Cleaning Up the CBD Industry

Championed as a treatment for epilepsy, anxiety and psychosis to name a few, CBD is making its way into all matters of products. From sweet gummies to skincare to throat sweets – the market is booming with consumption across all age groups and classes. The industry is growing at double digits and expected to be worth around £1billion by 2025. So it’s clear that CBD products won’t be disappearing from shelves any time soon. As the industry grows, there’s increasing concerns that products may contain little to no CBD at all.

CBD Product Research

In June this year, the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) found that 62% of the UK high street products studied did not contain the CBD content advertised on the packaging. 38% of the products had less than 50% of the promised CBD content. One product (retailing for over £90) contained 0% CBD! To add, some products contained illegal tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 45% of tested products had high levels of THC, cannabinol (CBN) or another psychoactive substance.

This report clearly shows that the industry as a whole must work towards producing quality products that consumers can trust. The CMC commented, “the exercise also exposed regulatory gaps – with no rules that set basic standards for important supply chain activities like testing of cannabinoid products. So those laboratories (in the UK or elsewhere) that conduct these examinations all use different processes and testing methodologies and they may not be to a standard that is reliable, or would satisfy UK authorities.” The full report can be read here.

Outgrowing Regulation

The ongoing prohibition of cannabis in the UK and the limited availability of legally-prescribed medicinal cannabis products may explain the under-regulation and expertise in the CBD wellness industry. However, here’s no surprise that CBD’s retail demand has overtaken its regulation. Starting from a novelty to growing £300 million market in a matter of years, CBD is known as the miracle substance. “All cannabinoids for human and animal consumption exist within a regulated regime, with varying levels of restriction. The CBD market in the UK is under regulated, and this poses challenges for the industry and consumers.” Explains the CMC. You can read more on CBD regulation in the UK.

What we do…

Here at EOS Scientific, we offer CBD oil manufacturing that suits the needs of your business. Trading Standards have tested our products and confirmed that our CBD purity and content is correct. If you’d like to know more about our CBD Oil Manufacturing service, you can learn more here.