Study: Labeling Accuracy of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online | Dr. John's Remedies

The demand for cannabidiol (CBD) is growing as more consumers get wind of its ability to alleviate a vast array of health benefits. CBD has been found to help with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other ailments. The easiest attribution to CBD’s advantages is its ability to maintain homeostasis in the body through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.

Despite the product’s known benefits, it is still rather new to the market. This means state and federal regulations have not come to an agreement in what they classify as CBD hemp oil as a cannabis derivative, which has led to inaccuracies in CBD product labeling. In today’s web-dominated marketplace, this most directly affects CBD products sold online.

Why is product labeling important?

In general, products labels are important for anything you consume because they tell you exactly what’s in the product and where it comes from. For CBD oil, the product label should tell who the manufacturer and distributors are. This allows you to do your own research on the origins of the product.

Furthermore, the product label tells you the serving size, hemp oil content, CBD content and any other additives like sweeteners or other natural extracts. The hemp oil content informs you of the purity of hemp in the product, and you can determine how well the product will suit your health needs by assessing the additives. Some people prefer a more natural product, while others don’t mind a little dilution.

What’s most important is the CBD content since this is where you’ll get most of your benefits from. The dosage is measured in milligrams, and those seeking therapeutic effects of CBD typically want to consider higher levels of CBD for purchase.

What inaccuracies do CBD products labels have?

A recent study compared the CBD content listed on the product labels of 84 different CBD oil products from 31 different companies to the actual CBD content. Because of the discrepancies between state and federal laws regarding cannabis and CBD products, the study’s goal was to see how this has affected fair representation of CBD content in product labels. All samples were stored according to package directions, or in a cool, dry place, to ensure no damage to the product’s integrity. Various lab examinations were performed to test the products’ CBD content and for other cannabinoids as well (like THC, which would only be found in very small doses in a CBD oil).

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The lab tests found that about 43 percent of products were under-labeled for CBD content, meaning they contained more CBD than the product labeled stated. Furthermore, about 31 percent of products were accurately labeled, and 26 percent were over-labeled. Products that were over-labeled contained less CBD than listed.

So what does this mean?

If you’re buying CBD oil for therapeutic purposes, then buying an over-labeled product may not give you the benefits you’re looking for. By the same token, buying an under-labeled product may give a first-time user more effect than they need. Some people prefer to take CBD oil for mild purposes, like aiding in appetite and rejuvenating hair and skin.

However, ultimately mislabeling products is undesirable for any manufacturer and distributor because it could result in legal ramifications. Therefore, state and federal governments will most likely push for a consensus regarding CBD and hemp regulations so products labels can accurately reflect their contents.

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