Widespread Mislabeling of CBD Content Occurs For Over-The-Counter Products

by BM Innovations on October 09, 2023

Cannabis Plant has been a source of medication, recreation, and drug abuse for quite some time. The harvested form is known as weed or marijuana worldwide. However, Cannabis Plant is being used commercially due to its natural calming and relaxing effects.

Furthermore, it is also used for treating chronic pains and bad appetite. Recently, studies have shown the detrimental effects of commercially available cannabis due to Mislabeling of CBD content on Over-The-Counter Products.

Cannabis consists of two major components known Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is the compound that is responsible for treating pain and inflammation. On the other side, THC is responsible for the feeling of euphoria.

CBD has been used widely as a major component in modern medicine. CBD and skincare are related to each other. CBD is a major component found in skin products as well. A study in 2019, A therapeutic effect of CBD-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars, has shown that CBD may also be beneficial for treating acne.

Besides, CBD is also known for treating other skin diseases like dryness, itching, wrinkles, and skin infection. But the amount of CBD content and THC in a commercial product may vary since many of the products are not FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved.

As per the study conducted by Johns Hopkins Cannabis Science Laboratoryout of the total of 105 products under consideration, 47% of the products were not FDA approved. Moreover, most of these products vary in CBD and THC compared to the amounts mentioned on the content label.

As per the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, all CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are not considered federally illegal. However, it was observed under the study that many of these products, which were not FDA approved, showed that people consuming such products tested positive for a drug test. 

Even pure CBD products, as claimed by the manufacturer, contain comparatively high amounts of undesirable components, which can adversely affect the consumer’s health. It also has many short-term effects, such as impaired short-term memory, paranoia, psychosis, impaired motor coordination, etc.

Some of the CBD products have also shown liver injury after their consumption. Accordingly, long-term effects may include; addiction, altered brain development, cognitive impairment, and diminished life satisfaction.  

The only way forward is to regulate CBD products to ensure consumer health safety through properly labeling CBD products. It is pertinent to check the composition of chemical content in the products. Mass media must make the public aware of the distinction between tween Impure and Pure CBD pro on the state-level ducts. Moreover, all products must be made FDA approved to eliminate all harmful impure substances available commercially. Such regulations would help ensure the quality of CBD products and allow the consumer to make informed decisions before consuming such compounds. For patients, it must be necessary to take cannabis products with the consultation of the physician.