Reading a CBD Label: Here’s What You Need to Know
Whether you are planning to shop for CBD online, in a medical cannabis store, or over the counter, it is important to know the basics of what a quality product should look like. To do this, consumers need to master CBD label reading.
The very first thing to look out for when purchasing a CBD product is the label requirements.
Even though they vary from state to state, the most powerful label requirements are, at the moment, present in medical cannabis systems and state-licensed programs for adult-use. Consumers need to be cautious of products featuring CBD with labels that do not look like a standard food label or a state-licensed product.
Secondly, consumers need to be aware of the CBD dosage in a single product.
This piece of information can be found on the packaging’s label, and it is displayed in milligrams. The product should also feature information such as the serving size, the number of servings, and milligrams per serving.
Based on medical cannabis systems and state-licensed systems, a typical single dose of the product should be 10 milligrams. However, consumers need to keep in mind that there is no mainstream dose of CBD.
Thirdly, consumers need to be mindful of the oil source of the CBD in question.
Typically, CBD products in both the cannabis and medical markets are derived from aromatic and flavorful plants containing the euphoria-causing THC. On the other hand, products that come from hemp contain less than 0.3% THC. Consumers also need to read the label for jargons such as:
- broad-spectrum—which contains terpenes, other cannabinoids, but without THC,
- full-spectrum—containing terpenes, THC, and other cannabinoids, and
- CBD isolate—containing pure CBD crystals without terpenes or other cannabinoids.
- Consumers should also look out for hemp oil and hemp extract, as these may not contain any CBD.
Finally, consumers should also double-check the lot and batch number, as well as the date of manufacturing on the packaging.
CBD products that do not display a lot and batch number are suspicious; they make it impossible for consumers to tell when and where the product was created. Furthermore, the manufacturing date also shows whether the product is fresh or not; it is important to note that CBD degrades with time.
Bonus things to look out for: QR codes, other ingredients (such as colors, flavors, and glycerin), warning labels and disclaimers, as well as contact information.
The bottom line is, consumers need to be extra careful when purchasing products, especially online, as there are many fake and low-quality CBD products on the market. Be mindful and stay safe!