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BSCG NEWSLETTER – April-20-2022

April 20, 2022
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Why CBD Quality Matters Most

The research is mounting about the many benefits that can be derived from cannabis and hemp plants as well as their derivatives such as CBD oil. The cannabis plant itself is complex, naturally containing hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids, including CBD and it’s psychoactive cousin THC. Each cannabinoid is unique and may have particular effects based on interaction with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. CBD has a number of potential benefits, from pain relief, to increased focus, to recovery. Cannabis with high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC (<0.3% in the U.S. and <0.2% in the EU) is called hemp.

Marijuana and THC vs. Hemp and CBD

“Marijuana forms of cannabis have been bred to be high in THC, which is the chemical that causes the psychoactive high users will feel. The hemp forms of the plant were primarily bred for industrial purposes like
textiles, clothing, and seed production. More recently, hemp has been bred to be high in CBD and low in THC. These


forms of hemp have been bred with a focus on producing high levels of non-psychoactive CBD. Under U.S. law, marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3% THC, while hemp is a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC.” – Oliver Catlin, president of BSCG.

Can an athlete who uses CBD fail a drug test?

While most people are interested in the possible benefits of CBD, the primary concern for athletes, or anyone subject to drug testing, is whether they can test positive for THC when using a CBD product. The answer is complex due to the different types of CBD products on the market and inconsistent quality control in
the industry.


THC is the target in drug testing so the primary concern is how much THC you ingest daily when using a CBD product. If you use CBD isolate or broad-spectrum CBD products, the expectation is that no
THC is consumed. If you use a full spectrum CBD product that contains small amounts of THC then you need to ensure you don’t ingest too much THC to break the urine thresholds used in sport drug testing. But you have to trust the brand and test results for the products you are using. Inconsistency in lab testing and methodology
creates an environment where the quality of CBD products can sometimes be suspect. This puts athletes and other drug tested professionals at potential risk.

Certified CBD – Defining premium quality CBD products

Third-party certification provides consumers with assurance that products meet claims and are free of harmful contaminants or substances that could lead to a positive drug test. BSCG has been the gold standard in third-party certification for nutritional supplements for almost two decades, offering a complete suite of certification, testing and GMP compliance services to the dietary supplement and natural product communities.


The BSCG Certified CBD program is a one-of-a-kind program designed specifically for CBD products that includes cannabinoid profile testing to verify CBD claims and THC limits; contaminant testing to check for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and microbiological agents; and screening for BSCG’s industry leading drug-testing menu covering nearly 500 substances. The BSCG Certified CBD program is still the only third-party certification program available in the world that addresses the concerns of sport drug testing and ensures the protection of athletes, first responders or other tactical professionals subject to strict drug testing regulations.



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