Can't trust random internet "CBD" products? No surprise
There are a few takeaways from CNN's recent article "Only one-third of marijuana extracts accurately labeled, researchers say".
While it's nice to see CBD coverage in the mainstream news, this headline is misleading and should really be more specific. The extracts that the article refers to were 84 CBD products that were commercially available on the internet, as detailed in a study recently published in theJournal of the American Medical Association.
Moreover, the "inaccurate labeling issue" focuses mainly on potency but leaves out some other important considerations. Accurate potency labeling is a legitimate concern, but I'd like to see more specific attention paid to the large number of "snake oil" CBD products available online that include little or no cannabinoids. A discussion like this would also ideally pay attention to contaminants such as pesticides, solvents, additives, and other adulterants.
The major point that CNN does get right: "Until these products are officially regulated, it's buyer beware."
Although there are a few reputable hemp producers out there selling CBD products online, in legal access states why would you want to take the risks of buying through that route? We have superior, tested, verified products in our dispensaries. However, you'll still need to select your products carefully, as some dispensaries also carry CBD products of dubious origins alongside quality products.
Here in Oregon, most of our dispensary products are regulated by some of the strictest testing requirements in the nation. However, these requirements may not even be precise enough, and also don't even cover the category of heavy metals - a special concern with hemp-derived CBD products. You really need to know and trust your sources: producer, processor, and/or retailer.
If a CBD product doesn't have clear source labeling or other information about the plant's origins, chances are good that it was:
a) made from industrial hemp, and/or
b) grown and produced in a foreign country, including those without a consumer-trustworthy supply chain (including China, one of the world's biggest hemp producers and exporters)
The takeaways: ask questions, verify sources, scrutinize carefully, and get what you pay for. And unless it's your only option (or you know the source well), don't buy "CBD products" off of the internet!