In a new industry with a lot of doubt, CBD producers are taking it upon themselves to test their products.
If you live in America, then you’ve probably noticed that CBD products are beginning to pop up everywhere, and not just in the dispensary. Grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores have had their shelves stocked with CBD for some time now. But unless you work in a CBD testing lab, it’s nearly impossible to tell what exactly is inside of these products.
For the past year, a Denver resident named Greg has been buying CBD products for his six-year-old who has autism. According to him, CBD works.
“We’ve noticed results. We’ve been experimenting with it off-and-on for about a year, trying to figure out the right levels, the right dosage,” Greg told CBS Denver.
Companies like Mile High Labs in Broomfield, Colo. makes CBD products and test them. CEO Stephen Mueller says he started his business as a way to help people gain more trust in these products.
“Consumers don’t have confidence in the products that they’re buying, and rightfully so,” said Mueller.
Mile High Labs tests for impurities like pesticides and metals. They also verify that the amount of CBD in the product is reflected on the label. Unfortunately, many CBD companies tend to skew this if they figure their products won’t be tested by the average person.
But the misleading claims aren’t necessarily intentional every time. Mueller says that sometimes companies are careless and put too much CBD into their product.
“This is the most expensive ingredient in the product and this company is putting two times the amount that they have on the label. There’s no way that they’re doing that on purpose. That would be a terrible business decision,” said Mueller of one CBD product he tested. Mueller says he wants regulations because there are no government standards for testing.
Greg does his shopping at Discover CBD in Denver. Discover CBD is another CBD company that is all for regulations; this company independently tests their products.
“People will believe it, but there’s no consistency because no one’s holding them accountable to that consistency,” said Discover CBD District Manager Adam Fossier.
There are no state regulations requiring testing for potency or contaminants.
“I think it should be surprising for most people out there. For me, it wasn’t surprising because we kind of know the situation in this industry already,” said Mueller.
As of right now, it seems that industry leaders are waiting for the federal government to call the shots in terms of how CBD will be categorized – whether that be food-related, drug-related or otherwise.