Is CBD Safe?
The short answer with a few qualifications is: If the CBD is pure, then Yes!
There are no federally mandated guidelines on what can be marketed as CBD, so there are legitimate concerns about the possible contamination of CBD. CBD on the market may have untested terpenes or may be adulterated with pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, or other contaminants introduced to the hemp during the growing season. In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association only 30.95% of the CBD products studied were accurately labeled.
At Utopia CBD we ensure the high quality of our CBD in a number of ways. We have test results from the soil and the hemp in the field and before it is harvested, and we have third party labs test the CBD once it is extracted, and after it is processed into a product for sale. Our documented third-party testing insures the purity and integrity of our CBD. We extract all of the terpenes from our CBD so our customers have confidence that the CBD they are placing in or on their bodies is pure CBD — the type of CBD that has been subject to rigorous scientific examination.
For example, in December of 2017 the World Health Organization indicated in its critical review that CBD is not harmful, has health benefits, and does not have abuse potential. More recently the WHO has stated:
There is currently no evidence that recreational use of CBD is connected to any health problems. In fact, it is considered to have many health benefits and is used to treat many health difficulties including stress, sleep difficulties, anxiety, other mental health difficulties, and chronic pain.
The JAMA article on mislabeling noted that “CBD appears to neither have abuse liability nor serious adverse consequences at high doses.” A study looking into CBD used in the treatment of mental disorders concluded that CBD “was effective in open case reports and clinical trials in patients with schizophrenia with a remarkable safety profile.” The National Institute of Health indicated in 2017 that “in general, the often described favorable safety profile of CBD in humans was confirmed and extended by the reviewed research.”
Scientific evaluation of CBD continues at an impressive pace, and not all ramifications have been conclusively studied. In particular persons who are pregnant, breast feeding, or taking medications should consult with their physicians to help make the decision about the use of CBD. At Utopia CBD we will continue to pay close attention to the ongoing scientific effort.