Updated: Apr 2
As a CBD oil producer in an unregulated market, it’s safe to say that there’s a real lack of education when it comes to Cannabidiol (CBD). That’s why Rachel and I decided to start a blog here at RopaNa dedicated to exploring all things hemp and CBD. Expect to find educational pieces about CBD basics, articles that show you how to incorporate our holistically minded CBD oils into your daily lives, recipes and so much more.
With that being said, let’s dive into our topic of the day: what to look out for on a CBD product label. The answer to this is very complex but can be simplified to a few key points I’ll gladly share (and encourage you to share with others!).
The goal of providing this information is to help people make educated decisions that result in an overall more safe, comfortable experience in this overwhelming explosion of CBD supplements into the market.
Understanding Types of CBD
CBD should always be clearly listed as an ingredient in the CBD product you are buying. The types of CBD brands may use, however, vary wildly.
The first thing to consider is what type of CBD is denoted on the label. Most CBD is listed on products as “hemp extract”. This term alone doesn’t really get to the heart of what you’re looking for.
CBD will usually come in one of three types. These are:
Full spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD
Like its name implies, CBD isolate is just CBD with nothing else added in. This is a good option for consumers wary of THC. Our CBD isolate is made using a combination of molecular distillation and column chromatography. This results in a product that’s 95-99% pure CBD. We also have CBD isolates with additional terpenes added back into them for even more benefits. Terpenes are the unique compounds that give cannabis its distinct smell and properties.
‘Full spectrum CBD’ refers to products that contain the full spectrum of cannabinoids, i.e. ones that contain CBD along with some THC. They can also contain other minor cannabinoids like CBG and CBN that have their own unique benefits.
Our new line, Entourage, features Full Spectrum CBD extract that is processed using only ethanol for the extraction. It’s also minimally processed to preserve the terpenes, esters, cannabinoids, fats, vitamins and other beneficial components of the hemp plant to ensure maximum therapeutic effect.
Broad spectrum CBD contains all of the plant’s cannabinoids except for THC.
Are Third Party Test Results Available?
One of the first things to consider when choosing a CBD product is whether or not the label says lab results are available. These results are sometimes also called Certificates of Analyses. They’re designed to ensure that you’re not only getting the amount you paid for, but to ensure there are no toxic substances like mold or heavy metals in your product.
You should always look for third party laboratory testing as a main component of the label. This should be a primary concern for both consumers and manufacturers due to the unregulated nature of this market. This industry is aimed at helping people heal, so safety, responsibility and transparency are of the utmost importance. Laboratory test results should be easy to obtain via the CBD product manufacturers website or the independent third party lab website that tests the product.
You should also be looking to see if there is a batch number, expiration date, website or any contact information present on the label. The website should be clearly visible, easy to use and put you in direct contact with customer support through either email, phone or traditional mail, which is exactly how we operate!
Is The Amount Of CBD Properly Listed?
A high quality, integrity driven CBD company will have the amount of CBD clearly marked on the label. This means denoting both the amount of CBD in the entire bottle as well as the amount of CBD per serving size.
One potential exception to this is topical CBD products. Unless it is a cream that comes in a pre-measured pump, there is no serving size associated with topical applications. Generally instructions are simply, apply to cover the affected area and repeat as needed.
Is There An FDA Disclaimer Or Other Precaution?
There must be an FDA disclaimer on all CBD products stating that they are not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any illness, condition, or disease. A note about 'not intended for use by minors' or something similar is also the sign of a responsible hemp company due to the FDA recommendations surrounding CBD hemp products. This is a requirement if you want to be in compliance with local, state and federal law.
We also believe full spectrum products should have an additional precaution warning people to not drive or operate machinery when using the product for the first time as these products may be more potent than isolates. We recommend trying full spectrum products at home and see how it affects you before driving or going to work.
Things To Watch Out For
Many products out there are marked as “hemp oil”, “hemp seed oil” or “hemp supplement” and may be presented in a way that gives you the idea that what is offered is in fact a CBD product. However there are companies out there selling simply hemp seed oil, which is made in a process similar to sesame or sunflower seed oil, and contains absolutely no detectable CBD.
Another misleading practice we see are products that say things like “contains 1000mg (aerial plant parts)”. This is also not an exact indication of how much CBD is in said product but instead tells you how much actual hemp plant material was used to make the product. In order to calculate the amount of CBD in the product, you must know the potency of CBD in the plant material. For example if the CBD plant material is 15% CBD, then the 1000mg of aerial plant parts actually contains only 150mg of CBD in the product.
At A Glance
All in all, here’s what you should be looking for on CBD product labels:
What type of CBD is being used?
Are third party lab test results available?
Is the amount of CBD properly listed? Is dosing information available?
Is there an FDA disclaimer or other precaution?
Watch out for ingredients like “hemp seed oil” or “made from aerial plant parts”.
I hope these considerations are straightforward and easy to use for you and your friends and family. This industry is fast changing and completely unregulated so it’s up to us as responsible makers, consumers and human beings to set the standards and make safety/integrity a top priority!
Thank you so much to all of you for your support and taking the time to read this.
Feel free to reach out to me directly with any other questions at all via firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings and love,