Research Reveals Disturbing Ingredients in Retail CBD Vape Products
Have you heard about CBD?
Of course you’ve heard of CBD.
Just like CrossFit or kale, CBD is a hot topic these days that everyone seems to be talking about… whether they know what they are talking about or not.
First of all, let’s get something straight. CBD is not legal in all 50 states. Despite the fact that 47 states have either legalized CBD or cannabis in general, even if it is hemp-derived law enforcement has proven time and time again that as long as the Feds keep it as a Schedule I drug, CBD is just as illegal as LSD.
You may be wondering, if it is still illegal why there are so many so-called CBD products on the shelves of stores ranging from black market marijuana dispensaries to boutique pet stores to countless online retailers promising everything from relief from minor aches and pains, to a better night’s sleep, to curing disease.
The main reason is enforcement.
Most jurisdictions don’t have the funds to bust up every single headshop, liquor store, or dispensary just to clear the shelves of some CBD products that, at the end of the day, they have to know are almost totally harmless.
The same goes for the Feds. Unless there is a giant pot of money or other assets to snatch, or a much more heinous accompanying crime taking place, they just don’t have the resources to target CBD.
So in the meantime, misinformation prevails and the market continues to swell with highly unregulated product that many consumers are counting on for actual health benefits.
Throughout this past year we have been inundated with reports, both here in the U.S. and abroad, of mislabeled CBD products failing third party lab-grade standards testing.
In too many cases, retail CBD goods were found to contain far less actual active CBD than what was claimed on the package. In too many more, THC thresholds were ignored and the product contained enough of that cannabinoid to cause possible failed drug tests for consumers.
For example, one study published in May of 2018 by a team of researchers in Italy revealed that out of 14 CBD products tested, 64% of them failed to live up to the printed information on the package. Beyond that, 12 of the 14 products (86%) contained significant quantities of THC even though they were clearly labeled as being “THC-free”.
Another similar study here in the U.S. broadened its scope a bit more and took a deeper look at 84 different CBD products and found that a mere 30% of them could get within a 10% margin of error between what was written on the label and what was actually inside.
This sort of fraud is bad enough. Especially, as we said, considering that CBD is a medical use product. The people who want it, or need it, are trying to get it to help themselves or someone that they care about feel better. Being able to reliably dose a medicine is crucial, and CBD is no different.
But misprinted labels and traces of THC might be the least of your concerns these days after a report was recently dropped showing that liquid-form CBD currently on the U.S. market have been found to contain more than was advertised, for once.
Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) examined 9 different CBD products that are intended to be vaped and inhaled from a single company called Diamond CBD. All 9 products were advertised as “100% natural CBD extracts”.
The team at VCU determined that 2 of the 9 actually had trace amounts of THC. Sadly, they are probably doing better than average in that department. But then they found some other things that should really raise some eyebrows in the CBD industry.
Of the 9 products tested from Diamond CBD, four of them were found to contain the synthetic cannabinoid 5F-ADB, a common ingredient in “Spice” and other potentially deadly alternatives to cannabis.
Yeah, you’ve heard of CBD but we bet that 5F-ADB, a Schedule I drug on its own, is a new one for you, but that’s just the beginning.
One of the nine products tested at VCU was found to contain a chemical called dextromethorphan, or DXM, a chemical cough suppressant with side effects like:
You take CBD for those effects, right?
Of course not.
All of this… every single failed test… every single raided headshop… every single corner cut by some fly-by-night company… every single person who gets sick or worse from using synthetic cannabinoids… it is all a deep, dark shame on our federal government and other governments across the globe who refuse to embrace the cannabis plant, regulate it fairly like any other crop, and disincentivize the grey and black markets where fraud thrives.
“The highly esteemed research team at VCU seems to agree, concluding, “There was no indication on the website, box or labeled e-liquid containers to indicate that these products contained any psychoactive substance other than CBD. The analysis of these products illustrates the potential quality control issues that can occur in an unregulated industry. CBD products are believed by many users to offer health benefits, but the detection of a dangerous cannabimimetic, 5F-ADB, and DXM in the analyzed products illustrates the need for oversight of CBD products.”
Until CBD products intended to be ingested are totally legal, and their manufacturers are able to be held accountable, you really have to know and trust your source for these products.
Another alternative is to find cannabis-derived CBD products in your local legal dispensary. Not to say that these products aren’t occasionally snake oil as well, but it is not nearly as easy to produce bundles of cannabis as it is with hemp, and there are no real cheap options for importing it from overseas, so in most cases it is treated with the reverence and respect that it deserves and is made into real medicine.
Again though, do your research & know your source.
This latest report Is totally unacceptable. We demand and deserve better.