It’s important to know what CBD products you are buying
As of 2018, the Federal Agricultural Improvement Act includes a provision that legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in large part because of the popularity of CBD. This means that almost all commercially available CBD products are made from industrial hemp, a cannabis Sativa plant species that, by definition, contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
The positive side of CBD legalization in the United States is that this potentially powerfully healing, non-intoxicating, compound found in the hemp plant, is now easily available to use without a prescription. The flip side is that the CBD products are not regulated by the Federal Government: The FDA does not oversee CBD products.
Additionally, product safety testing is not required by all states. The most important thing to be aware of is that quality CBD products are tested, and you want to see the test results done on the products you are consuming.
Aside from consuming synthetic ingredients you probably don’t want, you also want to know what exactly is in your CBD product, from the purity and potency to other potentially harmful contaminants. This is where third-party lab testing results come into the picture.
Reputable manufacturers will consistently test, and easily make available to you, their product’s current certificate of analysis (CoA). You want to buy or consume CBD products that have been lab-tested by a neutral, independent laboratory.
Without this lab report disclosure about the CBD product, you have no way to confirm their claims as to the amount of CBD contained in the product or the quality of the plant.
Lab reports empower you with the opportunity to know exactly what is in the plant, from quality to potency. Given this is going in your body with the intention to support your health and well-being, you want your CBD product to be pure and potent.
Here’s what you want to look for in CBD lab test reports
Lab report formats vary, however, according to American’s for Safe Access, lab reports should contain these basic components, depending on the type of product being tested. Heres what testing readings you should look out for:
- The name, address, contact information, and the license # (where applicable) of the testing facility
- The name of the product and any other identifiers printed on the label.
- Sample identification number
- The date the product was submitted for testing and the date testing was completed
- Testing Summary
- Cannabinoid Content
- Moisture Content
- Water Activity
- Foreign Matter
- Signature Marks
- Residual Solvents
- Heavy Metals
If a company does not readily supply this above information, you’ll want to look for another CBD company that does provide this information.
Happy CBD Hunting.