A disturbing study revealed that medical marijuana labels for edibles were stating inaccurate measurements of THC in their products. Patients rely heavily on edible marijuana containers to display their THC content. Taking this into consideration, the THC levels stated on medical marijuana labels on snacks, drinks, and candies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle were inaccurate in a whopping 83% of cases. Since THC is the primary psychoactive substance in edibles, the results of these tests run by Werc Shop laboratories, may be cause for concern.
THC and CBD Levels In Marijuana Edibles Are Being Under-reported
The study discovered that a startling 60% of the surveyed edibles contained less THC than actually reported while the other 23% contained more THC than reported. Though that 60% may be disappointing for recreational users, it brings to light a much more severe problem for patients who rely on medical marijuana labels when seeking a proper dosage. In cases where an edible’s packaging boasts more THC than the edible actually offers, patients run the risk of under-medicating. Likewise, patients duped into ingesting too much THC by deceptive packaging for marijuana containers reported deep anxiety and severe nausea. The study found that the surveyed edibles in Los Angeles were likely to have more THC than stated on their edible marijuana containers. Seattle’s edibles typically offered less THC than the amounts claimed in the packaging.
Primarily funded by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the study also measured CBD (cannabidiol), an ingredient without psychoactive results. While nearly 50 products contained CBD, only 13 of the edibles reported it on their accompanying medical marijuana labels. Shockingly, all 13 edibles that managed to report CBD on their packaging actually contained different levels than what their packaging claimed.
The Study Ultimately Reveals Lax Monitoring of Medical Marijuana Labels
While the study simply reveals the discrepancies found between the marijuana containers for the edibles and the products themselves, the results call into question the lax monitoring of medical marijuana labels. As organizations continue to butt heads on federal and state levels, packaging designers continue to operate, unregulated. It remains unclear whether these incorrect medical marijuana labels are purposely being used to deceive consumers or if those responsible for the edible marijuana containers are simply ignorant of any wrong-doing.
As the U.S. consciousness shifts to tolerate, if not fully embrace cannabis for medicinal use, the federal government still has yet to recognize marijuana as medicinal. It’s unclear as to how federal organizations could weigh in on the regulation of medical marijuana labels for edible products. For now, it may be up to organizations at the state level to wrangle the misinformation displayed on marijuana containers. With the cannabis industry still in development, it may be a difficult but vital step to ensure that packagers are being accountable and in the patients’ best interests.
If marijuana is to be treated as legitimate form of medication, it may be in the industry’s best interests to ensure weed containers
are reporting proper dosages. To this date, Werc Shop has not revealed the name of any surveyed brands. They instead allow the study to point to the larger issue of unregulated medical marijuana labels in edible products so that the issue is addressed as a whole.