Research has shown that although CBD has become a popular go-to product for many, the industry is plagued by products with labeling inconsistencies. According to Dr. Todd Cooperman of consumer Lab, a third-party testing service, there is good reason to be “skeptical” about the accuracy of labels on CBD products.
“I would say at least 30 percent of the labels are not accurate. The other 70 percent aren’t accurate or are just not telling you on the label what to expect.”
Another testing service, ProVerde Laboratories, which regularly tests CBD products, recently tested multiple CBD samples directly from shops. The products tested include topicals, oils, and vapes. The results showed that the many of the products contained less CBD than was listed on the label and only one sample featured the labeled amount.
Labeling issues are not new, unfortunately. In 2017, a large-scale study was conducted of many CBD products. The study showed that 70% of the products were mislabeled in that they featured either higher or lower concentrations of CBD and products that were labeled as THC-free actually contained amount of the substance.
Given that labeling issues, it is important to be aware of the issues and to do what one can to protect themselves. Interested buyers should strive to purchase from companies whose products are tested by a third-party testing service. Further, being aware of the ingredients is also beneficial. There are a number of verified testing services that users should look into, so that users know what they are purchasing and that they are actually getting what they expect. The more due diligence one does, the higher the chance one will be satisfied with the end result.
Correct labeling is crucial, especially because incorrect THC levels can lead to an erroneous designation of the product. Industrial hemp-derived CBD must contain under 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis, otherwise it is marijuana. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.
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