A new comprehensive report from a peer-reviewed watchdog website shows that more than half of cannabidiol (CBD) products are mislabeled.
Leafreport Head of Product Lital Shafir says the review’s mission was to send products for third-party testing and compare the results to the amount and CBD type shown on the label.
Labeling Inaccuracies Abound
Review results showed that 60 percent of tested products showed more than a 10 percent variance in CBD levels.
Additionally, 28 percent of products had more than a 30 percent variance, and on average, actual CBD content differed from the label by nearly 25 percent.
Leafreport says beverages had the worst results, with only 18 percent of products matching the label and two products containing no CBD at all.
Out of 97 products that claimed to contain broad or full-spectrum CBD, 44 percent had inaccurate labeling, and more products got an F grade than an A in the beverage, topical, and edible categories.
When comparing actual CBD amounts to the labels, products needed to be within 10 percent of the labeled content to receive an A grade.
Products with CBD contents that differed from the label by a higher percentage received a B, C, or F grade.
“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,” says Shafir. “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.”
Leafreport submitted a total of 221 CBD products from 111 brands for testing, including 3 CBD oil, 40 topical, 40 edible, 22 beverage, 55 pet, and 29 coffee and tea products.
According to Leafreport, the analysis is a deep-dive into its many reports that focus on informing consumers about different aspects of the CBD industry.
With a team of physicians, chemists, nutritionists, pharmacists, and naturopaths, Leafreport says its mission is to introduce transparency into the CBD industry through patient-focused educational content and medical reviews.