CBD medications are no doubt changing the face of herbal and pharmaceutical medicine cultivation and production. CBD medications show unparalleled promise as an effective treatment for eating disorders, nausea, seizure control, chronic pain relief, possibly even treating depression and anxiety. However, as the CBD market grows, consumers are becoming more and more skeptical about the quality of the various CBD products and for good reason; there have been several lawsuits against companies that manufacture and sell CBD products that are either contaminated or don’t maintain the dosage or level of CBD claimed on the product labeling.
Sketchy manufacturers market products infiltrated with pesticides, contaminants, and additives. Some even completely leave out the critical CBD compounds that are the true essence of a cannabis-infused product. A trusting buyer can easily fall for the deception when the label reads “100% CBD”. For those in the legal hemp and cannabis industries, this is especially concerning. With so many new businesses starting to sell CBD products, there is concern that some consumers will lose trust in the CBD market.
Even though CBD grows in popularity, cannabis users are becoming proficient at discerning the good from the bad. However, this has not stopped the problem of false labeling and its associated risks on the cannabis industry. Proper CBD quality control measures are needed to deal with this issue.
Apart from false labeling, contamination is another major risk when it comes to CBD products. CBD research shows that not enough measures are taken by many cultivators to prevent the risk of contamination. Some cultivators use hemp to do cover crops and purposely suck out the heavy metals and pesticides on soil there so that they can plant food crops next. Such crops are then imported into the US and used to make CBD.
What’s the Solution?
The above-listed problems can be dealt with various CBD quality control measures. At the moment, USDA organic certification seems to be the only viable solution. This solution is not easy to achieve and it’s not a perfect fit, but it’s the best option available for both CBD brands and consumers. Following are some reasons how this solution can help mitigate the above-listed risks:
Quality of Products
Certified organic products are simply better. For a consumer who values CBD products that are guaranteed to be free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or other contaminations such as petroleum products, the USDA certified organic seal is an ideal solution.
The USDA organic seal is associated with higher quality products and such products are in high demand despite the higher price. A CBD product that is the result of appropriate CBD research and carries the USDA organic seal can yield high demand in the same way.
Because of the wide range of CBD brands available in the market, it can be quite difficult to distinguish one from another. Some key industry standards include QR codes, third-party lab testing, accurate dosing, etc. However, because of the false labeling and contamination risks, the USDA organic seal can be the top differentiator in the industry mainly because it’s so easy: either a CBD product has it or it doesn’t.
In conclusion, clarity is the only solution for false labeling and contamination risks in the CBD industry. This is the reason third-party testing is becoming increasingly more common.