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How do you know if your favorite CBD product contains as much CBD as advertised? They don’t really, but there are studies out there to help consumers understand what they are getting.
Take coffee and tea, a growing beverage trend in the CBD space. According to a latest study by Leafreport, just over half of the 29 products tested contained the wrong amount of CBD. And the worst offenders, in some cases, were up to 62% off the stated CBD content.
That’s not the only problem. Brands with multiple products sometimes did well in one point but worse in others, which means there are consistency issues. Of 14 teas and coffees advertised with broad- or full-spectrum hemp extract, 11 were true and three contained only CBD. And some that didn’t say a specific amount of CBD contained it and other cannabinoids that weren’t listed.
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Why these tests are important
In the case of natural products that contain CBD from hemp, a certain deviation is to be expected, but this should be within a reasonable range. Industry experts recommend that CBD products should contain between 90% and 110% of the amount stated on the label in order to be considered accurate.
Third-party testing done by an independent laboratory, mainly to check CBD levels or to see if they have any impurities. This is good for consumers because they want to know that you get what you pay for and that the product is less or more effective.
The most important thing, especially for first-time users, is to be able to trust the amount stated on a product so that you can estimate your own dosage.
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It’s not all bad news. Tea and coffee products generally offer low levels of CBD and are therefore more difficult to formulate than oils. So these results are better than expected.
Still, it’s not great that more than 50% of products contain inaccurate amounts of CBD, and lack of consistency is an ongoing problem. If you are planning on buying CBD tea or coffee, be sure to search for third-party tested brands and compare the label with the test results provided.
The full sheet report can be found here.