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Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century's snake oil

Cindy Krischer Goodman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Health & Fitness

Drive to Wynwood to indulge in CBD-infused cold brew that will take away your anxiety. Head to the Plantation farmer's market and snap up CBD-infused honey to cure your trouble sleeping. Take a trip to a med spa in Boca Raton and pick up a CBD-infused topical cream for your shoulder pain.

South Florida has become flooded with CBD products for sale, luring buyers with promises of pain relief and medicinal aid. The buzz about CBD has been fueled by celebrities including Kristin Bell, Emma Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, who have said the CBD oils, salves and tonics relieve their sore muscles, soothe their aches, and alleviate social anxiety.

Even with all the endorsements, though, consumers have no real knowledge of the validity of the claims of CBD's healing powers. Some labs report that dangerous and deceptive ingredients are showing up in CDB products. The industry's lack of regulation and transparency has opened the door for serious concerns:

-- Product labels are inaccurate or misleading.

-- Products contain other additives that alter your mood.

-- Metals, pesticides, bacteria and solvents from cannabis plants are surfacing in products.

 

-- Concentrations of CBD are lower than advertised.

-- Many products for sale remain untested.

Nationally and in Florida, there is no requirement yet that CBD products contain the ingredients manufacturers say they do, or the healing power suggested in their marketing brochures. For now, the medical science isn't there to definitively back up the touted health and therapeutic benefits of CBD products.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It is used in products like oils and edibles to provide feeling of calm, but CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant and won't give you a high.

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