Is it CBD…or something else?

 In Cannabis, Featured


Fake food is nothing new.  Many food items, from fish, juices, honey, and coffee are routinely counterfeited.  Often, the consumer has no idea what they are actually buying.  Foods that are difficult to tell apart are often faked.

But what about cannabidiol (CBD)?  CBD oil is extracted from hemp plants, and unlike cannabis plants, it contains only trace amounts of THC.  CBD does not directly stimulate CB1 and CB2, the canonical cannabinoid receptors, like THC does, rendering CBD non-psychoactive.  This makes it a less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.  CBD is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant, and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis after THC.  In hemp, however, CBD dominates the plant’s makeup.

The demand for CBD has skyrocketed in the last year as more and more people are exploring the potential health benefits of cannabinoids.  In its commercial form, CBD is often blended with other food grade oils to deliver products at various concentrations.  Olive, grape seed, coconut, almond, and numerous other oils are being used in these products.  Considering the common occurrence of “fake foods”, it begs the question — are the products available at dispensaries, health food stores, and on-line really what they say they are?  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tested the cannabinoid compounds in some of these products, and many were found not to contain the amount of CBD indicated on labels.  Is it possible that certain products, in fact, contained no CBD at all?

This leads us back to our original question – Is it CBD, or something else?  Where are the standards that the industry has been talking about, and what are the states that have legalized medicinal cannabis doing to assure that consumers are getting what they desire and pay for?  It is time to get serious about protecting consumers as they choose to participate in this ever-expanding market.  We are just beginning to understand the full potential of CBD to positively affect human health.  Data is being compiled on the health benefits related to the use of CBD, allowing us to move away from simply anecdotal evidence.  Let’s not compromise our data with materials that are not what they say they are.

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