How to Read a CBD Label?

Today, CBD products are so commonly available that you’re more likely to be spoilt for choice than struggle with finding a CBD company. However, you have to keep a few things in mind when buying a CBD product.

While it may be the most convenient time to buy CBD, it’s also the sketchiest one. In the past year, there have been reports of CBD companies faking claims to merely make a few bucks in the ever-growing CBD market. 

Thus, when you’re buying CBD online, you should look at the label because it tells you a lot about the formulation. 

Along with CBD dosing and the manufacturer’s reputation, you must consider the information on the product label. Here’s how to read a CBD label.

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What Is Shown On A CBD Product Label?

The FDA does not regulate CBD products or companies, but they have some regulations in place that all CBD companies must follow. Currently, the label requirements differ from one state to another – there’s no set standard on the federal level. 

It’s not hard to identify a suspicious CBD label, especially if you’ve previously bought supplements. Here are a few things you’ll find on a CBD product label. 

CBD Dosage 

A CBD product’s label will not show you how much CBD you should take daily. Instead, it will show you the total amount of CBD in the product or the CBD amount per mg/serving. 

However, you can’t blindly believe the dosage mentioned on the CBD product label. Many investigations have shown that the labels are often inaccurate in terms of CBD dosage. 

Mg of CBD 

The CBD product label should mention the mg of CBD present in the formulation. For instance, if a bottle of 30 CBD gummies contains 900mg of CBD, it means that every gummy contains 30mg of CBD. 

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Serving Size 

Moreover, the product label should also show the number of servings in each bottle or container. The serving size informs you about the amount of CBD present in a dose. For instance, the amount of CBD in a drop of any CBD tincture or in a gummy. 

According to some medical cannabis administration systems, 10mg is the right serving size. However, there’s no standard dose for CBD administration. The dose that works best for you depends on your weight, body chemistry, and the condition you’re taking CBD for. 

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Hemp Source 

Along with the concentration and dosage, the product must also show the source of CBD oil or hemp. Most CBD products contain industrial hemp, which has been specifically sourced for making cannabidiol products. 

Some products also contain THC, which causes a high. However, the state-mandated limit for THC concentration is 0.3%, which is too little to have any intoxicating effect. 

Type of Hemp Extract 

The CBD product label will also show you the type of CBD present in the formulation. Here are the three forms:

  • Broad-spectrum: This hemp extract contains all hemp components but THC.
  • Full-spectrum: Full-spectrum extract has all hemp components, including phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Isolate: CBD isolate refers exclusively to CBD. Such products only contain CBD and no other hemp component. 

Stay wary of products that mention vague terms like ‘hemp oil’ and ‘organic hemp’. By making such statements, the manufacturers are deflecting the claims about the product containing any actual CBD. 

If you search for CBD products on Amazon, you’ll find tons of CBD products advertised with medical claims. However, they don’t even have trace amounts of CBD. 

Things To Look For On A CBD Product Label 

Apart from these basic things, you should also look for other information on a CBD product label. 

Batch Number 

It’s important to note the lot number or batch number on any CBD product label. In most cases, you’ll have to use this number to read the Certificate of Analysis for that product on the manufacturer’s website. 

The batch number is also something that can be used to hold the CBD companies accountable. In case there’s any regulation, the regulators can withhold the whole batch from being sold. 

License Number 

The state gives license numbers to the CBD manufacturers. If a product does not have a license number, it means that the manufacturer is non-licensed from the state. 

Make sure you only buy products from licensed manufacturers. 

Manufacturing Date 

The manufacturing date tells you when the product was made. CBD tends to degrade with time. So, you must buy fresher batches as they’ll have a better flow. Plus, if you’re buying CBD drinks or edibles, make sure they’re manufactured recently. 

Third-Party Testing/Certification 

Third-party testing or certification confirms the potency, quality, and purity of a CBD product. One of the best ways to check for third-party certification is by reading the Certificate of Analysis. 

It will show you the concentration and quality of a product. However, make sure that the third-party lab is reliable, preferably ISO-certified. Also, check how old the COA is. 

If it’s too old, it won’t be accurate for the recent product batches. 

Other Ingredients 

Along with CBD, other ingredients are also present in these products. Some of these ingredients may be allergens, so you must check the ingredient list beforehand. 

Some products also contain coloring and flavoring agents. Moreover, tinctures may contain glycerin, spirits, and organic oils. Consult with your doctor before using any CBD products that contain seemingly shady products. 

You should also check the state regulations before buying CBD in culmination with other ingredients. For instance, Colorado bans the addition of the following ingredients in CBD vapes: 

  • MCT oil
  • PEG
  • Tocopheryl-acetate 

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Most manufacturers sell off their CBD products by advertising them falsely. Vague words like ‘natural ingredients’ do not give you much information about what’s present in the product. 

Along with this, the absence of a license number or lack of compliance with the state regulations are also red flags. Now that you know how to read a CBD label, you can better judge CBD formulations before purchasing them.

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