How Can You Know That CBD Products Contain What They Claim?
CBD oil and the related products are actually very new to the market and there has been some skepticism about the products containing CBD. This is often the case with products that are new and any product which claims to be helpful for your health, it is best to know what exactly you are putting in your body.
Like medical marijuana, CBD products have the additional debate stemming from the fact that they are derived from the cannabis plant and, though the US is becoming far more tolerant of cannabinoids and cannabidiol products, in general, like cannabis oil, with legalization in many states, many people are still not keen to put its products in their body.
It is important to know that CBD oil products are different from cannabis itself. CBD products do not contain THC, the psychoactive element of cannabis which is what causes a “high.” CBD products are designed to embrace many of the other natural benefits within cannabidiol.
So, how can you know that these products are what they say they are? Is there a regulation for the marketplace and can you check the exact ingredients of what you are consuming?
CBD Product Labels
The exact laws on what is required on the labeling can vary around the country and around the world. Product labeling is there to protect you as the consumer and should be accurate and have the necessary detail.
Manufacturers of CBD oil products have to establish whether their product counts as food, drink or as a supplement. Cannabidiol products can come in any of these three categories. CBD cookies, CBD drinks, and CBD dietary supplement capsules are all available. The regulations on what is needed for each vary slightly.
The protection for consumers comes from the fact that the laws are enforced and regulated by the FDA. If a product is being sold in more than one state, it has to follow the guidelines set out by the FDA.
If, for any reason, a manufacturer ignores their obligations to properly label the products (both THC and CBD) that have derived from the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa, then they risk federal action and not being able to sell the products in future. The labeling laws are quite strict.
If the product is coming as a supplement, then it must have a lot of information on the size and how many mg are being consumed for each capsule or drop. Accuracy is vital here.
For food and drink products, all ingredients must be listed as well as what makes up one “serving” or, in this case, what would be one recommended dose. If you pay close attention you will notice that some food and drinks you would consider to be a single person portion can contain two servings.
Avoiding THC in Your CBD Products
Many people who enjoy CBD products and the many benefits they bring have no intention of consuming THC whatsoever. There is no need for any sort of high when consuming CBD and people take it for everything from relief from anxiety to joint pain. The benefits are wide-reaching, and though still being studied most are in agreement that there is a huge amount that CBD can help with.
How can you be sure that high levels of THC are not in the CBD products you are taking in? Well, generally speaking, the plants from which CBD derives from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is a lot less difficult for farmers as they are not dealing with ingredients that offer psychoactive effects that can land them in hot water. In the states where cannabis is illegal, industrial hemp is probably the source of your CBD.
To be classed as industrial hemp, the product has to contain less than 0.3% THC, in the first instance, and this is before it is processed. You can rest assured, in this case, that THC levels are not likely to be high. Even once processed, THC oil levels should be tested and listed on the product label. This level of being under 0.3% is generally accepted as being a trace element, which will not have an effect on your body or lead to any psychoactive effects.
Where You Buy CBD Products is Key
What a lot of this boils down to is the source of the products. Most CBD oil and CBD product manufacturers will be happy to list their source or sources. Purchasing from a recommended, reputable manufacturer is the key, just like any other food and drink product.
A reputable brand of CBD product is easier to find in this transparent age of the internet where reviews are easy to come by. Checking that the brand in question provides plenty of information on their products and that the labeling has been done correctly is a great way to get a feel for the brand.
Many brands will provide third-party lab results. This is a good way for them to independently show that the product is safe and contains exactly what it says and doesn’t have any harmful levels of anything else within. It is worth contacting and asking whether these results are available but generally, you should only be doing this if you are particularly concerned.
Conclusion About CBD Product Claims
It is not easy to get a CBD product to the market and generally there is plenty in place to protect the consumer. Choosing the right company to provide your CBD products is key and, as long as you do so, you can be sure that they are carefully abiding by all of the regulations put in place.
As the industry becomes more of a mainstream and popular one, you can be sure that these regulations will continue to have an impact, and that there can be no cowboy companies trying to make a quick buck by selling products that are substandard.
A little research to know what you are buying is recommended but the laws in place should be enough to protect you when it comes to what you are consuming.
This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.