The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived products in the U.S. and now CBD products can be found almost anywhere. Cannabidiol or CBD, the chemical compound found in hemp (and marijuana) plants can now be purchased in the form of body lotions, tea & coffee, gummy treats, and even pet treats. Recently, CBD has grown in popularity as it has been marketed as a universal remedy, but many people are questioning whether or not this increasingly popular plant is a legitimate medical treatment or just a fad. Furthermore, the FDA has recently started cracking down on hemp CBD companies over false health claims and phony products, and now people are wondering what to look for and how to choose a quality CBD product.

The FDA & FTC Crack Down on CBD Companies Making False Health Claims

In early 2019, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to three separate companies marketing CBD products, stating the companies are making false claims on the effects and benefits of CBD on diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. These letters warned that it is illegal to advertise a product that can prevent or cure a disease without scientific evidence to support such claims. (1) What’s even more concerning is that many of the CBD products tested by the FDA ended up containing no CBD at all.

Now, just months later, the FDA has issued warning letters to 15 more CBD companies. On November 25, 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). (2) According to the FDA’s November 25 Press Announcement, marketing unapproved new human and animal drugs, selling CBD products as dietary supplements, and adding CBD to human, animal foods were among some of the violations. While the FDA states it plans to provide updates on the agency’s approach to false CBD companies, how do you know how to choose the good products from the bad?

4 Things You Need to Look for When Shopping for CBD

  1. Third-Party Lab Testing

One of the first things to look for when purchasing any type of CBD product is if the product has been tested by a third-party laboratory. Third-party lab testing is essentially what separates bad CBD from good CBD. If the CBD has in fact been tested, lab reports for that product should be easily accessible on the company’s website. At DOC-CBD we provide Certificates of Analysis for every product we sell. You can view our third-party test results for each batch on our website at DOC-CBD.com. You can find the lot number on the back of your bottle.

  1. Percentage of THC

Per law, a CBD product can only contain a certain amount of THC to maintain legality. While the legal amount of THC varies by state, currently the legal amount will fall somewhere between 0.3% to 0.5% or less. All DOC-CBD products contain less than 0.3% THC. A dose this low is very unlikely to produce any psychoactive effects in the user.

  1. List of ingredients

A full list of ingredients is extremely important when it comes to purchasing CBD products. If any product does not provide a list of ingredients, you may want to consider that a red flag and avoid purchasing that product altogether. DOC-CBD products contain the following active ingredients:

  • Crystalline Hemp Extract 20mg

Other ingredients include:

  • Vegetable Oil
  • Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monooleate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Medium Chain Triglycerides
  • Phosphatidylcholine
  • Softgel (Gelatin, Glycerine, Purified Water)
  • WARNING: Contains: Soy
  • All products contain less than 0.3% THC

  1. Type of CBD used

If you’ve ever shopped for CBD products before, you’ve probably seen the terms “Full Spectrum,” “Broad Spectrum,” “Whole Plant Extract” or “Concentrate” It’s important to understand what each of these terms mean and the difference between them before making your next CBD purchase.

Full Spectrum refers to an oil or product containing all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including THC, rather than just CBD (Cannabidiol).

Broad Spectrum refers to an oil or product containing all of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, expect THC.

Whole Plant Extract refers to a product that utilizes the full hemp plant. Aside from CBD, whole plant extract CBD products contain terpenes, cannabinoids, vitamins & minerals, fatty acids, and any other materials extracted from the plant.

Concentrates refer to CBD products that are high in potency and contain large levels of the cannabinoid CBD. CBD concentrates allow the user to consume a high amount of cannabinoids quickly and efficiently.


Conclusion

While CBD continues to grow in popularity, the fact of the matter is, not all CBD products are created equal. This is why it’s important to know what to look for and what to avoid when making your next CBD purchase. DOC-CBD’s superior CBD products are aren’t just research-backed, they’re physician recommended. We use third-party testing for our bioavailability, shelf-life, and stability when passing through the stomach. Click here to check out our data.
Pre-clinical study done at Science-in-Action, Israel; Blood analyses performed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


1. https://www.wsj.com/articles/ftc-warns-cbd-companies-about-treatment-claims-11568132532

2. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-warns-15-companies-illegally-selling-various-products-containing-cannabidiol-agency-details