CBD is an incredible thing. It can heal in a myriad of ways including fighting pain, anxiety, and even seizures. Many people use CBD in the place of whole-plant cannabis therapy to avoid the psychoactive features of THC. It’s flavorless and colorless when extracted and tons of it is hitting the market. The issue is, however, that it’s almost impossible to tell if you’re getting true CBD. With no high, no flavor, and no color, how can one know?
This has led to an issue: fake CBD hitting the market. The FDA did a survey in 2015 of 18 CBD products and another in 2016 on 22 CBD products. They found that none of them had the amount of CBD they claimed. On average the products claimed around 330 mg and were found to have only about 20.9 mg of CBD in them. In fact, 9 of the samples tested contained no CBD at all.
This inaccuracy could truly harm patients who depend on a certain level of CBD in order to treat their ailment. If a child who takes CBD for seizures receives the wrong dose, it could have horrible repercussions. It’s completely unethical of these companies to sell their products with such huge discrepancies between what they claim they contain and what they actually do.
The companies tested by the FDA have mostly all shut down. Which is great, but still leaves other companies that weren’t tested flooding the market. The only way to ensure that patients are getting the right amount of CBD is through testing and possibly further regulation by the FDA. This is sort of a catch-22 considering the FDA is one of the major opponents of cannabis.
In the meantime, when buying any CBD products, the most patients can do to protect themselves is only buy from companies who test with reputable labs. It’s really the only way to know you’re getting the medicine you need and not some hyped-up fake product. Hopefully, in coming years this will be a more heavily regulated area of the cannabis industry.
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.