Purity and strength remain relatively unknown in today’s cannabis market. This is because – even in legal areas – regulations and enforcement are not at the level they need to be The result is an art where seemingly something goes.
Sadly, such supervision can be dangerous for consumers. In the United Kingdom, for example, a young woman died last month when she ate edible marijuana with “spices.” In this context, accuracy and quality testing are crucial for consumer safety and quality control. Let’s explore.
At the moment, the purity of the product is largely unknown
CBD represents a new frontier of well-being. It is non-drug, well tolerated and able to deal with various disorders. So, it is not surprising that many of us are looking for a high-quality CBD food or tincture to sit on our bedside table. However, rumors circulating around the CBD have exploded into the existence of a large-scale unregulated industry with little guarantee of what consumers are getting for their money.
This is evident in the case of product purity. A recent investigation into the Leaf report showed that one of the four brands reviewed did not test purity. This means that product manufacturers are also unsure of what is inside the bottle. Furthermore, the investigation found that only 13% tested their products for purity, microbial ingredients, pesticides or heavy metals.
Because of this kind of insight, people refer to the CBD industry as the “Wild West.” With little regulatory supervision or enforcement, companies feel free to create products that lack quality control. Leaf Report’s investigation found that there are many companies that are using extraction methods that leave various unhealthy and unwanted residues in their oil.
This is why consumers and industry insiders are calling for mandatory third-party testing. For accuracy, a test done by an independent lab is an easy way to show that there are no impurities in a given product.
The results of product capabilities vary greatly
Unfortunately, the same problems hit product capabilities as well. The Leaf report found that most of the company’s claims regarding power were incorrect. For example, more than eight out of 10 product-tested products did not measure up to 10% in acceptable variability.
This research reflects our experience in vitality CBD. In the past, we’ve taken samples of oils that we thought were suspicious and tested them. The results were shocking. We found one tincture to be 100% horn seed oil with little to no CBD and another tincture came up as an “unknown substance”. This product does not contain a single milligram of CBD.
The anecdotal and investigative evidence supports the need for verified product testing in terms of capability. This is a must because consumers often prefer to take specific doses of CBD at certain times throughout the day. At the moment, how do consumers know that their 1000 mg tincture contains 1000 mg (mg) of CBD?
The responsibility is on the customers
In my view, third-party purity and ability testing must be the norm. The CBD industry is setting some high standards for itself, but there is no regulatory office to enforce these standards and ensure that suppliers comply with them. Real accountability is needed and fast.
For now, consumers rely on due diligence to ensure that the product they are buying is safe and genuine. The good news is that some signs can help consumers choose better CBD products. First, look for oils produced with naturally occurring flax. As a plant, flax easily absorbs everything from the soil that it grows. What it absorbs can be vitamins or minerals, or harmful, such as lead, petroleum, and toxic chemicals. Therefore, it is always best for consumers to buy naturally occurring and organically derived flax.
Second, make sure the price isn’t too good to be true. High-quality CBD oils are not cheap to produce so if the price is too low it is a strong sign that it is made with low quality or contaminated raw material or low quality solvent. Furthermore, it may not contain too much actual CBD.
Third, make sure the product expresses the amount of CBD. A good oil made by a reputed company will tell you how much CBD you get on the label. Bad oil will often try to hide or exclude information. Therefore, look for the concentration or the total number of milligrams in the bottle. Higher numbers mean a more powerful product. To be considered effective, CBD oils should contain at least 250mgs per 10ml bottle. Something less and you’re wasting your money.
While these tips are not silver bullets, they are effective in identifying bad actors in this space. Unfortunately, until regulators take action, the responsibility falls on the customers.