Are Delta 8 THC products generally safe and effective, or are they mostly a dangerous sham? Answering that question may be more complicated than you think. According to Chris Roberts of Forbes, “Mislabeling is rampant throughout the industry, and some less scrupulous companies have altered or faked outright their products’ lab “results”, a recent investigation found.”
The “investigation” was conducted by CBD Oracle, a CBD review website who said, “We got 51 hemp-derived Delta-8 THC products tested by an independent lab, and found high levels of Delta-9 THC in most of them. And that was just the beginning.” CBD Oracle’s “study” is problematic for all sorts of reasons, but it is significant because it exposes an even bigger problem in the hemp industry.1
Who Can We Trust?
Which labs should we trust for sample analysis? At this point in history, there are no official, standardized methods for analyzing cannabis samples. As a result, individual labs evolve their own processes, mainly to comply with the testing requirements required by the state where they operate. Should we trust our state governments to make and enforce those laws? Why? What expertise do they have with testing cannabis in the first place. I wouldn’t put all my trust in state governments to make laws to keep people safe and medicine effective either. After all, it’s our government, in the FDA, who told us Oxycontin tested as safe and rarely-habit forming.
Making things even muddier, there is very little communication between labs. It is a sh-t show, in my honest opinion. I question the “independent lab,” who did the testing for CBD Oracle. Maybe, just maybe, the “testing” equipment used was poorly calibrated, not cleaned properly, or it doesn’t work at all. It could be reporting falsely for a variety of reasons. Next to the government, the analytics labs are really the last people I trust.
On the other hand, it could be nearly accurate and all those tests show that manufacturers are putting out illegal, mislabeled products. It could be showing us something very important. Regardless, everyones data is being thrown into question. As it should be. That is how we learn and grow. That is how we actually make progress. We come to the realization that we don’t know and we work to find out what we don’t know.
Testing Delta 8 THC Products Is Important, But Never An Exact Science.
Testing is important, but you have to understand that it isn’t ever an exact science. The analytics labs would love you to believe it is precise and exact. Generally, they will do whatever they can to prove how correct they are, even if that means confusing everyone in the meantime.
There are some good labs out there, but you have to find the right ones and take the reports they send for what they are: TESTS. Tests are different from studies and science. Test happen in studies and science, but they aren’t the same. If you ask me, CBD oracle commits serious academic violations by making this resemble a scientific research study, which it clearly is not.
The Bottom Line
Find a manufacturer you can trust who doesn’t exaggerate or lie. You never get everything perfect in any industry. Consider the healthcare industry. There are awful things that happen, but guess what? Doctors and the medicine they prescribe save lives everyday. Should we just pull all medicines and foods off the shelves until everyone is happy with the way every sample is tested? You won’t do that. You can’t do that.
There is never 100% transparency in any supply chain. There is always someone who will try to cheat and then get away with doing the wrong, at least temporarily.
You do the best you can, but you don’t necessarily stop taking medicine that saves your life or helps you because it has side effects. You weigh all the factors and make a decision for yourself.
If taking Delta 8 is helping you live a higher quality of life, then trust your gut. Don’t let anyone spook you from getting the relief you need. Good health is your birthright.
A lot of the motivation behind CBD reviewers like CBD oracle comes from getting more clicks and making money. They want to portray themselves as industry authorities and get you to do business with their cannabis companies in the mean time. The problem is they aren’t authorities at all and neither are their “testing” labs. You can see that it is child’s play if you look at it right.
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