At a recent functional medicine conference I attended, CBD vendors were in attendance bringing the products to the healthcare providers. You want our support? Ok… but what the heck do your labels mean?? 3000, 500, 300? I’m not talking about the topicals, I’m taking about the products marketed as CBD to be taken orally.
I believe the smoke and mirrors are to confuse the public regarding what exactly they are getting. “Full spectrum CBD”, vs “hemp derivative” vs “natural hemp oil” vs “hemp oil derivative” and more. The physician and consumer have to drill it down to figure out how much cannabidiol is actually in a dropperful, tablet, or gummy. Why is it so hard?? For some reason the CBD industry labels their products by how much is in the whole bottle, and not using the pharmaceutical nomenclature we are used to seeing – MG/ML or Mg per capsule. That’s like you going to the store to get Benadryl and the bottle saying “Benadryl 2500” on the front, instead of 25 mg tablets (with 100 tablets in this bottle). It’s asinine. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of data to support cannabidiol for health conditions ranging from anxiety to Alzheimer’s. If you do a quick pubmed search you will be surprised at all the studies out there on humans. I’m all about sticking to the science, however if you want our scientific backing to legitimize your medical self worth, then you need to speak our language The current CBD labeling is confusing and misleading to all of us. There needs to be an overhaul of the current unregulated nomenclature system. JUST TELL US THE MG/ML, OR MG PER CAPSULE. I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH IS IN THE BOTTLE, OR HOW BIG THE BOTTLE IS. And get rid of the ridiculous numbers on the front telling us how much is in a bottle.
At the very minimum, the top 5 CBD companies need to make some changes … the rest will follow. Canopy Growth, Charlotte’s Web, cbdMD, KushCo, and GreenRoads that would be you. Our patients are asking, and we will recommend the products with the clearest labeling, transparent ingredient list, and third party testing analysis. Step up to the scientific community you want to be a part of and speak our language.