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Lev Spivak-Birndorf, research scientist and co-founder of PSI Labs, tests samples of CBD products at PSI Labs in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

CBD products are everywhere in Michigan — from the mall to the grocery store to the gas station.

In the absence of federal standards or regulations, consumers are left to decide for themselves if the product they are purchasing is trustworthy — or safe.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a hemp-derived extract that can be added to oils and lotions and is used as a natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, depression and pain. It’s legal in the U.S. as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp — but there have been no regulations or standards issued for the product.

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(Clockwise) CBD Living Gummies, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated CBD PET whole hemp extract liquid drops, Native CBD Hemp Oil 600mg, PlusCBD Oil Hemp roll-on, CBD Tincture 250mg, Garden of Life Dr. Formulated CBD 50mg whole hemp extract liquid drops, Green Roads 350mg Daily Dose. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

MLive investigated some of the most readily available CBD products on the market in Michigan to see if they lived up to their label claims. MLive purchased seven CBD products — gummy chews, oils, a topical balm and a pet product — and had them tested by the state-licensed medical marijuana safety compliance facility PSI Laboratories in Ann Arbor.

Technicians there evaluated the products to see what cannabinoids they contained, how strong the cannabinoid concentration was, and if they contained any harmful pesticides.

There are no standards in product labeling, so some of the labels contain dosage information that MLive checked through this investigation. MLive contacted the companies for all products tested – three responded and their statements are included with their test results below.

Search the database below to see how the products fared in the independent lab testing.

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Here are the individual products we tested and the results for each:

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Native CBD Hemp Oil 600mg. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 2 oz container of Natural Native Blueberry Flavored CBD Hemp Oil 600 mg formula was purchased at Family Video for $79.50. The label claims there is 10 mg of CBD in each mL of the oil.

PSI Laboratories results indicated there is 12.1 mg/mL of CBD– slightly more than the label claims, but within the margin of error. This product did not test positive for pesticides.

The label reads “THC free” — which is true; no THC was detected. The label claims ingredients are natural CBD extract and MCT coconut oil with natural fruit flavoring. A QR code on the label leads consumers to the brand’s own test result page, which indicates the oil contains 10.29 mg/mL of CBD.

The company responded to the results with this statement:

“The test results you provided fall within our standard manufacturing variances that we allow for. As a rule, we manufacture our product with a slightly higher (2%) amount of CBD than is required for a production run to account for mixing variances due to the viscosity of the products. Our products undergo extensive testing at all stages of production to ensure that each has at least the stated amount of CBD on the label and that it is free from THC, residual solvents, pesticides and heavy metals. These tests are easily accessible for the consumer by scanning the QR code on each bottle.”

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CBD Living Gummies. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This container of CBD Living full spectrum gummies was purchased at Better Health Market for $35.99.

The label claims there is 300 mg of CBD in the unit, as there are 30 gummies with 10 mg of CBD each. PSI Laboratories testing revealed the formula strength was 297.7 mg of CBD — true to the label claims.

However, a QR code on the label leads consumers to the brand’s own test result page, which indicates the gummies contain 7 mg/g of CBD. The PSI Laboratories testing revealed a lower concentration of 3.7 mg/g.

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CBD Tincture 250mg. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 1 oz bottle of Reliva CBD Tincture was purchased at an Admiral Petroleum station for $19.99.

The label claims it is a 250 mg formula of CBD. It suggests a serving size of 1 mL — or one dropper full, and claims there is 8.33 mg of CBD per serving.

The label does not include any reference to the brand’s test results.

PSI Laboratories testing revealed the tincture was a 238.4 mg CBD formula and had 8.6 mg/g of CBD per dose — fairly close to the label. The product did not test positive for pesticides.

Shane Hoffman, chief science officer for Reliva, said the company is actively working to decrease that margin of error by adding more active ingredient to the formula. The company has also recently added QR codes to its labels linking to its own test results, Hoffman said.

“In this current climate without clear and direct guidance from the FDA, we’re redefining all of our protocols to be as safe as possible for our consumer,” Hoffman said.

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PlusCBD Oil Hemp roll-on. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 1 oz container of PlusCBD Oil Roll-On was purchased at Kroger for $59.99.

The label claims the “extra-strength” formula contains 500 mg of CBD and includes no suggested dose information.

PSI Laboratories test results indicate the CBD formula was much lower than the label claimed at 398.4 mg/unit.

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Garden of Life Dr. Formulated CBD 50mg whole hemp extract liquid drops. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 1 oz bottle of Garden of Life Dr. Formulated peppermint-flavored CBD oil was purchased at Better Health Market for $79.49.

The label indicates a dosage of 50 mg/mL of CBD.

PSI Laboratories test results indicate the dosage is slightly higher than advertised at 55.5 mg/mL of CBD. This product did not test positive for pesticides.

A QR code on the label leads consumers to the brand’s own test result page, which indicates the dosage strength is 51.89 mg/g of CBD.

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Garden of Life Dr. Formulated CBD PET whole hemp extract liquid drops. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 1 oz bottle of Garden of Life Dr. Formulated peanut butter-flavored CBD Pet Oil for Dogs was purchased at Better Health Market for $42.79.

The label indicates there is 20 mg/mL of CBD in a dose.

PSI Laboratories test results indicate the dosage is slightly higher than advertised at 24.4 mg/mL CBD. This product did not test positive for pesticides.

A QR code on the label leads consumers to the brand’s own test result page, which indicates the dosage strength is 22.05 mg/g of CBD.

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Green Roads 350mg Daily Dose. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

This 1 ML syringe of Green Roads Daily Dose CBD Oil was purchased at Pipe Dreams Tobacco for $7.99.

The label makes two claims: that the oil is a 350 mg CBD formula, and that there’s 23 mg of CBD in the dose.

PSI Laboratories test results showed a much lower dose than either of those two figures at 7.3 mg/mL of CBD. This product did not test positive for pesticides.

A QR code on the label leads consumers to the brand’s own test result page, which indicates the dosage strength is 16.1 mg/g of CBD.

Green Roads company officials responded to the test results with this statement:  “We vehemently dispute these lab results, which conflict with the multiple tests conducted on Green Roads products by the largest cannabis and hemp testing company in the US. The discrepancy between the lab results is likely due to interlaboratory variance which can occur for many reasons and not due to the product itself. Green Roads has been a CBD industry pioneer in self-regulation, consumer education, and transparency, and has championed for industry regulation and standardization. We thoroughly stand by our products and the integrity of the Green Roads independent lab results that are available to consumers via QR codes on all of our product packaging.”

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Lev Spivak-Birndorf, research scientist and co-founder of PSI Labs, tests samples of CBD products at PSI Labs in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

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Lev Spivak-Birndorf, research scientist and co-founder of PSI Labs, tests samples of CBD products at PSI Labs in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

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Lev Spivak-Birndorf, research scientist and co-founder of PSI Labs, tests samples of CBD products at PSI Labs in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Tanya Moutzalias | MLive.com

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