Medical marijuana is currently legal in 29 states in the U.S., and the District of Columbia, and a growing body of research supports the potential health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) to help treat some conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety and chronic pain.
Cannabidiol is a chemical that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant. Unlike marijuana’s other popular active ingredient, THC, cannabidiol is not known to be addictive or offer users a “high.”
But because marijuana use is illegal under federal law, there is no regulation or oversight for online sales of cannabis products.
A research team from the University of Pennsylvania found that nearly 70 percent of CBD products sold online are either over- or under-labeled.
The team, led by Marcel Bonn-Miller, adjunct assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry, spent a month searching and identifying CBD products available for online retail purchase that included CBD content on the packaging.
They purchased 84 commercially available CBD