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Most CBD sleep products are mislabeled, study finds

April 27, 2022  By Grow Opportunity staff, a peer-reviewed website, has released a study that reports that 60% of tested CBD, or cannabidiol, products currently marketed for sleep contained the wrong amounts of CBD, CBN, and/or melatonin.

For this study, Leafreport purchased 52 CBD sleep products including gummies, tinctures, and capsules. Leafreport also engaged Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs, an accredited third-party cannabis testing laboratory. Infinite Chemical Analysis Labs measured CBD, CBN, and melatonin levels in each product and sent back Certificates of Analysis (CoA) for each product.

Leafreport discovered more than half (60%) of the 52 tested products contained active ingredients like CBD, CBN, and melatonin that were off from the labeled strength by over 10% compared to the amounts of the active ingredients reported on the CoAs.

Key findings include:

  • Two out of three products tested that contained melatonin had inaccurate levels.
  • One product had no melatonin at all, while two others had 3-5 times the labeled amount.
  • Products containing two of the tested ingredients were less accurate than those containing one or all three, with only 29% matching the label.
  • Over half of the products containing CBD had inaccurate CBD levels.
  • Almost half of the products containing CBN had inaccurate CBN levels.
  • Capsules performed the best out of any product category, with 50% matching the label, followed by 40% of gummies, and 30% of tinctures.
  • Out of 9 products containing all three tested ingredients, 5 (55.6%) matched the label but only one did so for every ingredient.
  • Out of 32 products advertised to contain broad or full-spectrum CBD, 25% were mislabeled.

“Frankly, the results of this research are shocking and continue to illustrate the need for a more transparent CBD industry,” said Gal Shapira, product manager at Leafreport. “Consumers need to know when they buy CBD products that there are certain quality standards being met. Leafreport exists to help these same consumers make better-informed decisions about what they put into their bodies. We see this report as a critical service to help consumers ensure they buy products that actually work.”

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