The CBD industry is rising, and manufacturers are busy fulfilling orders and moving their products quickly. The speed at which the industry is growing has also created issues regarding packaging and labeling CBD products.
Below are listed examples of what not to do and helpful tips for making sure you’re accurately labeling your CBD inventory:
Mislabeling Dilemna Affecting CBD Sector
The Food and Drug Administration and Congress have had to step in after false and misleading claims by some bad players have damaged the CBD sector as a whole.
Much of the government intervention comes from concerns about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the active ingredients in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the other yet separate compounds extracted from cannabis.
The government stipulates that any CBD product must pass a certificate of analysis (COA) that shows it contains less than 0.3% THC. The issue is that a 2020 FDA study showed that most CBD retailers violated these standards. Nearly 86% of the CBD companies tested contained THC – the chemical compound in cannabis that makes users high. Many of those tested had more elevated amounts of THC than the law allows.
According to the law, this mislabeling error is medical fraud. Potential customers who are not looking to get high can unknowingly ingest THC in more significant quantities than what the product is labeled. Mislabeling CBD can be problematic if the user takes medications that negatively interact with a potent cannabis product.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have jurisdiction over labeling practices. It’s important to know what not to do before digging deeper.
CBD Product Labeling Mistakes
There are four ways to mislabel CBD products.
Making Claims Without Medical Studies Backing Up Information
There are FDA-approved drugs on the market that contain cannabis – such as Epidiolex for epilepsy. Don’t claim, for example, that your product can help with dementia, epilepsy, or cancer unless you have FDA approval.
Deceptive Advertising Claims
Any false advertising or marketing information would fall under this umbrella, including digital or more traditional advertising, like print media.
Incorrect Product Labels
Incorrect labeling extends to the percentage of THC, dosage, and active compounds are accurately labeled on the package.
Fail to Disclose Important Information
Disclosure information should always be as transparent as possible. All relevant information regarding side effects, sourcing, contradictions should be labeled for the consumer to see. Other essential health factors should also be labeled, such as operating equipment or driving.
Tips on How To Label CBD Products and Avoid an Audit
CBD Package Standardization
Using standardized labeling and contract packaging can ensure you deliver on time and save you an expensive label audit.
The upfront costs for hiring an outside firm to handle your packaging and standardizing labels might be a little more expensive, it will save in the long run by avoiding any confusion with rushed or sub-standard labeling.
Honest CBD Labels
Being completely transparent will not only help the customer; it also protects you.
For clarification, please make sure and Do Not make any claims your product can help with any of the following diseases:
- Parkinson’s Disease