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Buy strong CBD oil, or don’t bother at all

The FDA has shown us that many so called “strong CBD oil” products contain little or no CBD. How can this problem be overcome by those seeking the real thing?

September 15, 2016
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"..In other research, the New York State Attorney General’s Office found that many mainstream “herbal supplements” found on shelves at mainstream retailers contained zero content of the herbs advertised"

 

 

Buy strong CBD oil, or don’t bother at all

There has been quite a lot of controversy about CBD oil. Strong CBD oil, it seems, is quite a rarity on the market today. To demonstrate that people aren’t getting what they are paying for, the FDA sampled a number of CBD oils with startling results. One oil, which claimed to be 21% CBD, tested completely negative for any cannabinoids whatsoever. Another, with a label claim of 26% CBD contained just 0.05% when tested.

The strongest CBD oil among the sampling of products tested was intended for pets and contained 2.6% CBD. The makers did not claim a specific percentage of CBD. It’s almost laughable that “strong” CBD oil in the US is so low in cannabinoids, but it stops being funny when you think that people are buying this product specifically for the CBD content. Simply put, they are being ripped off big time!

How can you ever know if it’s strong CBD oil or not?

Given that many makers of CBD oil are making outrageous claims on CBD content, knowing what you’re getting turns into an absolute minefield. You could be paying good money for a completely fake product. It’s not a new phenomenon in the herbal products industry. In other research, the New York State Attorney General’s Office found that many mainstream “herbal supplements” found on shelves at mainstream retailers contained zero content of the herbs advertised.

With most herbs, that’s not a problem. You can always just grow them in your own home garden. You won’t be sure of the exact potency of your plants, but at least you’’ll know you’ve got the plant, the whole plant, and nothing but the plant.

When it comes to CBD oil, though, things get a whole lot more complicated. Although hemp with a high CBD content can’t make anyone high, you aren’t allowed to grow it in your garden because it looks just like marijuana. And even if you could grow your own, you would need a lot of plants to make a small amount of high CBD oil.

 

                       

 

In Europe GMP certification means it’s above board

The USA would do well to look to the EU in this case. GMP certification stands for “Good Manufacturing Practices”, and of course, this includes selling apples as apples (rather than bananas) and not selling any old oily substance as CBD oil. In addition, there should be no harmful ingredients in the product.

The US seems to be making progress on a state-by-state basis since the Federal Government won’t touch the topic, but strong CBD oil that’s actually certified as being what it says on the label is still some way from becoming a certainty.

Our recommendation is that consumers should seek certified products, and if that means purchasing them from the EU, so be it.

Tags: Cannabis , CBD , Enecta , Hemp , Marijuana , THC , Vape
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