Marijuana Labels Don’t Reflect “Chemical Reality” Of What Users Inhale

May 31, 2022
Study analyzes 90,000 cannabis products and finds they don’t reliably describe the chemicals compounds users inhale.

A new study from the University of Colorado finds that the labels on marijuana products don’t accurately capture the mix of chemicals that users inhale, according to an article from Los Angeles Daily News. The study reportedly analyzed 90,000 cannabis products for sale across six states.

According to the article, the prevailing labeling system obscures the diversity of chemicals cannabis consumers inhale and is not a safe way to provide information about the products. The widely used system is supposed to predict the different effects of various “strains.” Researchers argue there is a whole set of chemicals compounds outside of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), such as terpenes and flavonoids, that can cause people to experience the products differently. Groups such as the Institute for Safe Medication Practices reportedly have called for national regulation of medical marijuana labeling to ensure consumers are protected.

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