There’s no question that to stay relevant in today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers must satisfy the rapidly growing consumer demand for products containing CBD and other cannabinoids. But a lack of regulatory framework has already caused trouble for consumers.
According to CEO Josh Epstein, “… guidance is needed on critical matters such as product purity, quality manufacturing, THC-free claims and labeling transparency. Without that, a race to the bottom is inevitable as irreputable companies continue to pop up, and consumers face harm from products that contain unknown quantities of cannabinoids or products contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals.”
A recent reddit IAmA has called for greater transparency and accountability within the hemp industry. In fact, a 2017 study has suggested that less than 30% of CBD products sold online are accurately labeled.
Take a look at our experts’ answers to some of your top questions asked on reddit about product labeling:
When looking to buy CBD products as a consumer, is there a reliable way for me to know which products are legitimate versus not?
Asked by MikeyTheKiller
Certificates of Analysis (COAs) are a great start to see that the product is being tested. However, these aren’t always reliable because results can drastically vary depending on the lab conducting the testing and their specific methods. Another way to check a company’s legitimacy is to see if they have any quality certifications such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) or have undergone any third-party audits. This is a great way to see if a company is following proper manufacturing practices, has good product traceability, and meets their defined product specifications.
So what is in CBD products that aren’t labelled accurately?
Asked by CalibanDrive
The main culprit for mislabeling involves the product’s potency being lower than expected. This can be partially due to inconsistent or inaccurate testing methods. Results can vary depending on which lab is conducting the tests so there may be less CBD, minors, or terpenes than advertised.
Another cause might be incorrect packaging or storage of the product which could lead to degradation of cannabinoids. If quality raw materials or proper purification processes aren’t used, there could also be THC in the product when it is advertised as THC-free. There could also be contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvent present in the product.
At Socati, all our final products are tested and verified by several third-party laboratories. We also test all incoming raw materials to ensure they meet our strict specifications before entering our process and we continuously test products to ensure we continue to produce consistent results.
Backed by extensive internal and third-party analytical capabilities, our Montana-based processing facility complies with GFSI-recognized benchmarking requirements and adheres to GMP standards for manufacturing quality, safety and transparency.