Can I trust my CBD product label?

The short answer is NO!

Currently, hemp-derived CBD products do not require the same level of mandated regulatory compliance as Cannabis-derived CBD products, that is, they do not require microbial, pesticide, and heavy metal contamination testing. There are also tons of companies mislabeling their products and some putting novice consumers in harms way.

A 2017 study from the University of Pennsylvania found that nearly 70 % of products sold online did not accurately label their concentration of CBD and THC. The study analyzed 84 products from 31 different CBD companies and found that 26 % of the products were over-labeling their CBD content, meaning that they contained less CBD than indicated.

The over-labeling of CBD products in this study is similar in magnitude to levels that triggered warning letters to 14 businesses in 2015-2016 from the FDA (ie., actual CBD content was negligible or less than 1% of the labeled content), suggesting that there is a continued need for federal and state regulatory agencies to take steps to ensure label accuracy of CBD products. In addition, the study reported that a number of products under-labeled their THC content (i.e,these products had contained a significant amount of THC, more than what was labeled) which can cause undesired adverse effects to consumers.

Some companies are selling synthetic CBD products and are harming consumers. For example, in 2018 in Utah, products claiming to contain CBD actually contained a synthetic cannabinoid called 4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA (4-CCB). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 51 cases of people experiencing adverse reactions following the use of this “CBD oil,” with 30 of those people being hospitalized. Adverse reactions reported in victims included altered mental status, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness, and hallucinations. Since then, the CDC issued a health alert warning about “the hazards of consuming unregulated products labeled as CBD.”

Hemp & Heroes is a “Seed to Sales” company. We oversee our seed cultivation, use a proprietary pharmaceutical grade filtration system, formulate our products in-house (abiding by strict regulatory guidelines), and provide third party verification and testing results to you with transparency. All of our products are made with your safety in mind and our rigorous process ensures a consistent quality Full Spectrum Hemp Extract product line.

Bottom line, unfortunately, buying CBD products (both hemp-derived and cannabis-derived) is currently very problematic, so I highly recommend that you look for products from companies with transparent and valid third party testing verification as a start, and please always do your due diligence before trying any nutraceutical products.

Namaste, Dr. Laura

Source: Labeling Accuracy Of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online.” Jama, November 7, 2017 Doi:10.1001/jama.2017.11909

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