Okay, this is a bit lame but it makes the point: What do you call CBD-infused water? Water.
That’s one takeaway from a report published this week by Leafly that asked the question, Do CBD products actually contain CBD? To find out, they bought 47 CBD products from a variety of sources and found that half didn’t deliver the dosage promised. Here’s the breakdown:
- 51% of products (24 of 47) delivered the promised CBD within 20% of the labeled dosage.
- 23% of products (11 of 47) delivered some CBD, but less than 80% of the dosage.
- 15% of products (7 of 47) delivered more than 120% of the promised CBD.
- 11% of products (5 of 47) delivered no CBD whatsoever.
It’s actually a bit worse than this. Notice they use a 20% label variance as the standard. In other words, if you bought a 300 mg product and only got 241 (it’s within 20% of 300), it would still count as one of the 51% of products that “delivered the promised CBD.”
Leafly concedes that’s a pretty lax standard but they offer some hope: Product testing since 2015, they say, has moved in the direction of accurate labeling, and in 2020 the FDA will step in and regulate CBD products.
- Use established companies who specialize in these products. Think of it this way: if you buy a sandwich at a hardware store, chances are it isn’t great.
- Ask for third-party, independent lab testing. Look for a QR code on the product, which you can scan to see the lab results.
- Packaging matters: if the packaging looks bad, usually the product is too.
- Price Matters: Products that are too cheap are more likely to fail on their CBD promises.
- Organic sourcing helps.