Safe CBD Products
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We are living in a health-food era. Every aisle you turn down at the store you will see the shelves stocked full of products that say: All-Natural! Organic! Part of a healthy diet! However, oftentimes these claims are just used by companies to get their products to sell faster. Sure, your favorite “organic” cereal is part of a healthy breakfast — only if the breakfast consists of mostly fruit and you consume precisely twelve pieces of cereal. Often what happens is that this isn’t the case, nor what the label shows. There are often preservatives and food colorings that are toxic, but the company will only tell you what you want to hear regardless of the regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The depressing truth of the CBD industry is that these same types of claims are made by companies, and there is little to no regulation. Mislabeling doesn’t help anyone but the company selling the product, and I am here today to tell you, the consumer, what you need to know to steer clear of these misconceptions that are out there!
Finding Something Authentic
Just think of swiping through the new popular dating app, Tindr, and you know that some of the profiles you come across are concealing information about looks, age, or both. In reality, not every profile you come across will be completely accurate.
And as unfortunate as it may be, the same can be said for the CBD products that we all know and love such as CBD oil, CBD gummies, CBD topicals, and even CBD products for pets. Numerous studies have been done which shows that many of the claims made by CBD companies are not true.
A study from Penn Medicine News concluded that “Nearly 70 Percent of Cannabidiol Extracts Sold Online Are Mislabeled.” This is a shocking statistic, and the study broke down eighty-four different products from thirty-one different companies. The team of researchers tested each product to compare the actual amount of CBD in the product versus the amount on the label. Forty-two percent of the products tested were under-labeled, or that the product actually had a higher amount of concentrated CBD than advertised and labeled. The other twenty-six percent were over-labeled, or the product had a lower amount of concentrated CBD than advertised and labeled.
This other study shows that there were inaccuracies in labeling versus the actual percentage of CBD as well. This team of researchers analyzed data that shows that the products tested had varying levels of CBD and THC. Some consumers had products that had as much as 57.5% THC. There were even seven products tested that had no concentration of CBD or THC at all. These consumers essentially paid for a placebo that did nothing for them!
What can we learn from this?
It is clear from these studies that without the proper due diligence, a consumer may be getting the incorrect CBD dosage. Now at first glance, this might not seem like a big deal. However, some consumers use CBD to help with epilepsy, and this is a serious condition that requires a lot of attention to details. If someone were to use a CBD product that hasn’t had the proper testing, they may be over or under-dosing themselves for the condition. Or another issue could be switching to a new CBD product, and expecting a certain dose to achieve the desired result but finding out that the old or new product was mislabeled.
The big question becomes: How can I avoid the consequences of mislabeling? How do I know I am getting a certified CBD tested product that is authentic and real? Well, thanks for asking, because here at CÜR CBD we take this very seriously and all of our products are tested by a third party accredited lab called Green Scientific Labs (click here to see for yourself). By clicking on that hyperlink, you can see all of our tests on all of our products to verify the amount of CBD & THC in each.
The golden rule is to always make sure that no matter what CBD product you buy there is what’s called a COA, or Certificate of Analysis. The COA will show exactly what the product contains, and verifies that there are no unsafe synthetic toxins or more than 0.3% THC. Furthermore, a COA will guarantee that the product does not have any dangerous chemicals, pesticides, plastics, or metals. Just double-check and make sure that the Certificate of Analysis from an unbiased, third-party laboratory.
Here are a few terms you may see on a CBD product label or COA, and what each of those terms means!
“ND” means “not detected” and “LOQ” is in reference to the “limit of quantitation.” The smallest amount of a substance at a concentration that can be observed or analyzed is the “LOQ.” “PPB” and “PPM” means “parts per billion” and “parts per million” respectively. These terms are used when measuring how much of a substance is in a product. It is always a positive thing to understand Certificate of Analysis lingo, to ensure that you can confirm you are getting a safe CBD product with state-of-the-art CBD testing.
Now let’s talk about pesticide presence. Similar to what you might think, this test analyzes a batch of products and ensures that there are no pesticides present. Each state has different rules and regulations regarding pesticide presence about how much is allowed (if any) to be detected in a consumer product like CBD.
Next, there are solvent levels. Solvent levels in CBD products are measured in “PPM” or “PPB,” and diagnoses what kind of solvent is utilized and left in a batch. Again, every state has its own standards on the exact quantity of solvent that is legal.
Lastly, there is potency. The potency is really important and is the test the previous studies mentioned used to determine what CBD and cannabinoids are in each CBD product. The cannabinoids tested are as follows: cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabidiol acid (CBDA). This test will verify how much of these cannabinoids are actually in the product itself. Potency tests will often also include THC levels, which should be below the legal limit of 0.3%.
All in all, it is important as a consumer to know what you are putting in your body. If you are purchasing CBD products, it is likely that you are a health-conscious person already as is. Be safe and make sure to do your due diligence! If you are at all curious (and you should be) about the contents of CÜR’s CBD products, be sure to click here and see the third-party accredited lab tests that have been done to analyze our products. Here at CÜR we want to be transparent, and we think it is important that CBD products should be legitimate, and you should too.