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Cbd mislabeled

Leafreport measures the accuracy of CBD products by comparing their labeled CBG strength to the amount found by the third-party lab tests. They base this accuracy on cannabinoid levels that are within 10% of what the label indicates.

According to the findings, 60% of the CBD products sent for testing were more than 10% off of the stated label amounts.

Leafreport.com recently shared results from its comprehensive review of CBD products that they tested throughout 2020-2021.

How it works

Throughout 2021, the peer-reviewed watchdog sent 221 CBD products from 111 brands for third-party testing. These included 35 CBD oil, 40 topical, 40 edible, 22 beverage, 55 pet, as well as 29 coffee and tea products. In order to receive an A grade, products needed to be within 10% of the labeled CBD content. Products that were off from the label by a higher percentage received a B, C, or F grade.

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“Our mission was simple: send the products for third-party testing and compare the results to the amount and type of CBD listed on the product label,” ​said Lital Shafir, the head of product at Leafreport. “Leafreport’s goal is to help promote transparency across the CBD industry and educate consumers so they can access products that are safe and offer the contents being advertised. Reports like this show that the industry still has a long way to go in terms of meeting acceptable standards for consumers. We hope that reports like this help educate those who want to use CBD and make them more informed in their purchasing decisions.”

Cbd mislabeled

Mascara. Tinctures. Candy. You can’t shop wellness or beauty categories (much less scroll through Instagram and its 10 million #CBD posts), without being bombarded with cannabinoid-infused products. And with benefits said to span everything from anxiety and pain relief to minimizing inflammation, it’s easy to see why. But with growing popularity can come confusion and some misunderstanding, especially considering the lack of regulation on the rapidly rising sector. In fact, experts say mislabeled CBD products are much more common than you’d think.

Reading CBD Product Labels: Source A COA

Sourcing COAs for your favorite CBD product should be easy. Several brands, like tinctures and topicals line Physician’s Grade, offer scannable QR codes and on-site URLs that allow COA access by entering a product’s batch code. Others, like body care and supplement brand Prima and Kush Queen (which makes gummies, lube, and bath bombs, among other products) provide access to current lab test results for every product they sell via product pages or website footers, allowing shoppers to kick the tires before point of purchase. If a CBD brand doesn’t provide a specific COA for a particular product, you might want to rethink the purchase, given all the labeling issues in the industry.

Reading CBD Product Labels: Compare Batch Numbers

Typically, CBD potency is the first panel of results listed on a COA for a hemp or CBD-based product (look for a list of cannabinoids, like CBD, CBG, and/or CBN). Do the percentages per product and/or per serving align? Make sure to check out the units of measurements used — if they don’t match, you may need to do a bit of conversion to verify what’s on the report backs up the label claims.

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Dollar sales of CBD in the United States in 2019, by state

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Mislabeling of CBD-infused products in the United States in 2020, by product type*

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