San Rafael, CA: Cannabidiol (CBD)-infused oils marketed online as legal hemp products possess questionable potency and may contain various impurities, according to a report published this week by the non-profit advocacy group Project CBD.
According to the report, analytical testing of various products revealed significant quantities of industrial solvents, which could pose health risks to consumers. Potency testing also identified products with considerably lower levels of CBD and higher levels of THC than advertised.
The report also calls into question the notion that high-CBD extracts may be derived from industrial hemp plants. It states: "Cannabidiol can only be extracted from the flower, leaves, and, to a very minor extent, the stalk of the hemp plant. … [T]hose who say they’re extracting CBD only from the stalk of industrial hemp are almost certainly being disingenuous. Either they are bluffing to make it appear as though they are operating legally – or they are extracting the oil in a way that makes a dangerous product more likely."
Finally, the report discredits claims that such products are legal under federal law. "CBD-infused ‘hemp oil’ is not federally legal in all 50 states," Project CBD Director Martin Lee stated in a press release. "In some lab tests, … products were found to have more than the legal limit of THC (0.03 percent, the percentage allowable under federal law in hemp food products). Moreover, cannabidiol in any form is still a Schedule One substance, according to the DEA and FDA."
Full text of the report is available online from Project CBD.org at: http://www.projectcbd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/ProjectCBD_Special-Report_Medical-Marijuana.pdf.