attention: it’s time to blow the whistle.
The legalization of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill paved the way for a booming – and dangerously unregulated – CBD industry. The market has become inundated with products that vary not only in potency and purity, but also in levels of THC, plastics and lead. This leaves consumers with a monumental responsibility of vetting the safety of CBD products – an exhaustive task when 70% of CBD products on the market today are inaccurately labeled.
The Clean Label Project™ (CLP) is a nationally-recognized nonprofit specializing in state-of-the-art laboratory testing of consumer packaged goods. The organization identified the need for more transparency within CBD product labeling and conducted a study on 242 CBD products – including many of the top products on the market. CLP tested for 130 harmful contaminants and toxins including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, antibiotics, BPA/BPS, pesticides and volatile chemicals. Jackie Bowen, Executive Director of the Clean Label Project, testified about the results at a May 31, FDA hearing on CBD. The results were appalling.
We heard about all of this and asked Clean Label Project to put our products through the same rigorous testing. We are now one of three CBD brands who has been awarded the Clean Label Project's Purity Award and “Clean Label” Certification.
major red flags that arose from the study
lead was plentiful
The top-ten CBD brands averaged 34 parts per billion of lead. The FDA states that nothing above five parts per billion is safe.
THC was rampant…
The 2018 Farm Bill asserts THC levels cannot exceed 0.3%. Yet, 100% of the products making THC-free claims contained THC. This type of misleading labeling is a big deal. In May of 2019, Consumer Reports outlined the story of a man who claimed to have failed a marijuana drug test from using CBD containing THC. There have already been two reported lawsuits where large CBD companies have been sued because consumers failed drug tests.
...so was plastic
The top ten brands averaged 1,091 parts per billion of plastic. That’s three times more than the average amount found in the general consumer product category.
CBD was… variable
Of the 242 products, more than 75% were off by at least 10% of the CBD value listed on the label. One product contained an extra 700% of CBD than what was listed on the label. Ten products contained NO CBD AT ALL.
Beyond our purity award, we use the same strain and family of plants per batch. Our products are extracted in a USDA certified organic lab using a solventless extraction method – leaving no chance for chemical exposure to our products at any point.
To take it one step further, all of our products are third-party, triple-tested, and our certificate of analysis (COA) is always available on our website. You can find it here.