Common mislabeling with over-the-counter cannabis topical products | Health, Medicine and Fitness

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MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Only a quarter of hemp-derived topical cannabinoid products are accurately labeled, according to a study published online July 20 in Open JAMA Network.

Tory R. Spindle, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues assessed the content of cannabinoids (eg, cannabidiol [CBD] and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]) and accuracy of topical cannabinoid product labels and quantified their therapeutic and non-therapeutic claims. The analysis included 105 products purchased from retail outlets and online businesses.

The researchers found that of the 89 products that listed a full amount of CBD on the label, 16 products were over-labeled (eg, contained >10% less CBD than advertised), 52 products were under-labeled ( for example, contained >10% more CBD than advertised), and 21 products were accurately labeled. For in-store products, the median percentage difference between the actual total amount of CBD and the labeled amount was 21%, compared to 10% for online products. In more than a third of the products (35%), THC was detected, although all contained less than 0.3% THC (the legal limit for hemp). Of the 37 products containing THC, four were labeled as THC-free, 14 stated that they contained

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“These results suggest that better regulatory oversight of cannabis and hemp products is needed to ensure quality assurance, deter misleading health claims, and potentially prevent adverse drug reactions in consumers,” the authors write. .

Several authors disclosed financial ties to Canopy Health Innovations.