CBD Gummies and Oils Actual Vs. Advertised CBD Content Investigation

Products containing CBD (cannabidiol) are becoming popular. For example, some people say that a drop of oil or a gummy candy infused with CBD alleviates anxiety. But the industry is not federally-regulated, and some companies are taking advantage of that.

Have you bought food or oils labeled as containing CBD? Do you believe that the CBD content was as high as the label said? We’re investigating.

Foods, drinks, and supplements containing CBD are still not legal in interstate commerce, say the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). However, interest in them is rising. An article on Leafly says, “According to Google Trends, interest in CBD as a search term is now four times higher than it is for THC.”

NBC 6 Miami tested some products from seven companies in an independent laboratory to find their actual CBD content. The article on its website says, “Of the 35 samples we tested, 20 of them had less than half of the amount of CBD advertised on the label. Some samples had no CBD at all.”

The label of one brand of gummies claimed that the candies had 15 mg of CBD. However, the testing found the candies contained 2.2 mg or less. Another brand was labeled to contain 25 mg of CBD. Those gummies tested at 10.5 mg or less. The worst results involved gummies labeled as having 1,000 mg of CBD. These contained no CBD at all.

The investigators tested oils as well. One set of samples tested for less than half the amount of CBD promised.

The results weren’t all bad. Oils for two other companies had the correct amount of CBD, as did gummies from another company. The founder of the gummies company says she spends $10,000 per month testing at three stages—at the source of the CBD, when it arrives at the company, and in the final product.

If a product has been tested at an independent lab, says an article at Medium, lab reports should be available at the company’s website. However, “some companies may only provide their lab reports if you’ve purchased their product or submitted a formal request.” The article also says the testing should have been done by a lab accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the test results should be recent.

But many companies do not make lab reports available to consumers, and no testing is required by law. It’s therefore hard to know what you’re getting in a CBD product.

Have you bought foods or oils that purportedly contain CBD? Do you believe that the CBD content may be lower than the label claims? Do you have any remaining samples of those products? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Fill out the form on this page and let us know what your experience was.

Article Type: Investigation
Topic: Consumer
No case events.
Tags: Contents Have Less of Active Ingredient Than Label Claims, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels