Making Sense of CBD Product Labeling
There are NO FDA regulations or guidelines for cannabis-related products yet, which leaves the door wide open for unethical companies to flood the market with mislabeled and inadequate products.
In a recent report, the FDA admits that the lack of regulation is potentially harmful and dangerous for humans and pets, but CBD products remain in the marketplace, without control. The FDA randomly tested CBD consumer products and found alarming discrepancies between the label descriptions and the actual product content of THC levels (0.03% legally allowed), CBD content, and contaminants (metals & pesticides).
With all this said, our only recourse to verify ingredients in a product is to rely on 3rd party lab testing until the FDA regulates CBD products. Any reputable company will have an easily accessible lab report to prove a product is what it claims to be.
CBD Milligrams Per Bottle
It's essential to read product labels carefully to know how many milligrams of CBD it contains because this determines the potency of the product. However, the inconsistency of milligrams information varies from product to product. Some labels list the total amount of mg in a bottle; others list mg per serving. One day there will be FDA guidelines on product labeling to make choosing a product less tricky.
How Much CBD Should I Take and Are There Side-Effects?
A doctor would probably advise you to go low and start slow. Meaning, start with a low milligram dose of CBD and increase dosage as needed. Everyone's tolerance is different, so it's wise to listen to the doctor.😀
Many CBD oil products offer 25mg per serving as a safe starting point and can go as high as 100+mg per serving. Edibles tend to contain 3-10mg per serving if you really want to test the waters and start low.
Are there side effects from taking CBD?
CBD is generally well-tolerated, but the safe answer is always to talk to your doctor, especially if you take medications. Carefully read a product's label to make sure you start with a low dose if you plan to take CBD.
You Have Your Choice of Cannabinoids
It's essential to understand what exactly has been extracted from the hemp plant based on your needs. Some products pull out all the cannabinoids, and others select specific ones leaving the others behind. Here are the most common extractions:
Isolate: CBD is isolated and extracted from the hemp plant and does not include the other cannabinoids.
Full-Spectrum: All the cannabinoids and THC (no more than 0.3%) gets extracted from hemp. Clinical studies show that CBD products produce more substantial outcomes when all cannabinoids work together- this is called the entourage effect.
Broad Spectrum: includes all cannabinoids minus the THC.
Terpenes is another compound found in the cannabis plant. It's responsible for its aromatic fragrance and, most importantly, it's valuable therapeutic contributions. There are over 140 terpenes in the cannabis plant, and each has its unique medicinal benefits like anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral. For example, the limonene terpene is known for treating gastric reflux.