How to read the label of a CBD product?

As laws loosen and research supports some beneficial effects of cannabis and its derivatives, the products multiply. It is then sometimes difficult for the consumer to make a decision which will lead him to control his budget while buying a quality CBD product, meeting their specific needs.

A simple solution is therefore essential: read the label carefully. It is still necessary to know what information to look for and what the cannabis jargon means. This is precisely what we are detailing here, helping you to read the label of a CBD product.

CBD and other cannabis derivatives: what is required on the label

CBD products without labels cannot be sold freely

CBD products without labels cannot be sold freely

This is nothing new, France is one of the countries imposing the strictest conditions when it comes to the marketing of products derived from cannabis. The hemp plant must therefore belong to a authorized variety, that only the stems and leaves are used, and that the THC level in the plant is below 0,2%, soon 0,3%.

In addition to this, any CBD product must have information on its label that identifies:

  • Le manufacturing,
  • The ingredients,
  • Le volume (or weight).

This information is general and common to all products. Depending on its nature and its main method of taking, other elements may be added to the label:

  • Pictogram "prohibited to minors": on the CBD e-liquids
  • Minimum term date (DDM): on liquids for electronic cigarettes and CBD oils.
  • Nutritional values (nutrients, fats, energy values): on everything foodstuff pre-packaged (sweets, drinks, cookies).
  • Period of use after opening (PAO): for all cosmetic products whose duration of use exceeds 30 months. Below, a specific date must be indicated.

As consumers, we are all used to reading these guidelines. However, a lot of other information can adorn the labels of our CBD products, which you should know how to read.

Read the CBD dosage indicated on the label

The dosage is undoubtedly one of the most important elements, since it will determine the strength of the CBD product and its effects. Two units are generally used.

CBD dosage in milligrams

A label indicating a CBD dosage in milligrams is relatively easy to read since it indicates the net weight material inside the product. This is generally the case for pure cannabidiol extracts, such as CBD crystals. As the recommended amount of CBD is generally expressed according to the weight of the person (15mg / day for a person of 70kg for example), it is then easy to make your calculation.

Percentage of cannabidiol

Un percentage dosage is more common on products where CBD is not the only ingredient, such as oils. It is then necessary to calculate the quantity of cannabinoids compared to the volume of the vial: 500mg in a vial of 50mL of 10% oil, for example.

Date of production and consumption of hemp-derived products

CBD degrades over time. This is also true for other cannabinoids, but also most active ingredients and essential oils. All can also suffer from temperatures too high and direct light. Direct exposure to sunlight should therefore be avoided, whatever the label of your product says. Rest assured, however, that in most cases a CBD product that has just passed its expiration date is simply less potent and / or tasteless, but does not present any danger to health.

However, be careful with products containing something other than CBD. The expiry date of a CBD oil, for example, depends much more on the oil used than on the CBD itself, since the vegetal oils have a deadline for optimal use (DLUO). Non-dangerous after this date, however, they can become rancid and should therefore no longer be consumed.

Certifications of CBD or cannabis by recognized third-party organizations

Certified CBD products allow consumers to be assured of their quality

Certified CBD products allow consumers to be assured of their quality

Any company that markets cannabinoids needs to be right for you indicate where their products come from and what they contain. In a field where the black market is still omnipresent and production not yet fully democratized, this is information of prime importance, which should be supported as much as possible by third party certifications. Only an external laboratory can indeed bring the required neutrality.

Weedy puts as soon as possible the certifications obtained in free access, directly on the product sheet. In case of questions or to obtain additional information, you can always contact our customer service who will be happy to inform you as precisely as possible about the quality of our varieties and the composition of our products.

Origin of CBD and other ingredients

Prefer CBD products without pesticides

Prefer CBD products without pesticides

Before buying any cannabis-derived product, finally be sure to verify its origin, as well as list of ingredients that make it up. Some are all eagerly awaited. This is particularly the case of the vegetable glycerin / propylene glycol base which is found in e-liquids. Others are however avoid as much as possible since they have no reason to be present in healthy products. Let us name in particular the additives, thinners, thickeners, colorants and flavors. In a quality CBD product, the basic ingredients should be sufficient on their own.

As for the origin of the products, today it is quite possible to obtain hemp derivatives having pushed on European soil. varieties from organic farming are then preferred. In the absence of labels attesting to the mode of production, it is indeed not rare to find traces of pesticides and heavy metals in the product. Elements that are catastrophic for the environment, and obviously not welcome in our organizations.