False dosage labels on 96% of Amazon hemp products tested, many with no hemp or CBD

Amid the flourishing cannabis and CBD reform across the West, hemp-derived cannabinoid products are increasingly taking center stage as lawmakers continue to raise red flags about the lack of regulation and the intoxicating potential of these products.

In the past few months alone, several states have moved to introduce new policies to limit or ban the sale of psychoactive hemp-derived cannabinoid products, such as delta-8 THC. Similarly, many report some of the issues surrounding the regulatory loopholes surrounding hemp-derived products on the market.

Among them is CBD Oracle, a consumer research company that aims to improve safety and transparency around cannabis products.

Most recently, he turned his attention to CBD gummies and other hemp products available for purchase on Amazon.com. While the company notes that Amazon will confidently tell you that they don’t allow CBD gummies on the platform, CBD Oracles new independent analysis of these products begs to differ.

A look at Amazon’s approach to hemp and CBD products

Although Amazon technically does not allow CBD products, CBD Oracle suggests that sellers on the site largely avoid this hurdle by avoiding the term CBD and instead using hemp in their packaging and product descriptions.

Neurogan CEO Jan Brandup said Amazon’s hemp products are not related to actual hemp and rather use the term as a sales tactic.

It’s alarming how easily consumers are tricked into trusting these products, just because they’re sold on a reputable platform like Amazon, Brandup said. At best, they can drain your wallet.

Sunday Scaries CEO Mike Sill agreed, adding that many of Amazon’s products do not automatically carry credibility and ultimately quality due to the nature of the platforms’ regulations.

When you search for CBD gummies on the platform, no big-name brands appear in the search results, Sill said. The reason for this is that credible brands like Sunday Scaries, Charlottes Web and cbdMD cannot sell on Amazon without being banned.

Rather, Sill said these companies engage in brand burning, meaning that once they’re banned from Amazon, they essentially rebrand with a new name and packaging only to re-upload the same products. to the site and proceed with sales.

Their business model does not include a focus on building a reputable brand and providing consumers with the highest quality and safest products; They’re just looking for a quick sale and will do whatever it takes to stay live on Amazon, Sill said.

So what exactly is in Amazon’s hemp products?

Researching the content of Amazon’s hemp products

In an effort to analyze the specific content of CBD products on Amazon, the company purchased 56 of the site’s most popular hemp products and tested them through InfiniteCAL labs. The majority of products (80%) were gummies, with eight tinctures, two topical creams and a pack of mints. Most (89%) also made specific numerical claims about the dose.

About 30% (17 of 56) of the products tested contained CBD, with an average of 547mg per pack. However, there was a wide variation in the amount of CBD between products, with a minimum of 28 mg of CBD and a maximum of 1,582 mg. While CBD Oracle points out that at least this shows that Amazon isn’t completely dishonest about some of these products containing hemp and hemp compounds, it still violates Amazon’s policies and may not be legally compliant.

THC is also banned from Amazon sales, although six (11%) of the products tested contained the cannabinoid and all three contained the mostly delta-8 THC compound. While all products were below the THC threshold set by the 2018 Farm Bill, all three delta-8 products had very high amounts of THC at 641, 2,507 and 3,028 mg per package. The product with the highest amount of THC had 76 mg per gum.

The majority of products tested (35 of 56 products, or 62.5%) contained no cannabinoids at all, and more than a third (24 of 56 products, or 43%) did not contain hemp.

InfiniteCAL’s laboratory director, Dr. Erik Paulson, explains that hemp is typically infused into consumable products through hemp seeds, which do not contain cannabinoids, or through extractable material extracted from leaves, stems or buds usually to create cannabinoid-infused products.

Simply put, if you buy hemp from Amazon, chances are you’re actually buying an expensive jar of gummy bears. Gelatin and sugar, at a premium, CBD Oracle notes in the report.

The report also confirmed that 96% of the products tested did not advertise an accurate dosage.

If we assume that the dosage list refers to cannabinoids (and not just the total mass of hemp oil), only two products were confirmed by laboratory testing to have a dosage within 10% of that stated on their labels, the report states. They contained an average of only 25% of the advertised dose. In most cases, this was less than advertised, but one product containing mostly delta-8 THC had twice the promised dose.

In addition, 52% of products appeared to make an unapproved medical claim, and nearly 95% of products did not provide Certificates of Analysis (COAs), which are typically considered essential for reputable companies selling hemp products.

A growing problem and possible solutions

Although the report focused on Amazon products, CBD Oracle notes the prevalence of this trend, as other companies such as eBay, Walmart and Alibaba carry similar products sometimes with the same options.

The authors note the potential ramifications of the sale of these products, beyond health and safety concerns, as it could undermine the broader hemp and cannabis industries and the progress of reform that many are actively pushing.

Amazon has shown they don’t understand the difference between hemp seed oil and hemp extract that contains cannabinoids, Forge Hemps Kelly Lombard said. As long as sellers are vague about a product’s content, Amazon doesn’t seem to care. This is problematic because American consumers need more information about hemp and CBD, not less. Amazon’s convenience and return policy may entice more consumers to try hemp products, but if their experience is negative, it hurts the industry.

CBD Oracle also lists some potential solutions to address these issues, though they largely fall on Amazon to adhere to stricter COA and verification guidelines, if not completely remove any products that make false claims. They note that customers often have limited impact and that individual efforts to fight or report these products can end in frustration and wasted time.

The authors also cite that the current model, a blanket ban on CBD that encourages companies to be dishonest and actively work on it, may not be the answer.

Even setting a minimum requirement for hemp sellers to show an up-to-date lab report would be enough to send snake oil sellers running for the hills, the report concludes. Will you be able to pretend that CBD is not available on your platform? No. But customers buying CBD from your platform that already exist, whether they like it or not, would be much more likely to get safe products that deliver what they say on the label.

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