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Recent Johns Hopkins Medicine study analyzes mislabeled CBD products

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 A study published by Johns Hopkins Medicine On July 20, it was found that in evaluations of several CBD products, many contained an inaccurate amount of THC. Titled “Cannabis Content and Label Accuracy of Cannabis-Derived Topical Products Available Online and in National Retail Stores,” the study analyzed 105 topical CBD products—specifically lotions, creams, and patches—collected from “online retail and mortar sites” in Baltimore, Maryland between July and August 2020 (but the analysis didn’t even happen March to June 2022). For storefronts, this included grocery stores, drugstores, beauty and cosmetic stores, and health and wellness stores.

The study’s lead author, Tori Spindel, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explained the purpose of this analysis. Misleading labeling can lead people to use poorly regulated and expensive CBD products instead of FDA-approved products that have been determined to be safe and effective for a specific health condition. Spindle said.

The results found that 18% of the products contained 10% less CBD than stated on the label. In addition, 58% contained 10% more CBD than advertised, while only 24% contained an exact amount of CBD.

Thirty-five percent of these products contained THC, although the amount for each product did not exceed 0.3 percent of THC, which is the legal limit for cannabis. Eleven percent of these products were rated “THC-free,” 14 percent said they contained less than 0.3 percent THC, and 51 percent were not mentioned on the labels at all.

Spindle said only having THC in purported CBD products could put some people at risk. “Recent research has shown that people who use CBD products that contain even small amounts of THC can test positive for cannabis using a traditional drug test,” Spindle said.

Some of the medical claims made by these products were also inaccurate, and none of them have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Twenty-eight percent made claims about pain or inflammation, 14 percent made claims about cosmetics or beauty, 47 percent specifically indicated that they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and another 53 percent did not mention the Food and Drug Administration. And medication at all.

The study’s lead author, Ryan Vandry, PhD, who is also a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explained that this stark difference in results requires further research. “The discrepancy in chemical content and labeling found in our study highlights the need for better regulatory oversight of CBD products to ensure consumer safety,” Vandre said.

This study is the latest to discuss the inaccuracy of cannabis products. The University of Kentucky He also recently analyzed CBD oil products earlier this month and found that out of 80 CBD oil products, only 43 contained percentages of CBD that were within 10% of the claimed content. The University of Colorado, Boulder, in partnership with Leafly, has also found that Cannabis labels were inaccurate.

Johns Hopkins University has been consistently involved in supporting cannabis study efforts over the past few years. in September 2019Johns Hopkins University launched Psychedelic and Awareness Research Center With the aim of expanding the scope of research in narcotic substances in order to create new Treatments for certain mental and behavioral disorders. in October 2020, partnered with Realm of Caring and Bloom Medicinals to work on cannabis therapy research. In October 2021, the university published a study that showed evidence of the success of cannabis treatment anxiety and depression. Earlier this year in February, I ordered it Volunteers to participate in a paid research initiative on cannabis and alcohol (Which can be up to $2,660 per person to complete the study).


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