Quality Control: What’s in Your CBD Oil?

Consumers need to know what they are getting

CBD oil is being touted as beneficial for just about every malady known to humanity. Surprisingly, there’s credible research backing many of these claims. That means CBD oil just might be the answer to a better life for millions of human beings.

If you’ve purchased cannabidiol (CBD) or full-spectrum hemp oil product, you might not be getting what you paid for. A recent study found mislabeling that could affect your ability to know if CBD is the right product for your needs.

Devastating results

study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association sampled 84 CBD products. The results: “Of tested products, 26% contained less CBD than labeled, which could negate any potential clinical response.”

The researchers noted that labeling accuracy depended on the type of product. Vaporizing liquids were most likely to be mislabeled. However, the most accurate, CBD oils, were only on the mark in 45% of the products tested.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was found in 18 of the 84 samples. However, the study failed to note whether or not these products were a whole plant, i.e., “full-spectrum” — which, in some cases, can be expected to contain as much as .3% THC.

Is hemp oil made from marijuana?

Smoking hemp won’t get you high. Textile hemp is pruned to grow into long, fibrous stalks, and aren’t allowed to flower. However, the flowers do have the medicinal powers.

Cannabis comes in two primary variations, cannabis indica, and cannabis sativa. Here’s where it gets interesting: both hemp and marijuana are cannabis sativa, in fact, the exact same plant can be both hemp and marijuana in its lifetime.

Simply put: for a plant to be considered hemp, it can contain no more than .3% of the phytocannabinoid, THC. Once it breaches that threshold, it’s legally classified as marijuana, and thought to possess psychotropic properties, in other words — it could get you high.

The hemp and marijuana difference is a classic example of nature, nurture — and human selection. Most cannabis sativa plants, if allowed to flower long enough, will develop significant levels of THC.

In recent years, cannabis plants that produce low THC, and high cannabidiol (CBD) levels have been developed by farmers. These varieties typically aren’t capable of producing more than .3% THC and are ideal for full-spectrum hemp oils.

Looking inside the spectrum

Cannabis is known to produce more than 85 different cannabinoids, along with terpenes (aromatics) and flavonoids (pigments). Surprisingly, when an individual compound, such as CBD, is isolated, it doesn’t seem to be as effective. Scientist refers to this as “the entourage effect.”

Of course, even at .3%, THC levels can be concerning for some people. Thus, hemp oil comes in three principal varieties:

  1. Full-spectrum — contains the plant’s natural ratios of cannabinoids (including both THC at levels of .3% or less and CBD), terpenes, and flavonoids.
  2. Broad-spectrum — keeps everything listed in full-spectrum hemp oil except for the THC.
  3. CBD Isolate — CBD is extracted, and isolated from the plant’s other compounds.

A deeper look

As a consumer, knowing what’s in your oil is important. We all want to get what we’re paying for. Fortunately, some producers do know how much CBD they’re selling you. It comes down to either where they’re located, and/or their production methods.

In most states where marijuana is legal, hemp oil producers are legally obligated to have their products tested by a third party. This state regulated testing ensures the product contains precisely what the label says it does.

Control matters

CBD products aren’t always made by the hemp producers. That means manufacturers buy their hemp oil from an outside source, then add it to salves, lotions, edibles, and other delivery methods. It doesn’t allow them to skirt responsibility to consumers. They should still be expected to know the cannabinoid ratio of their products.

CopperGel’s parent company, Tyson Holistic, manufactures our full-spectrum hemp oil. Our hemp oils are third-party tested, so we know exactly what’s going into our products.

CopperGel makes a cream that contains 100 percent pure full-spectrum hemp oil. That – combined with the cooling power of menthol – provides excellent pain relief. CopperGel Ice is applied directly to the part of the body that hurts, so it starts working right away, and the relief is long-lasting.

Want to see for yourself what hemp oil can do for you? Because of our money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose when you try CopperGel Ice or any of our products. For any concerns or questions, feel free to contact us by sending an email to support@coppergel.com.