Is Your CBD What It’s Cracked Up to Be?
Disturbing news just in—according to a new study, you could be buying high-THC weed instead of hemp.
State and federal governments have been diligently working towards legalizing hemp as a separate commodity from cannabis for some time now. Unfortunately, the safety of hemp-based products is currently not receiving the same attention.
Although every crop needs a cannabinoid test to distinguish marijuana crops from hemp crops, slips still occur. Furthermore, the federal government and most states have remained silent about it.
The harvest of 2021 is expected to be at a record high, and all hemp-derived cannabinoids will be poured into countless types of goods such as CBD coffee, CBD oils, CBD capsules, etc. Many of these will likely be sold as medications. However, the FDA still hasn’t enforced any safety standards for these goods.
The United Cannabis Business Alliance and SC Labs joined forces to assess contaminants found in hemp-derived commodities and the correctness of active ingredient labeling. The two collaborated to research goods purchased at so-called smoke shops and unauthorized CBD distributors in LA.
The findings were alarming. When evaluated against California standards for inhalable cannabis goods, more than 70% of the samples failed to meet the requirements. The experts noted that either the samples’ THC levels or contamination levels (or both) were too high to pass as a regular product.
In other words, polluted cannabis from unfamiliar sources is advancing to the stores where it’s sold as hemp. As a matter of fact, most hemp specimens from the stores showed THC levels several times higher than the legal limit.
An impressive 53% of the samples marked as hemp-based or hemp could not be officially qualified as hemp. Namely, the 2018 farm bill defines hemp as cannabis with a THC content of less than 0.3 percent. What’s more, 42% of the tested specimens surpassed the legal limits for heavy metals and pesticides for cannabis in California.
It’s undeniable that such unregulated hemp products could pose a danger to the public. So, what can you do to protect yourself from buying unsafe goods? We recommend buying from authorized, trusted sellers only.
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