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Don’t Get Screwed: The Importance of Testing

When we first started our CBD/Cannabis education, we kept hearing over and over about the importance of third-party lab testing. The goal behind independent third-party lab testing is to have a neutral, unbiased source examine the content and quality of a company’s CBD products.

This is extremely important in today’s market, as the non-regulated state of the CBD market has essentially allowed manufacturers and distributors to slap impressive-looking labels on their products, and market and sell them however they please. There are many crooks and swindlers out there who simply want to cash in on the booming CBD industry.

Though 47 states have now legalized Hemp based CBD, many don’t require any testing. And among those that do, the details vary considerably. As a result, consumers need to take matters into their own hands and often have to rely on CBD manufacturers to self-police.

According to ProVerde Labs, “Unfortunately, many of the hemp-based CBD products sold on the market have little to no Cannabidiol (CBD), falling far short of the product label claims.” It really sucks spending your hard-earned money on is a CBD product that doesn’t contain any CBD.

Making matters worse, the hemp-based extracts used as the base of these products may contain contaminants like certain molds and/or heavy metals. Cannabis plants in general, readily absorb these potentially harmful chemicals that may be in the soil or water. To protect against that risk, cannabis plants should be tested frequently while they are growing, and finished products should be tested, using validated methods.

In addition, third-party lab testing is expensive and can cost thousands of dollars per month. Non-reputable companies don’t want to have this cost added or are nervous the products won’t pass, so they skip this vital part of the CBD business. Whereas, a reputable company that truly cares about its product and is only selling high-quality CBD, won’t be scared to have an unbiased, outside source verify it for them. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

ProVerde Laboratories services test for homogeneity, stability, and shelf life along with Cannabinoid Profiles that show the amount of CBD and CBDA (CBD’s precursor) in addition to over a half-dozen other cannabinoids. This vital information can be crucial to properly dosing medication. They also test for Mold/Mildew/Fungus/Yeast, E.coli/Salmonella, Mycotoxin, Heavy Metals, Residual Solvents and Pesticides.

Testing also shows us other important factors. According to the Hemp Industries Association, the definition of Hemp Oil can be confusing. ‘Hemp Oil’ usually, and more properly, refers to oil made from the seeds ONLY, which contain very minute amounts of CBD. But a few reputable manufacturers also use that term to mean authentic CBD oil, made mainly from the leaves, resin, or flowering tops of hemp plants. This is where the importance of being able to see a test result on a CBD product comes in handy

How do reputable CBD products show these important tests results? A product’s COA, or certificate of analysis will be on the product with usually a QR code that can be scanned and seen online. ALWAYS ask to see this COA on a CBD product. If an online manufacturer or a retail store doesn’t have the information, or refuses to share it, avoid the product and the retailer.

Karen Watts Nauman

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