By Emily Ledger
At the end of June, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) revealed it’s extensive analysis of the UK CBD Industry: “CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible, innovative and high-quality cannabidiol industry”. Yesterday, the industry membership body released a further statement clarifying some of the test results.
The report revealed that only 11 out of 29 of the products tested in the review were within a 10% range of the advertised CBD content. Shockingly, one of the products even contained 0% CBD. Furthermore, 13 of the oils tested were found to contain THC, 7 contained a solvent, and 1, a heavy metal.
The conclusion of the result was:
“The best products are very high quality and are good options for today’s consumers. But a larger group of products present issues in one area or another.”
The results led to widespread media attention and, undoubtedly for some, a distrust in the industry.
However, the statement released by the CMC yesterday revealed that all of CMC members’ products tested, were within the 10% range of the advertised content. Products of member brands were found to have no amounts of residual solvents or heavy metals which could cause a hazard to public health. The member brands tested were: DragonflyCBD, George Botanicals and Charlotte’s Web.
As an industry membership body, the CMC aims to increase awareness and access to quality Medicinal Cannabis and CBD products. In relation to the CBD industry, the CMC encourages the development of self-regulation of member businesses and stakeholders.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, products in the UK have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. This popularity is forecast to continue, as estimates suggest the UK market could be worth £1Bn by 2025. This huge room for growth is attracting a growing number of international Cannabis investors, mainly from the US and Canada.
If you have any doubts about your CBD products, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis recommends referring to certifications of the products. If you cannot find the certificate, then contact the company directly. They should be able to help you with either the individual analysis if tested or their independent batch test results.