June 22, 2022 4 min read
Since the legalization of hemp products in 2018, several companies have sprouted up, all of which claim to sell the best quality CBD with insanely diverse cannabinoid and terpene profiles to help you elevate your wellness across the board. These companies spend fortunes on influencer marketing and online advertisements, but one thing they sacrifice in this process is CBD safety. Testing performed by a third-party laboratory is the only way you can know for certain that a company's claims are legitimate and that you are getting a safe and high-quality product. Today we will talk about the importance of CBD testing and explain what a lab report should show you. So stay with us to make your next CBD purchase as safe as possible.
The lack of strict regulation on the the CBD market poses a risk to vulnerable consumers and compromises CBD safety. When you shop for CBD and choose a 250MG Tincture Oil, for example, you expect it to contain the potency it claims. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Many companies risk your health for a couple extra bucks and lie on their labels. Several global studies tested CBD products from various brands. They all confirmed that the ingredients listed on the labels were not in line with what the products actually contained. Mislabeling and fraud are so common in the CBD world that even the FDA warns consumers against them.
Here is where CBD testing becomes helpful. A test performed by a third-party lab can ensure CDB safety by giving consumers accurate information on the content and helping them manage their dosage. It can also confirm that the product is made with safe manufacturing methods and does not include impurities such as pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents.
The unethical tactics of some companies can also damage the CDB industry as a whole while making it more difficult for CBD entrepreneurs who are looking to actually contribute to the industry in a meaningful way. Should consumers experience notable side effects when using CBD due to impurities and/or mislabeling, well, there goes the trustworthiness of our still-young hemp-derived CBD industry. And if the potency of a CBD oil is not as high as it claims to be, consumers may think the product is not effective; further driving them away.
The reputational damage can set the CBD industry back for years, but CBD testing help to hedge against the issue. Testing can determine the safety of a company's product and build trust with its users. If companies can effectively demonstrate their responsible practices through testing, they can help the CBD industry thrive as it should.
Third-party laboratories are the companies responsible for showing what should be contained in a finished CBD product and what should not. Manufacturers, including Envy CBD, send finished products to these independent labs to receive unbiased reports on both their content and quality.
These lab reports, otherwise called Certificate of Analysis (COAs), ensure CBD safety by testing for chemical characteristics and ingredients contained in the products. These tests verify that a company meets basic regulations and provides safe products. And due to the independent nature of the labs, companies cannot tamper with the COAs they receive. That's what makes these tests so credible! So what do they test for exactly? Let's have a look!
Determining the cannabinoid profile is one of the most crucial steps in ensuring CBD safety. Cannabinoid potency testing uses specialized techniques like high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to measure the quantities of different cannabinoids in products such as CBD Tinctures. The various cannabinoids labs usually test for include: THC, CBD, CBC, CBN, THCA, THCV, and CBDV. Labs can confirm that a CBD brand uses the legal amount of Delta-9 THC (less than 0.3%) and contains the CBD concentration as advertised both on its packaging and website.
Another substance third-party laboratories often test for when guaranteeing CBD safety is the terpene profile. Terpenes are naturally-derived, aromatic compounds found in most plants like cannabis, lemons, and pines that give them their unique scents and tastes. Terpenes also have numerous therapeutic benefits and can help enhance the effects cannabinoids deliver. Third-party lab tests ensure these terpenes are intact and abundant in the final CBD product.
The safety of CBD also depends on whether residual solvents are present in the finished CBD product. CBD is extracted from hemp through the use of solvents such as ethanol or CO2. Should the finished product go to market with a significant amount of solvents remaining, consuming said product can be detrimental to one's health. While some CBD products can effectively remove all of the residual solvents, it is not uncommon to find trace amounts under the legal limit present. If you see a test report with a significant amount of residual solvents, STAY AWAY! There are cleaner products out there to help you achieve feeling your best!
Hemp is a famous bio-accumulator which means it can absorb the qualities of the land. This characteristic can be both beneficial and harmful because the soil may simultaneously contain both nutrients and heavy metals. Heavy metal contamination can endanger CBD safety and cause health issues like inflammation. Labs check the products for heavy metals such as leads, arsenic, and mercury to ensure consumers are safe upon consumption of CBD products.
Microbiological contaminants like fungi and bacteria are another group that can make finished CBD products unsafe for human consumption. These bio-contaminants can cause various diseases and allergic reactions in the human body. So labs need to test for them and confirm they do not exist above acceptable levels.
If you want to try some of the safety CBD products to help boost your wellness, you can visit Envy CBD. Our third-party lab reports show that we not only comply with regulations, but exceed them while simultaneously delivering superior quality products to our customers. We source our hemp from our pesticide-free farms in Minnesota and create our top-tier CBD in GMP- and ISO-certified labs. Your safety is our number one priority, and we show that in our immaculate practices. So try our products today and leave us a comment about your experience!
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