Will Marijuana Product Labels Get Standardized?

Since Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 there have been many new cannabis laws. The most recent potential law in discussion is about standard marijuana product labels. “Our findings suggest that the prevailing labeling system is not an effective or safe way to provide information about these products,” said co-author Brian Keegan, An assistant professor of science at CU boulder.

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Why? Because labeling marijuana as indica, sativa, or hybrid does not show the full picture of what it contains inside. A test sample of 90,000 marijuana products across 6 different states found that consumers know little about the marijuana they are purchasing.

-Why Does The Marijuana Product Label Matter?

Current marijuana names can lead the consumer to believe that names like gorilla glue, cookies and cream, and sour diesel will always be the same if you buy it somewhere else. This is not the case. Only when you buy from a dispensary will the marijuana be more consistent. Even then, it can still vary. While many marijuana companies put the mg on the marijuana product labels, they are not required to list other ingredients.
“A farmer can't just pick up an apple and decide to call it a Golden Delicious. A beer manufacturer can’t just arbitrarily label their product a Double IPA. There are standards. But that is not the case for the cannabis industry,” said co-author Nick Jikomes, from Leafly.com

-Marijuana Product Label Strain Consistency

Some strains such as White Tahoe cookies were consistent with terpene levels, but other marijuana flavors like Durban poison were consistently different. This is why buying medical marijuana is better because it is more consistent. Marijuana strain will soon become less important on product labels. Soon other ingredients will become more important on these product labels. Flexible packaging will also become important as many marijuana companies choose to use alternative packaging.

Cannabis Benefits

Recent studies have shown the benefits of cannabis products and the benefits of cannabis

1. Lower blood pressure A 2017 study showed that cannabis can help lower blood pressure. Cannabis can also reduce resting blood pressure. This can be a great benefit for people with high blood pressure or stress.

2. Reduce inflammation - Cannabis products have proven to reduce inflammation according to a recent study by Rockefeller medical research.

3. Anxiety Disorders - Cannabis has been shown to reduce anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, and PTSD.

4. Preventing Seizures - A recent CBD study has shown that cannabis can reduce and even prevent seizure syndrome.

5. Fighting Cancer - CBD is known to help alleviate the effects of chemotherapy. Recent studies have found it can prevent cell growth and induce cell death in cervical cancer, along with other anti-cancer benefits.

6. Glaucoma - Several clinical studies have found that cannabinoids or marijuana reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) as well as do most conventional glaucoma medications. 

7 - Nausea - In a recent study, titled “The Effectiveness of Common Cannabis Products for Treatment of Nausea” published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, researchers showed that the vast majority of patients using cannabis to treat nausea experience relief with more than 96% of the study sample reporting nausea relief.

8 Pain - Research concluded that there is substantial evidence that cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults. A separate study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine supports these results. This research suggests that using CBD can reduce pain and inflammation. 

9- Multiple sclerosis - MS is a disease that attacks your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The marijuana plant, or Cannabis sativa, has dozens of chemicals that can affect your mind and body. An influential group of scientific institutions concluded that marijuana and cannabis, is proven highly likely to help ease stiffness and muscle spasms that are common with MS, at least as measured by self-reported symptoms.

10. Epilepsy - Cannabis products have been known to help treat epilepsy. As consumers begin to smoke cannabis for specific purposes such as health purposes, precision marijuana labels will become more standardized.


As Marijuana becomes more popular and accepted by the mainstream it could get a new label standard. It's expected that marijuana product labels will soon be classified by their chemical makeup. Not by the strain, but also by THC, terpenes, flavonoids and other ingredients.

Which states allow medical marijuana?
  • Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia:
  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
How do you get medical cannabis?

You must be living in a state that has legalized medical marijuana. Next you must schedule an appointment with a licensed doctor to see if you qualify for medical marijuana. If the doctor approves you then you can get a medical marijuana card. These medical marijuana cards are good to use at a local marijuana dispensary to buy cannabis products.

Disclaimer: This content is not a substitute for professional medical advice or consultations with healthcare professionals. Please see a licensed doctor for medical help.