CBD Oils and Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab

Hi this is Dr. Tod Cooperman. I'm the president and founder of ConsumerLab.com
and I'm here to talk today about CBD supplements and CBD oil. Now CBD is a
compound found in hemp and marijuana, which is also hemp, it is a cannabinoid.
There are other cannabinoids in hemp such as THC which is psychoactive. CBD is
not believed to be psychoactive but has other potential uses other than
affecting your behavior or mood. CBD products are now widely available online,
however, technically, they are illegal — dietary supplements really do not
include CBD. The FDA has said that because
CBD is being developed as a drug and it actually may be approved in 2018, later
in the year as a drug: as a result of that it really is not a supplement.
Nevertheless it is being sold, it can be purchased, and what ConsumerLab did,
because we've had lots of requests from from our readers — in terms
of what's really in CBD, which ones are most cost effective, what's the quality
of these products — we went out and purchased a number of popular CBD
products and tested them for the amounts of CBD and THC, as well as for
potential contamination with heavy metals. We've published a report —
it's on consumerlab.com now and you can access that if you are a member –it's $42
a year, we have reports on every type of major supplement on the market at this
point. We've been doing this since 1999. In terms of CBD, what we found is, first
of all, the products can contain fairly little in terms of CBD — as little as 2
milligrams per dose or serving up to about 22 milligrams, so a big
difference — about a tenfold difference. However, it's important to keep in
mind that that's a lot less than what's being used in
clinical trials with CBD where they're using hundreds of milligrams per day,
often 500 or more milligrams per day, and that's being shown to be effective
particularly in terms of reducing the number of seizures in people with
certain forms of epilepsy that are difficult to control with
conventional drugs for epilepsy. There isn't really a lot of evidence,
there's really virtually no evidence in terms of the effectiveness of very low
dose CBD as you would find in these supplements, nevertheless people are
using it. Many people are reporting benefits — again that's just based on
their own experience, and they're using it for pain relief, they're using it for
anti-anxiety use, and a variety of other uses. Again those are really not
supported clinically, however, we have reported on what's in these products and
how they compare and I'll talk to you a little bit right now about really what
to look for at least on a label and again you can look at our report to
really get the details, but what's interesting is that because of the legal
situation with CBD a number of companies are not putting CBD on the label — they're
calling it a hemp extract, and I'll show you some examples. A popular product
right now is CW and we tested both the product for people as well as for pets
and what you'll see, and I'll try to hold this up, is that you won't even see CBD
mentioned on the label for the CW products, it just says hemp extract (and
I'm not holding this up well) 28 milligrams and that's per a 1 ml serving.
Hemp extract, you know basically, is kind of a code word for CBD. If you just see
hemp oil, that may be kind of the carrier or base that they're using, but
the hemp oil itself does not have CBD. Hemp oil is made from seeds; the
seeds of the hemp plant have virtually no CBD in them. So if you hear hemp oil
— we we have tested at ConsumerLab hemp oil products as well, like this one
and some others, don't expect CBD from a product that's just a hemp oil product,
that's not what they're meant for, they really contain various omega 3 and 6
fatty acids. We have a whole report on hemp oil supplements as well as other
seed oil supplements on ConsumerLab. com, such as flaxseed, borage oil, etc., but
don't expect CBD from hemp oil. Now some products some companies are really
putting it out there that they do contain CBD, an example would be Plus CBD
oil, and you can see they state clearly at least on this label 10
milligrams of cannabidiol per capsule, and then you'll see other
variations. This is Bluebird
and I believe they make no claim in terms of the actual CBD in there. However,
all these products based on our testing do contain appreciable amounts of CBD. So,
there's a variety of products. Again, if you really want CBD, if it's a product that just
says hemp "oil," don't expect CBD, if it says hemp "extract," you can expect some.
Some products are actually just saying can phyto-cannabinoids which is kind of
a way of — I'm trying to find a product that says phyto-cannabinoids — here's one
right here, this is a nano-enhanced hemp oil, and it's talking about phyto
cannabinoid diols that are in the product. Some of that is likely to be CBD,
but not all of it, and then you'll see other products that claim to contain a
combination of CBD and CBDa. CBDa is another
type of cannabinoid, but again you're not going to know how much of it is CBD
unless you test it, as we've done at ConsumerLab. In terms of price, we found
that you could get a dose of 10 milligrams of CBD for as little as 80
cents from some of these products or as much as 3 or 4 dollars for 10 milligrams.
So if you're going to use CBD, you may as well spend as little as you can to get
to get good quality CBD. Again, you'll find that information in our report on
CBD at ConsumerLab.com. if you have any questions, you can post a comment or
question where this video appears, or you can email us at info@ConsumerLab. com.
So, once again, this is Dr. Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab com. Thanks for your time.