SAN ANTONIO – CBD oil, also known as cannabinoid oil, is derived from substances secreted from the hemp plant. As of January 1, 2019, it was legal to sell CBD oil with THC, but it has .3% or less.
CBD oil is in demand, billed as panacea for common ailments such as pain, inflammation and anxiety.
"Well, it takes the edge off," said CBD oil user, Todd Hargroder. "I mean to me, it helps with the nerve pain."
By 52, Hargroder spent more than half of his life in a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident in 1986.
"I went over a jump," said Hargroder. "I went over the bars and it resulted in a C56 spinal cord injury."
He made the switch from traditional pain medication to CBD oil 4 years ago, but he cares about the lack of supervision in a now thriving industry.
"I would think for the average person, there's a lot of uncertainty out there as far as it's clean," Hargroder said.
Pesticides, residual solvents and heavy metals are all contaminants Steep Hill Lab researcher, Caleb King has found in various laboratory tests over the past couple of years.
We purchased five brands of CBD tincture oil all with the same potency, 250 milligrams per bottle and sent them to the Steep Hill Lab in Berkeley, California.
One after another, they were tested for potency, pesticides, THC and number of cannabinoids.
Only 2 out of 5 products tested just like the brand: Hemplucid and hometown brand, Alamo Botanicals.
The used labeled KOI was THC and pesticide-free as advertised, but it fell short when it came to strength (195 mg instead of 250 mg).
In response, KOI wrote, "For strength analysis specifically, our laboratory gathers a sample size that is 10X, thus the industry standard is a more representative sample. Without knowing accurate analysis methods, protocols, standards and instruments used, it is difficult to determine where and why variation occurred. "
Solution, the local white brand on the Botanical Shoppe tested as the brand; 250 mg, THC free and pesticide-free, but it is worth noting, it was labeled "full spectrum" on the bottle.
Despite this, our test results showed only 1 cannabinoid other than CBD.
"As a consumer I want more cannabinoids in there," King said. "If they say full range, I'd like to see small amounts of CBD, CBDA, the acidic forms I have mentioned, and in addition, I will see CBN in there."
In response, The Botanical Shop, which produces Remedy, said they did not have a lab report in violation of the Steephill Lab report, but they are planning to begin testing in April.
The company has also decided to remove the wording, "full spectrum" in future oil slots.
The latest sample, News 4, had tested, Veritas Farms, had minimal amounts of 2 different pesticides, but was still considered passers-by, according to the California regulations.
Veritas Farms oil also tested positive for trace amounts of THC (.01%), although the company's certificate of analysis showed that there should be no THC.
The bottle says nothing about THC, but it says full range.
 A Veritas Farms executive said that the full spectrum labeling would include THC, although the definition of full spectrum is not consistent in the industry.
The bottle says nothing about the THC, but it says, "full range."
"Some people may not take even a smaller amount of psychoactive material," King said. "Some people have sensitivity to THC at very low concentrations and may cause adverse reactions."