Are You Getting The CBD You Pay For?- November 17, 2020
There’s no doubt that CBD has amazing medicinal properties. Thus, without making you high, it can help reduce anxiety, pain, inflammation, etc. Aiming at managing your symptoms, you ask a medical marijuana doctor to suggest you the right CBD products. You get them from a local store.
But, according to the recent testing conducted by the FDA, many CBD-infused products were mislabeled, containing more/less CBD than advertised. And, in some products, THC was found, which wasn’t supposed to be present. The results were based on 147 CBD products, including tinctures, oils, capsules, edibles, beverages, and pet products.
This gives you a panic attack thinking whether you get the CBD products you have paid for? How to ensure that you get the right CBD for managing your condition? Read on to get the answers.
The CBD Market
CBD is gaining popularity among Americans for its amazing anti-anxiety effects, anti-inflammatory, and pain management effects. More patients are preferring CBD over prescription medications for managing a variety of conditions. According to BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, CBD sales are expected to cross $20 billion in the United States by 2024.
Since the Farm Act legalized the cultivation of hemp plants in 2018, many CBD-based products have hit the market. People are learning about the health benefits of CBD.
FDA on CBD
The FDA has been working to regulate CBD for patients with various conditions while ensuring consumer safety. The agency has approved the first CBD-based medication named Epidiolex for treating seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome for patients 2 years and above. The FDA granted approval of Epidiolex to GW Research Ltd.
Last year, the FDA sent warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling CBD-based products. The agency says that they have violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), claiming to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, treat, or cure severe illnesses, such as cancer.
However, some of the products were advertised as dietary supplements despite not meeting the requirements of a dietary supplement.
The FDA hasn’t approved any CBD products except one prescription drug for two forms of epilepsy. However, they encourage medical professionals and individuals to report any adverse reactions linked to CBD products to the MedWatch program.
Tips by Medical Marijuana Doctors For Buying CBD Products
Choose a Reputed Store
There’s a wide range of CBD stores available out there. Remember, not all are selling high-quality CBD. So, you need to select the store carefully for purchasing the best-quality CBD. It’s obvious that you don’t want to get sick with low-quality products. Health is wealth. So, do comprehensive research, compare products of different manufacturers, check online reviews, and make the right decision.
If possible, order products directly from the manufacturer. This way, you can ensure the same amount of CBD as advertised.
See The Label Carefully
At a CBD store, you can find a wide range of products in different concentrations. Of the many factors influencing the medicinal effects of CBD on the mind and body, one is the levels of CBD. Consuming lower doses of a high-CBD product can help you get similar effects as high doses of a low-CBD product.
So, you need to check the label to find out what’s inside a particular CBD product. This way, you can find the right products for easing your symptoms completely.
Check Third-Party Test Results
This is important. You might have seen CBD products with “Lab Tested For Quality” written on their packages. What does that mean? They are tested by a third party, medical marijuana doctor, independent lab, and are safe to consume. Remember, any manufacturer can claim their products to be third-party tested. But, you should count on companies providing the actual lab results.
Look For Different Forms
CBD is available in various forms, such as flowers, oils, tinctures, edibles, etc. It’s important to note that some forms work better than others.
While using CBD products, you need to check the dose. Concentrates are more potent than flowers, thus they deliver stronger effects. So, start with a low dose if you are using CBD concentrates. Gummies, brownies, teas, etc. are perfect for patients who can’t smoke or vape CBD due to lung problems.
How to Access CBD Legally?
CBD is obtained from hemp and marijuana plants. The major difference between CBD products obtained from the two sources is the percentage of THC. Hemp-derived CBD products contain less than 0.3 percent THC while in marijuana-derived CBD, the concentration of THC is more than 0.3 percent.
In 2018, the Agriculture Improvement Act was passed, thus legalizing hemp at the federal level. So, hemp was removed from the list of Controlled Substance Act, thus promoting its commercial cultivation.
However, different states have different regulations for CBD. Some states consider the extracts of hemp as legal CBD. Others have partial restrictions for CBD purchase.
In California, there are no requirements for manufacturing, processing, and selling hemp or non-food industrial hemp products. But, according to the California Department of Public Health, CBD in foods and beverages is illegal.
However, in some states, you require a medical cannabis card to purchase cannabis-derived CBD products. For more information about the topic, you can check our previous post—420 Card And Its Complicated Relationship with CBD.
See a Medical Marijuana Doctor Online
To get an MMJ card, you need to visit a board-certified doctor. Now, with telemedicine technology, you can see a medical marijuana doctor online. Follow the three-step process to apply for 420 evaluations from home-
- Fill a simple form online
- Talk to a licensed doctor through the HIPAA-compliant software
- Receive MMJ recs in PDF format through the email
In the United States, the CBD market isn’t completely regulated. So, you need to be careful when purchasing CBD. The FDA has issued warning letters to various companies violating the FD&C Act, and most of them selling products as dietary supplements despite not fulfilling the requirements of a dietary product.
So, before buying any CBD product, make sure you do comprehensive research. Check the label carefully to see what’s inside it. Ensure that the product is tested by a third party with test results on the box. Most importantly, select a reputed store to buy CBD from.
Additionally, you should check the local laws and guidelines for CBD purchase, possession, and use. Some states allow CBD products while others have some restrictions regarding CBD purchase.
So, have you got the CBD you paid for? Do Have any questions regarding CBD products? Feel free to start a discussion below.