• Abby Stoddard, PharmD,MBA

What's In This Hemp Product?

Updated: May 20, 2020

From the nightly news, to Facebook ads, to pharmacy shelves, to magazine racks - CBD products are everywhere. Just as ubiquitous as information about the wellness potential of these products are buyer-beware reports like this one from CBS news; warning that hemp CBD products might contain too much, too little, or hardly any CBD.

If all this has your head spinning to the tune of Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know?’ when shopping for CBD products you’re not alone. Luckily Oregon has a dispensary supply chain that can help in the search.

Hemp product lab testing

Photo: Archival footage of consumers searching for trustworthy hemp products

On a recent episode of the Periodic Effects Podcast, Randa Shahin Larkin, Owner of Home Grown Apothecary Dispensary had the following to say about hemp and CBD products sold in dispensaries that should be shouted from the rooftops:

“...I think it’s important for consumers to consider dispensaries for their CBD purchases because there’s no one really regulating CBD or hemp products outside of dispensaries.”

What makes Oregon dispensaries different? The hemp and CBD products sold there are held to the same rigorous testing and labeling requirements as their marijuana counterparts.

This ensures that the product you’re purchasing contains the amount of CBD it says it does and will have been tested for things like pesticides just like a marijuana item.

In addition to the dispensary labeling requirements, Oregon has brands that provide industry-leading transparency on the test results of their hemp CBD products. Companies like Gron Chocolate, Luminous Botanicals, and East Fork Cultivars sell products through a variety of channels, and all show their test results within a few clicks of their main webpages. We hope others in the industry follow their lead!

The bottom line is this - the hemp and CBD boom has provided opportunities for both the good and bad actors in the market. Consumers should purchase products that have been tested to rigorous standards and should have access to those results. If the label or website doesn’t have the test results, it might be best to look elsewhere.

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