When you’re taking any kind of medication you should always follow the directions, otherwise it’s probably not going to work properly. This is the same with all medications, including and especially cannabis products like CBD extracts. Unfortunately, most people are pretty bad at dosing themselves with things like CBD extracts. They (we? I guess I should include myself because I’m no expert.) depend on the labeling on these products to make sure they’re taking the correct dosage. It turns out that those labels are incorrect two thirds of the time, according to a new study.
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that labels on cannabis products such as CBD extracts are more often than not completely inaccurate when it comes to the CBD content in the products. So how often is the labeling correct? As it turns out, only 31 percent of the time, while 26 percent had a lower CBD content than the label indicated. Almost half (43 percent) contained more CBD than the label indicated. It gets worse: 90 percent of vape juices were labeled incorrectly.
Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the lead on the study, believes that this is because there is no regulation of CBD extracts and other cannabis products under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instead, it’s closer to the “wild west,” as he says.
The FDA handles the regulation of different medicines, including the labeling. If you’re taking a supplement that hasn’t been evaluated by the FDA, then it’s best for you to use caution when taking it. Despite the fact that medicinal cannabis is legal in over 29 states, it’s still illegal under federal law. You’re not going to see FDA approved labels on cannabis products anytime soon, at least not until cannabis is legalized throughout the US.
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