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Laura Seiderman calls it her sidekick. She never leaves home without a bottle of CBD oil.

“It really is like magic for me,” said the newlywed from Broward County.

“I really use it for so many different things, headaches, for sleep issues, nausea,” Seiderman said.

She uses both CBD oil and creams.

CBD is an extract that comes from hemp or marijuana plants – the parts that don’t make you high. It’s put in all types of products for its reported health benefits.

“It really just takes the edge off,” said Seiderman.

But if you buy CBD products from a store in Florida today, you have little way of knowing what you’re putting in your body.

CBD has not been regulated in Florida. That means the label may say the product contains CBD but the consumer has few ways to know if someone checked to be sure.

When the NBC 6 Investigators put CBD products to the test earlier this year, we found more than half of the products had less than half the amount of CBD advertised on the label or no CBD at all.

“Which is so upsetting especially because I see how beneficial this could be,” Seiderman said.

Consumers have filed complaints about bogus products with the Florida Attorney General.

One consumer said they bought a “fake product,” another said the product gave them “severe headaches,” and a third said the product they purchased make them “sick and incoherent.”

The Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services told the NBC 6 Investigators it’s a problem that needs to be fixed.

“I’ve been very vocal on the products being out there aren’t safe to our consumers,” said Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Some of them have metals in them, high THC, no CBD in there, it’s a fraud on our consumers.”

A new state law is expected to be signed by the governor this week that would require all Florida products to be lab tested so consumers can see what they’re buying.

It would also make it legal in Florida to buy CBD as long as there is less than .3% THC inside.

At Green Roads, a South Florida-based CBD business, they already do their own lab testing. The co-founder of the company lobbied for the new law.

“You’re ingesting this, so if you don’t have those guidelines and rules you could cause actually more harm than good,” said Green Roads co-founder Arby Barroso. “You want to make sure what’s in the product is trusted.”

The company puts bar codes on all of its products. If you scan the code with your phone, it’ll take you directly to the test results. The same system would be standard for any CBD products bought and sold in Florida.

The law would not regulate products sold from other states over the internet.

Unless the Governor vetoes the legislation, it will go into effect July 1.


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