Last updated on July 19th, 2019 at 08:58 am

Over-the-Counter (OTC) vs. Medical Cannabis Products

While there are many CBD products on the market, it’s important to recognize the important differences between medical cannabis products – which are only available from licensed medical cannabis providers – and over-the-counter (OTC) products available at retail:

Consistency and Efficacy

CBD is medicine and, for patients to manage their conditions, must be exactly the same dose-after-dose, bottle-to-bottle. There are wide disparities in CBD and THC content from products sold by unlicensed producers (see charts below). This can result in inconsistent treatment as well as potential undesirable side-effects.

Quality and Purity

Cannabis is a bio-accumulator and absorbs elements from the soil in which it is grown. Licensed CBD oil producers like Compassionate Cultivation are held to extremely rigorous standards for quality and purity. Products from some unlicensed producers are of an unknown origin and have been shown to include impurities such as bacteria, pesticides and heavy metals.

Compassionate Cultivation Products

mg/ml
Compassionate CultivationCBDTHCCBD:THC
Lone Star Peppermint(MCT Oil)103.84.523:1
Lone Star Cherry (MCT Oil), 2/6/18100.04.522:1
Lone Star Unflavored (MCT Oil)100.84.922:1
Lone Star Unflavored (Safflower Oil)103.04.921:1
Lone Star Cherry (MCT Oil), 3/14/18103.94.921:1

Over the Counter CBD Products

OthersCBDTHCCBD:THC
CW Plus17.10.536:1
CW Advanced65.52.033:1
Palmetto Harmony17.00.628:1
CBD Gold (Compound Pharmacy)4.40.222:1
CBD Plus (Compound Pharmacy)0.320.00N/A
Hemp Extract WAAYB35.21.035:1
Haleigh’s Hope21.80.731:1

Analysis performed using liquid chromatography (LC) on an Agilent 1100 system equipped with a diode array detector (DAD) for UV-Vis spectroscopy.

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