Mighty Health’s Balance formula is exactly what you need if you don’t care for chocolate, tinctures, olive oil, gummies, or vapes. Balance comes in capsule form. And while it contains a good dose of CBD, it’s not just a CBD pill. It’s a neutraceutical, which is technically not recognized as a separate category by the F.D.A—instead, neutraceuticals are pretty much treated like dietary supplements. This one in particular contains ashwagandha, L-Theanine, theobromine, and curcumin. I know, it sounds very Goop-y. But the most important thing is its per-capsule CBD content, which is a good dose at 10mg.
San Francisco-based Pot d’Huile is beloved by pro-cannabis chefs and home cooks because of its . [+] uncompromising flavor. The company even hosts pop-up dinner collaborations with chefs.
If you’re not the kind of person who’s willing to “hack” CBD and THC edibles to pair with each . [+] other. Valhalla’s individual doses are ideal, ratio-wise.
One major factor I considered when narrowing down this roundup is flavor. It comes in second to dosage—because nobody wants to consume anything that tastes remotely medicinal. Valhalla’s Tropical Twist is both tasty and dosed conveniently: Each gummy contains just enough THC and CBD to ease pain and promote recovery. And because it packs flat, it’s easy to stash and carry around. (I actually put a whole package in my laptop sleeve for accessibility when I’m on the go.)
Cheeba Chews has a major fan base partially because of its potency and consistent dosage. (Even Andy Cohen enjoys them.) And for good reason. Each miniscule 1:1 chew contains 50mg of THC and 50mg of CBD. So consume it with caution. Here’s how: Place the taffy in the freezer for three to five minutes and cut it into tenths. That will give you a reasonable dose of approximately 5mg of THC and CBD per piece. Under no circumstance should you eat the whole chew—depending on your tolerance level, you may experience palpitations, anxiety, or a general sense of being mentally unwell. As an acquaintance put it, “You take too much and you feel like you’re losing your mind.” (Personally, I only have two teeny pieces and that’s on a bad day.) No relatively healthy person wants or needs 50mg of THC.
Plus Products make a variety of CBD, THC, and CBD:THC candies—all of which are packaged in nifty . [+] little tins that’ll fit anywhere.
Kiva Confections’ CBD:THC ginger dark chocolate is just the right amount of sweet. And no, you won’t . [+] taste the cannabis (which sometimes leaves a bitter green aftertaste) at all. The flavor is all chocolate.
But be wary of the products you buy and do your research. Some cannabis products work while many don’t, mainly due to lack of regulatory testing from the powers that be and quality control within companies, which is apparently common in the cannabis industry. Your best bet to avoid buying bogus products is to purchase your goods in states where cannabis is legal—because certain systems, standards, and protocols have already been put in place (such as seed-to-sale tracking).
Aurora Elixirs is one of many CBD drinks in the market. But this one is the most refreshing.
And overall, the FDA’s primary takeaway was that more testing is needed. “These preliminary data are from a limited sample size and cannot be used to draw conclusions about the marketplace and supports the need for the long-term study, which will capture multiple retail sources (on-line and brick and mortar) and a greater number of products,” the report concluded.
As for CBD’s more mischievous cousin, THC, the study found that 49 percent of the products tested (72 in total) contained THC in amounts greater than the limit of quantification (LOQ). And though the FDA’s LOQ does not appear to be specified, at least one product tested contained THC levels as high as 3.1 milligrams per serving—likely enough to have physical effects.
Late last year, the FDA was asked “to conduct a sampling study of the current Cannabidiol (CBD) marketplace to determine the extent to which products are mislabeled or adulterated,” according to the recently released report. For the sampling, the FDA generated a list of 500 CBD and hemp products sold online, with 147 eventually being analyzed for 11 cannabinoids, including CBD and THC.
However, Betsy Booren—senior vice president, regulatory and technical affairs, for the Consumer Brands Association—said the scattershot results showed it was time for action to be taken.
The research also teased out food and beverage products—“edible,” “beverage,” and “gummy” items as opposed to “tincture/oil,” “capsule/powder,” and “pet” ones. In general, these products tested in line with the overall results.
As CBD pops up in everything from cocktails to cookies, there is still much we don't know about the products that tout its benefits. New testing from the FDA found that almost half of randomly selected cannabidiol (CBD) products also tested positive for THC, the primary active compound for marijuana, which calls into question the accuracy the labeling of CBD products.
Of that group, only two products that claimed to contain CBD did not contain any CBD, a relatively high level of accuracy. (Seven products did not contain CBD, but also didn’t claim to contain CBD.) But the CBD levels were also tested, and, here, the accuracy was far more lax. Of the 102 products that listed a specific amount of CBD, less than half—45 percent—contained CBD within 20 percent of the amount indicated. Meanwhile, 18 percent contained less CBD while 37 percent contained more.
On the bright side, 133 products were also tested for the hazardous elements lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. Only one product was found to be a potential health concern, and even that product is still receiving additional evaluation. So beyond cannabinoids, the products appeared safe.
“The FDA’s recent report on the labeling accuracy of cannabidiol (CBD) products further affirms the need for federal regulatory clarity,” she said in a statement. “Allowing bad actors to continue to put products on the market, unchecked, is a threat to consumer safety everywhere. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry applauds FDA’s efforts and urges Congress to provide more funding and resources to FDA to move quickly through this process."
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds unique to the cannabis plant. These molecules, along with aromatic compounds called terpenes, are thought to have medicinal benefit.
Why you should add a little THC to your CBD
CBD is currently under research for a host of different medical conditions. For example, the cannabinoid has demonstrated powerful antipsychotic properties in human trials of treatment-resistant schizophrenia.
The benefits of whole plant medicine
CBD is also being considered as a treatment and prevention for head trauma, as well as in diabetes, pain, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, depression, anxiety, and addiction research.