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Dangerous Contaminants Currently Prevalent in the CBD Industry
TCIA Member Kimberly Stuck agreed to share about the dangers of lead and the need for contaminate testing in the CBD industry.
This is what she had to say:
Heavy metal contamination in CBD and other cannabinoid products is something that I worry about regularly. For lead in particular, the FDA has recommended guidelines for foods and drinks that are more likely to be consumed by children, including candy and juice. Anything above this level and you are risking brain damage and cognitive/behavioral issues in children. Many products in the CBD industry due to lack of regulation are far above these thresholds, and many times they are consumed by children, the immunocompromised, and the elderly. These populations are more at risk of being negatively affected by contamination than that of other healthy populations. This is why regulations and standards for the CBD industry, when it comes to contaminate testing, needs to be held to a higher standard, and unfortunately right now there is no standard at all.
Certifications can exist from any company technically, you just have to do research about the company and what their interests are before deciding to get that certification. If you are going to look for a certification that has to do with health, safety, and quality look at the other interests of the company leader and advisors making sure that the people behind it are truly health and safety experts, or at least are working with people that are. The best certifications to get are GMP Certifications or ISO certifications from an accredited certifying company. Many companies are not to that level yet, and want to start with something smaller before tackling those big certifications. This is totally fine, and recommend doing research about who helped write the certification, that their expertise is in health and safety, and they don't own a part of a competing company. These are the kinds of certifications that might be more beneficial to your company overall, and will have required standards more effective in preventing contamination issues.
Claims about testing mean nothing without actual proof that the company is testing every single batch for contaminants. At this time there are no consequences for those claiming something and then it not being true, but once federal regulation starts, hopefully that will change. Contamination will happen, but it is the job of the company to do everything they can, such as testing products and ingredients before selling to the public, to prevent potentially harming consumers. Certifications such as GMP and ISO make sure that companies are abiding by protocols to protect their consumers, that is why they exist. That is why all regulators and 3rd party audits exist, because in every single industry, self regulation has never worked. It has been proven time and time again, and this is why regulation needs to happen in this industry as well.