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Chemical Testing Lab Finds Traces of THC in CBD-Only Products




Ellipse Analytics announced on Sept. 23 that the company analyzed many CBD products and found that, despite claims of hardly any traces of THC, THC was evident in many of them.

According to a recent press release, the lab looked at 250 top-selling CBD products. Forty-five percent of the samples tested positive for THC. The study’s results indicated that about 21 percent of the products that claim to be THC-free are incorrect and had detectable levels. Due to the inaccuracies of some CBD companies, numerous lawsuits have been filed on behalf of consumers who failed drug tests due to the heightened percentage of THC present in their CBD products.

“In the absence of a federal definition of THC-free, consumers are essentially being misled to believe their CBD products are free of THC,” said Dr. Sean Callan, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Operations at Ellipse Analytics, in the press release. “Our lab tested one CBD product with less than 0.3 percent THC, but it had 78 mg of THC in the product. To provide context, the maximum amount of THC that a brand can have in a single, recreational marijuana product in Colorado is 100mg. Ultimately, without federal or state intervention, the ‘safe’ amount of THC in a finished good will most likely be established through class action lawsuits. People consuming CBD products making false THC-free claims are unknowingly ingesting THC and potentially failing drug tests.”

Although CBD is becoming well-known for its beneficial properties, some CBD products are still being found to contain harmful ingredients. Some CBD vapes were recently found with Spice, also known as K2, which can be extremely harmful to consumers. But even in the wake of this uncertainty, the U.S. government is spending millions to research and learn more about CBD. It’s clear that as we move forward, increased regulations are important.