CBD Oils and Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

CBD Oils and Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

September 14, 2019 72 By Ewald Bahringer


Hi this is Dr. Tod Cooperman. I’m the
president and founder of ConsumerLab.com and I’m here to talk today about
CBD supplements and CBD oil. Now CBD is a compound found in hemp and marijuana,
which is also hemp, it is a cannabinoid. There are other cannabinoids in hemp
such as THC which is psychoactive. CBD is not believed to be psychoactive but has
other potential uses other than affecting your behavior or mood. CBD
products are now widely available online, however, technically, they are illegal —
dietary supplements really do not include CBD. The FDA has said that because CBD is being developed as a drug and it
actually may be approved in 2018, later in the year as a drug: as a result of
that it really is not a supplement. Nevertheless it is being sold, it can be
purchased, and what ConsumerLab did, because we’ve had lots of
requests from from our readers — in terms of what’s really in CBD, which ones are
most cost effective, what’s the quality of these products — we went out and
purchased a number of popular CBD products and tested them for the amounts
of CBD and THC, as well as for potential contamination with
heavy metals. We’ve published a report — it’s on consumerlab.com now and you
can access that if you are a member –it’s $42 a year, we have reports on every type of
major supplement on the market at this point. We’ve been doing this since 1999.
In terms of CBD, what we found is, first of all, the products can contain fairly
little in terms of CBD — as little as 2 milligrams per dose or serving
up to about 22 milligrams, so a big difference — about a tenfold difference.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that that’s a lot less than what’s
being used in clinical trials with CBD where they’re
using hundreds of milligrams per day, often 500 or more milligrams per day, and
that’s being shown to be effective particularly in terms of reducing the
number of seizures in people with certain forms of epilepsy that are
difficult to control with conventional drugs for epilepsy.
There isn’t really a lot of evidence, there’s really virtually no evidence in
terms of the effectiveness of very low dose CBD as you would find in these
supplements, nevertheless people are using it. Many people are reporting
benefits — again that’s just based on their own experience, and they’re using
it for pain relief, they’re using it for anti-anxiety use, and a variety of other
uses. Again those are really not supported clinically, however, we have
reported on what’s in these products and how they compare and I’ll talk to you a
little bit right now about really what to look for at least on a label and
again you can look at our report to really get the details, but what’s
interesting is that because of the legal situation with CBD a number of companies
are not putting CBD on the label — they’re calling it a hemp extract, and I’ll show
you some examples. A popular product right now is CW and we tested both the
product for people as well as for pets and what you’ll see, and I’ll try to hold
this up, is that you won’t even see CBD mentioned on the label for the CW
products, it just says hemp extract (and I’m not holding this up well) 28
milligrams and that’s per a 1 ml serving. Hemp extract, you know basically, is kind
of a code word for CBD. If you just see hemp oil, that may be kind of the
carrier or base that they’re using, but the hemp oil itself does not have CBD. Hemp oil is made from seeds; the seeds of the hemp plant have virtually
no CBD in them. So if you hear hemp oil — we we have tested at ConsumerLab
hemp oil products as well, like this one and some others, don’t expect CBD from a
product that’s just a hemp oil product, that’s not what they’re meant for, they
really contain various omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. We have a whole report on
hemp oil supplements as well as other seed oil supplements on ConsumerLab. com,
such as flaxseed, borage oil, etc., but don’t expect CBD from hemp oil. Now some
products some companies are really putting it out there that they do
contain CBD, an example would be Plus CBD oil, and you can see they state
clearly at least on this label 10 milligrams of cannabidiol per capsule,
and then you’ll see other variations. This is Bluebird and I believe they make no claim in
terms of the actual CBD in there. However, all these products based on our testing
do contain appreciable amounts of CBD. So, there’s a variety of products. Again, if
you really want CBD, if it’s a product that just says hemp “oil,” don’t expect CBD, if it
says hemp “extract,” you can expect some. Some products are actually just saying
can phyto-cannabinoids which is kind of a way of — I’m trying to find a product
that says phyto-cannabinoids — here’s one right here, this is a nano-enhanced hemp
oil, and it’s talking about phyto cannabinoid diols that are in the
product. Some of that is likely to be CBD, but not all of it, and then you’ll see
other products that claim to contain a combination of CBD and CBDa. CBDa is
another type of cannabinoid, but again you’re not
going to know how much of it is CBD unless you test it, as we’ve done at
ConsumerLab. In terms of price, we found that you could get a dose of 10
milligrams of CBD for as little as 80 cents from some of these products or as
much as 3 or 4 dollars for 10 milligrams. So if you’re going to use CBD, you may as
well spend as little as you can to get to get good quality CBD. Again, you’ll
find that information in our report on CBD at ConsumerLab.com. if you have any
questions, you can post a comment or question where this video appears, or you
can email us at info@ConsumerLab. com. So, once again, this is Dr. Tod Cooperman
of ConsumerLab com. Thanks for your time.