What’s in a label? Separating CBD fact from fiction.


Posted: March 28, 2022 | Word Count: 621

CBD products have come a long way in the past few years, with the market expanding to encompass everything from sodas to granola bars, in addition to an abundance of other products promoting their supposed health and wellness benefits. But do you realize that not all products containing CBD are the same?

Even though a product is available to a consumer, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been rigorously vetted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For consumers, this lack of quality control, safety, or label accuracy means you may never know the accurate amount of CBD in a product, the purity of the product containing CBD, or if quality control standards were used by the producer.

However, there’s one easy way consumers can ensure the quality and consistency of their CBD-derived products – an FDA approval on the label. While there might be a litany of products on the market that aren’t FDA-approved, consumers can feel confident that any medication that receives an “FDA stamp of approval” meets appropriate standards.

Currently, there is only one CBD product on the market that demonstrated an ability to manage seizures associated with rare forms of epilepsy.1 This CBD treatment option is FDA-approved, meaning it has been thoroughly researched through peer-reviewed clinical trials and follows rigorous manufacturing protocols that meet the FDA’s standards for CBD in medical use.

Patients and caregivers who are living with these diseases rely on and are thankful there is a treatment option that exists for their needs. “My son, Caleb, has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome," said Stephen, Caleb's father and caregiver. "When working with a neurologist, we learned about how prescription CBD would provide a consistent, accurate amount of CBD in each dose.”

There are a number of organizations that help keep track of products claiming to contain CBD that are sold throughout the United States. One of these organizations, the Clean Label Project – a national, independent nonprofit aimed at providing consumer protection – tests products that contain CBD for accuracy and contamination. Through their work, researchers at the Clean Label Project have found a number of discrepancies between what’s printed on a CBD product’s label versus what’s actually in the product.

The Clean Label Project has found that over 30% of non-FDA-approved products mislabeled CBD amounts by a notable level, meaning that consumers can get inaccurate information as to how much CBD they’re “supposedly" taking.2 The Clean Label Project also found some products which claimed to contain CBD had absolutely no traces of CBD at all.2 These unregulated CBD products can pose health risks to patients, as additional studies found that some CBD products contained heavy metals or pesticides, both of which are screened for and removed from FDA-approved CBD.2 Since the amount of CBD taken impacts clinical response and side effects, it is important for people taking CBD to know how much is in a product.

“With an FDA approval, my wife and I feel confident knowing each dose Caleb receives is going to be consistent,” said Stephen.

So, what’s in a label? When it comes to CBD, there’s information behind the simple words “FDA Approved” that can help you understand whether a product adheres to the necessary quality standards and that it has been carefully evaluated for efficacy and safety.

Learn more about FDA-approved CBD at www.straightfactscbd.com.

  1. Food and Drug Administration. What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/what-you-need-know-and-what-were-working-find-out-about-products-containing-cannabis-or-cannabis. Accessed February 2022.
  2. Clean Label Project. Clean Label Project CBD Study Results 2019. https://cleanlabelproject.org/wp-content/uploads/CBD-011.jpg. Accessed February 2022.
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