Ingredients You Should Avoid in CBD Products

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Michael Levin

Zora DeGrandpre, ND

Medically reviewed by
Zora DeGrandpre

Ingredients You Should Avoid in CBD Products

Do you know what to look for in CBD oil to ensure you buy a high-quality and safe product? There is an enormous variety of CBD products today, and knowing the terms and ingredients to avoid is important. For example, you should not buy CBD products containing heavy metals or toxins, ingredients you are allergic to, or products labeled as CBD but are made with hemp seed oil. Similar to buying food and supplements, it is essential to know the CBD ingredients to avoid having the best experience possible.

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TL;DR: There are some ingredients to avoid in CBD products because they are unhealthy or can lead to medical issues. They include heavy metals, pesticides, mycotoxins and essential oils in CBD products that are ingested. Some ingredients are avoided because they are not safe for personal reasons. For example, a person is allergic to an ingredient or is taking a medication that will interact with an ingredient. It is critical to read the CBD product label and the Certificate of Analysis and to understand that hemp oil is not CBD oil. Shopping for safe-to-use CBD products as an informed consumer is important to selecting high-quality CBD products.

Become a Knowledgeable Consumer

CBD products are sold in dispensaries, stores and online, but not all are equal. Since CBD products are not government regulated as supplements, it is left to the consumer to become knowledgeable about identifying the safe use of CBD products. Unfortunately, unsafe and mislabeled CBD products continue to be sold, and the product ingredient label is inaccurate.

The Food and Drug Administration issues warning letters when test results find false labeling. Fortunately, there are ways to identify these kinds of products by reviewing the Certificate of Analysis (COA), reading customer and product reviews and only doing business with reputable companies. You can also learn how to compare CBD oils and brands.

Several research projects tested CBD products, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Johns Hopkins and the National Institute of Health. David G. Evans, JD, writing for Missouri Medicine, discusses mislabeling, contamination, and medical claims concerning CBD products. What is clear is that there are CBD oil ingredients you should avoid, and you also should not take ingredient labels at face value. Many safe, high-quality brands sell CBD products with accurate labeling of CBD oil ingredients, making the COA readily available.

CBD Ingredients to Avoid

Everyone should avoid some ingredients, while others are avoided for personal reasons, like allergies. Following is a list of CBD ingredients to avoid for safety or personal reasons.

1. Hemp Oil Only

CBD is extracted from the industrial hemp plant, so it is easy to get confused when a product is labeled as “hemp oil,” “hemp seed oil” or “hemp extract.” Though the product may be a safe nutritional oil, it will contain only a trace of or no CBD. Hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds, usually with a cold-press process. Hemp seeds have very little CBD. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant biomass and not the seeds.

2. Animal-Based Ingredients if Vegan or Vegetarian

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you want to avoid animal and animal byproduct ingredients. For example, CBD capsules are made with gelatin or plant material, and CBD gummies are made with gelatin or pectin. Gelatin is a protein usually derived from the natural collagen of pigs or cows. Plant-based ingredients are frequently sourced from vegetables, and pectin is derived from vegetables and fruits.

3. Heavy Metals

The cannabis plant absorbs what is in the soil. It is a hyperaccumulator plant, accumulating unusually high concentrations of metals through the roots and storing them in living tissues. Heavy metals include metals like lead, arsenic and mercury and are not for human consumption. Though they are not ingredients, per se, safe-to-use CBD products do not have heavy metals that exceed a scientifically set limit. Review the COA to ensure each tested metal does not exceed the state-set legal limits. In quality CBD products, most results will indicate “ND” for “Not Detected”.

Review the COA to ensure each tested metal does not exceed the state-set legal limits.

4. Pesticides and Mycotoxins

Like the heavy metals analysis, the COA will also indicate the results of an analysis of various pesticides and mycotoxins. A mycotoxin is a toxic compound naturally produced by a fungus. Ensure the results show that each compound is within the legal limit for human consumption.

Pesticides and Mycotoxins Analysis

5. Artificial Ingredients

Some CBD products contain artificial products. Not all of them are bad in the sense that they are not poisonous or toxic, like artificial sweeteners. However, you are taking CBD oil for health reasons, so you want your CBD products to be as natural as possible. Ideally, CBD oil ingredients should not include artificial sweeteners, flavorings or coloring. You can buy organic products maintained as all-natural from the farm to the final product or CBD products, ensuring each ingredient is obtained from a natural source.

6. Ingredients That Can Trigger an Allergy

If you have allergies, read the CBD product label carefully to ensure no ingredients can set off an allergic reaction. A good example is grapefruit. It can cause atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis in people allergic to this food. Many CBD products contain ingredients like magnolia, vitamins, elderberry, aloe vera, passion flower, peppermint oil, turmeric and dozens of others that you may be allergic to.

7. Ingredients That Interact With Medication

Fruits like grapefruit and Seville oranges contain furanocoumarins, a chemical that interferes with proteins in the gut that process medications. The common medicines impacted include some for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, treating heart arrhythmia and treating infections. Orally ingested CBD is also processed by the CytP450 system of the liver – this may either increase or decrease the levels of both prescription and over-the-counter medications – and thus changing many aspects of that medications actions and effects. These changes can be harmful and should be avoided.

8. Ingredients That Can Cause Side Effects

Take note that the active ingredients in CBD oils include more than cannabinoids. For example, the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Some people experience mild side effects from curcumin, like an upset stomach, and believe it may be due to CBD when it might be the turmeric. It is essential to review the ingredients before consuming a CBD product and stop using CBD if side effects develop.

Some people experience mild side effects from curcumin.

Essential Oils in Consumable CBD Products

Essential oils in large quantities are not intended for consumption. Essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint oil are used in CBD topicals to soothe skin and in CBD bath bombs for aromatherapy. A CBD consumable should not have essential oils listed as ingredients.

No Cannabinoid Profile

Due to how CBD is derived from the whole hemp plant except for the seed, full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD will include other cannabinoids, like CBC and CBD. These cannabinoids are also tested and should appear on the COA; if they do not, there is a quality issue.

Know Your CBD Products

You will find that some ingredients are unsafe for you because of your personal health issues, like allergies, but they are safe for the next person. Being an informed consumer can help you select the most beneficial and safest CBD products. The large variety of products means a large variety of ingredients to consider. The best advice is always to buy a reputable CBD brand, carefully read all the ingredients listed on the label, and review the Certificate of Analysis.




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