Recent study found that CBD oils are 87% most likely to be mislabelled
The researchers say they were motivated by the alleged benefits of CBD for “a myriad of health issues”. But the lack of regulation and oversight in the market is preventing consumers from getting the CBD products they think they are buying. And so, according to their study published last week, only a third of cannabidiol products are accurately labeled ...
CBD unregulated US regulations
La research letter written by Marcel O. Bonn-Miller, Mallory JE Loflin, and Brian F. Thomas appeared in the Nov. 7 issue of the Journal or the American Medical Association. The group's affiliations are prestigious, and include the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and longtime medical cannabis advocates at Americans for Safe Access in Washington, DC.
Last fall, researchers worked to identify the most generic CBD oils sold online. They literally typed keywords like CBD, cannabidiol, oil, tincture, and vape into search engines and saw what popped up. From there, they narrowed their scope to products that included CBD content on the outside of the package. All products meeting their labeling requirements were purchased and then sent to a lab for analysis.
At Botanacor Services, a lab that specializes in Colorado's rapidly expanding industrial hemp industry, samples were tested for CBD, THC, and a bunch of other cannabinoids using high-performance liquid chromatography. They then used a 10-point validation method to determine the best way to process the samples. So to create an exact and fair dataset. In total, the researchers collected 84 products from 31 different companies. The concentration range of CBD observed in these products has increased from 0,10 milligram per milliliter to 655,27 mg / ml. The average concentration found in all products was'about 15 mg / ml.
Regarding the labeling of CBD, approximately 42% of products tested sub-tagged the amount of CBD they contained. On another side, 26% of products were over-labeled and did not contain the advertised amount of CBD. It is also important to note that researchers were already giving these companies a leeway of up to 10%. 30,95% remaining were accurately tagged according to the standards of the researcher.
The means of delivery of the CBD has also tended to play a large role. It has been found that e-liquids tend to be the most mislabelled products, arriving with the wrong 87%. Which was represented by 21 mislabeled products. Other oils have proven to be the most precisely labeled products, 45% of them were found to be accurate.
State policy in question
This study reveals a very specific problem faced by those who produce their CBD oil from industrial hemp. The current state of federal prohibitionist cannabis policy makes it virtually impossible to prove whether you are selling genuine hemp oil. Or even if the right people can get their hands on it ...
According to Josh Drayton, California Cannabis Industry Association, this labeling problem is something that professionals have been watching out for and which by law will quickly disappear in the age of legalization.
“The cannabis market exists without supervision, without regulation, without mandatory testing. This leads to public safety and health problems. ” Drayton told Cannabis Now. “As California enters the adult market, the top priority for industry, regulatory departments and administration is to minimize risks to public health and safety. And to put in place mandatory regulations. Accurate labeling will not be an option in the near future, it will be obligatory. "