subscription boxes which are from reputable companies and of the highest quality with the most accurate labels.
We also are developing some of our own products and will strive for excellence in all aspects of the creation of our new and exciting line of CBD products.
What should you look for when reading a CBD label?
CBD labels should list the manufacturer and/or distributor of the CBD product. Use this information to research whether the company has been historically reliable and trustworthy. It’s a good idea to look into the company’s testing standards so you can better ensure that the product is pure and contaminant-free.
Serving Size Information
More and more CBD products provide information on suggested Serving Size, Servings Per Unit, and Servings Per Package. This will give you an idea of the product’s volume and an idea of how long of a shelf life it has.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Content
Every CBD product label will include information on how much CBD is found in each serving size of the product. If the product contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it will include that potency information as well. Most commonly, this measurement is given in milligrams (mg). Some products will also list any other cannabinoid found in it, such as CBDA, CBG, CBC, CBCA, THCV, etc.
Hemp/Cannabis Oil Content
CBD products derived from hemp will commonly include how much hemp oil is found in each serving. Some labels will also share what part of the hemp plant the oil was actually extracted from. For example, the oil could have been extracted from the mature stalk of hemp or from a hemp seed, etc..