You’ve likely heard a lot of buzz about CBD lately and might have a few questions about it. You might also be wondering why a label printing company is talking about it, too. We’ve done our research on the topic and we’re pretty excited to see the massive growth this industry has had recently, especially in Kentucky.
Here are a few quick facts before we dive into the CBD industry in Kentucky. CBD is a type of naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis is considered an herb that has many beneficial effects on the human body. As CBD is a cannabis compound, it has potential significant medical benefits without the mind-altering effects of its cousin, marijuana.
CBD Industry In Kentucky And Beyond
The Federal Farm Bill of 2014 was signed into federal law on February 7, 2014. This law allowed states with established hemp laws in place, like Kentucky, to grow and produce hemp. Hemp has been grown in America since the first settlers came over in the 1600’s. It’s been a large part of Kentucky’s agriculture and is expanding since March 26, 2018, when Mitch McConnell announced that legislation will be introduced in the U.S. Senate to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.
There is also abundant scientific research on the effects of CBD in the human body. In the search for answers to how this compound can have such powerful effects, scientists have discovered “a previously unknown physiologic system, a central component of the health and healing of every human and almost every animal: the endocannabinoid system.”
There are cannabinoid receptors in every system of the body that receive CBD and create homeostasis at a cellular level throughout the body. Many people who take the supplement find it helpful in managing or minimizing pain, inflammation, anxiety, seizures, and many other conditions.
CBD Label Requirements
Labels for CBD products help consumers, retailers, and regulators determine if every CBD product sold contains acceptable levels of THC, which is required to be less than .3%.
The size should be clearly stated on the label in ounce or millimeter. Ingredients should also be listed and will typically be short for CBD products as most products contain an extract emulsified in a carrier oil. For products that contain flavoring agents or other additives, those ingredients must be listed as well.
It’s important to remember that CBD oils are fairly new to the market and as such, consumers are doing their research by comparing products based on ingredients, strength, company transparency, and more. A label doesn’t just reflect a product, it reflects an entire business.
QR codes on labels provide an abundance of information to consumers such as lab results, which test the quality of the product and THC levels. If a CBD oil product does not meet the State’s label requirements, not only could the business face a fine, but also the retail location selling the product could lose their retail license.
One of our Account Managers, Jean Keene, is leading the CBD label industry throughout Kentuckiana. For label specific questions, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a privilege to work with many companies throughout Kentucky who are pioneering the CBD industry in the state. Many of them are shown in the featured image above. Stay tuned to see how we’re involved in the industry for case studies, spotlights, and more.