CBD: Are You Getting What You Paid For?

CBD: Are You Getting What You Paid For?

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A publication in the highly regarded Journal JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in 2017 evaluated many CBD products for the reliability of CBD concentrations relative to the labeling of the products.  

Eighty-four products were purchased from 31 online companies, then sent to an outside lab for purity testing. The findings demonstrated that in the CBD products purchased online and tested, 26% (1 out of every 4) contained less CBD than labeled, which could negate any potential clinical response. Even more concerning was that although the concentration of unlabeled cannabinoids was generally low, THC was detected in many products that could be sufficient to produce intoxication or impairment, especially among children and the elderly.  This over labeling of CBD products in this study is similar in magnitude to levels that triggered warning letters to 14 businesses in 2015-2016 from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Leading up to and since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, there has been an explosion of CBD products being placed in front of consumers. With all of these products available, there is growing confusion about what products are best for consumers to consider trying. Without formal FDA guidance and regulation, CBD products are not routinely evaluated for purity and quality.

The Farm Bill legalized Hemp, which is a different plant than Marijuana. This allows for hemp cultivation broadly, as well as the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial or other purposes.

As consumers, it’s vitally important that you trust and understand what you are taking when you purchase medications, vitamins and supplements.  With the creation of The Physician’s Choice-CBD, the goal was to provide consumers with a trustworthy product. Our CBD is grown in the United States and extracted using CO2 extraction (no chemicals). All CBD utilized in The Physician’s Choice  CBD is laboratory tested for purity, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and no BPA in our containers or products.

Furthermore, when looking at costs for CBD products, the range is broad, as are the types of CBD products.  Routes of administration are different, dosages variable, and CBD products can be full-spectrum (preferred and recommended) or isolates of specific subtypes of CBD.  Additionally, there is the lingering concern that the product you are a paying for does not have what it says on the label in it. This can lead to ineffectiveness or even unwanted side effects or risks, as is the case when it comes to higher levels of THC than what is allowable to be in the products.

With The Physician’s Choice CBD products you can trust that you are getting the product you are paying for with unique supplement-CBD combinations to tailor to your needs.

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