In September of 2018, the FDA gave a ‘pass’ on CBD compounds which contained less than 0.3% of THC compounds in them; shooting them off from the banned drugs list, and making them acceptable as Dietary supplements with minimized introspection. This move might have backfired in CBD regulation.
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Cannabidiol is one of the many families of cannabinoids present in cannabis plants. They do not contain the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana (THC) and several studies show that they have great therapeutic properties.
CBD compounds and quality control
Because there is an increased customer base for CBD supplements, great measures should be taken; that what the consumers ingest is safe for their body.
From estimates, the global market for CBD will hit the 2 billion dollar mark this decade; which is a result of the gradual lifting on the bans on cannabis plants and its non-intoxicating compounds. Although the lifting of the CBD ban seemed good at the time, the absence of strict inspection and regulation in the CBD industry has led to notoriety of CBD supplements producers such that they deceive unsuspecting customers about their products. As an FDA official said, “most companies include false labels in their products, this misdirect consumers into thinking they are buying quality CBD oils”.
Why quality control should exist for supplements
Before you purchase CBD supplements, you should be sure that the manufacturer employs quality testing methods, and that their products are in tandem with the standards of the FDA. The lack of regulation has riddled the CBD industry with lots of scams in the production of the CBD supplements. Some of the analyses done are;
Organic contaminants testing
In most edible plants and vegetables, it is likely that there will be contaminants from bacteria or fungi. Different tests should be carried out on ingestible products, irrespective of where or how they are grown. When testing for bacteria, include the counts of the aerobic plate and the amount of coliform test done.
Presence of Heavy metals
Heavy metals like Arsenic, cadmium, lead, or mercury present in edibles can lead to carcinogens and the deterioration of the human liver. Contaminants in the form of metals can also vary; depending on the cannabis strain and origin.
Chemicals from Pesticides
It is recommended that all cannabis plants extract undergo a possible pesticide contamination test; pesticides are the common chemicals used by farmers to protect their cannabis plants from destruction from rodents. Chemicals from pesticides that find ways into the human body are usually inimical to the organs in the body; especially the lungs
While the maximum amount of THC content in the CBD supplement should be less than 0.3% as stipulated by the FDA, most manufacturers still flout this rule. They proceed to increase the number of THC compounds in their supplements while claiming a different figure in the labels. This scam will prove very costly to consumers.
Large steps are being taken to regulate the CBD industry, 3rd party certifications (Certificate of Analysis) are being introduced to organize the standards of CBD supplements, and make them safe for human consumption. The certification is voluntary for now, as it is just a coalition of CBD manufacturers and stakeholders in the market, it will soon be made compulsory by the agencies.