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Less than 1 in 4 topicals contain stated amount of CBD



Leafreport found similar results when they studied the labels of CBD edibles
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Less than a quarter of topical products contained the stated amount of CBD – with the majority containing more than advertised, according to new industry research.

New findings from CBD watchdog, Leafreport, show that more than three quarters of topical CBD products tested, contained the wrong amount of CBD.

Leafreport, worked with Canalysis Laboratories to test 40 CBD topicals, with 31 of the products containing more or less than the stated amount CBD.

Topicals report summary Credit: Leafreport

The amount of CBD found in the products ranged from 12 percent to 99 percent versus what was on the label.

Only nine of 40 tested topical products had CBD levels within 10 percent of the label, which is required for an A rating.

Eleven products received the worst (F) rating for being off 30 percent or more from the label

The majority of the products (31 or 77.5 percent) contained more CBD than advertised.

Lesser-known brands were more likely to perform poorly than major companies; however, there were a couple of small or new brands that received an A.

Once again, these results show that inaccurate labelling and reporting is still a pervasive problem within the CBD industry, as the organisation’s reports on CBD oils, drinks, and edibles have previously suggested.

“These findings are similar to what we found in our previous report on edibles,” said Lital Shafir, head of product at Leafreport.

“This isn’t surprising as topical products are more difficult to formulate than CBD oil and typically use smaller amounts of CBD, making it harder to maintain a consistent amount.”

While some variation is expected from a natural product like hemp-derived CBD, it should still be within reasonable levels.

Industry experts recommend that cannabis products should contain cannabinoid levels that are within 10 percent of the advertised amount. As such, a CBD product should contain anywhere from 90 percent to 110 percent of the amount stated on the label to be considered accurate.

“These tests are important when shopping for CBD because there’s no regulation preventing companies from selling low-quality products that have incorrect CBD levels or carry contaminants,” said Shafir.

“The most important third-party test is called a potency or cannabinoid profile. It shows the amounts of CBD and other cannabinoids in a CBD product to verify the company’s claims.”

Verifying the label accuracy of a CBD product is important for several reasons, in particular, it guarantees to the customer—who may be seeking CBD as a potential therapy for a medical issue—is getting what they paid for.

Shafir added: “Compared to our previous reports, these findings suggest that topical CBD products are not as accurate CBD oils.

“We expected this because topicals are harder to formulate, requiring the blending of CBD with many other ingredients.”

Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health.Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained.She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa.Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag