TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Leafreport, an organization aiming to “introduce transparency into the confusing CBD industry,” collected 55 CBD-infused pet products and sent them to an independent laboratory for testing. The results of this study revealed more than half of the tested products contained either more or less CBD than advertised.
Las Vegas-based Canalysis Laboratories tested each product for cannabinoid content, including the presence of THC in products that were marketed to include “full-spectrum” CBD.
“You’re far more likely to find a high-quality CBD product today than several years ago,” said Lital Shafir, head of product at Leafreport. “However, there’s still room to improve. One lingering problem is that many products don’t contain the correct amount of CBD. Testing to ensure the potency of your product is accurate is a fundamental aspect of brand integrity.”
According to Leafreport, 56% of CBD pet products that were tested for cannabinoid content contained the wrong amount of CBD compared to the amount listed on the label. The amount of CBD in these products deviated from the labeled amount by as little as 10.2%, with some containing up to 98.5% more CBD than advertised.
Of the 31 products that contained the wrong amount of CBD, 58% contained more CBD than advertised. Additionally, 22 products contained no THC, despite being labeled as “full-spectrum.” Twenty-four products (44%) contained CBD levels within 10% of what was labeled. Leafreport noted that a deviance of 10% or less from the advertised amount was considered acceptable in this study and was given an “A” rating.
“There have been many cases of companies selling products that contain little to no CBD – that's why third-party testing is so critical for brands in this industry,” Shafir said. “Our aim is that regular reports such as Leafreport's will help CBD consumers become more savvy and allows us to act as sort of a watchdog for the industry as a whole.”
The study included CBD edibles, topicals, oils and tinctures for pets. Leafreport noted that edible and topical CBD pet products tended to have less accurate CBD content than oils and tinctures in this study.
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