WHAT IS THIRD PARTY LAB TESTING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
CBD lab testing is the practice of sending products to an independent testing facility. At the lab, products are tested by an unbiased third-party to assess cannabinoid content and verify that products have not been contaminated during any phase of the manufacturing process.
The Importance of CBD Testing
Hemp-derived CBD is extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp plants. Industrial hemp is known for its ability to absorb heavy metals, chemicals, and other toxins from soil and water as it grows. That’s why it’s essential that the products we offer are tested for purity. It’s our responsibility to ensure your safety. We also believe consistent third-party testing and sharing results provides:
- TransparencyTransparency is particularly important in the CBD industry. We believe every person should have the ability to verify the products they select are of consistent quality and safe to use. People should know what they are paying for. We post third-party test results so our customers know they can trust our products.
- AccuracyThere are far too many reports of companies selling poor quality products at premium prices. As a result, it’s apparent that many people are purchasing hemp seed oil believing they are getting CBD. Since hemp seed oil does not contain CBD, third-party testing allows consumers to verify the accuracy of product descriptions.
- PotencyReputable CBD manufacturers use third-party test results to verify the potency of their products. Customers who have access to test results can confidently purchase their favorite products knowing the cannabinoid content is consistent with manufacturer claims.
What is CBD Tested For?
Third-party testing facilities screen products for chemical contamination, heavy metals, and bacteria. Test results help product manufacturers optimize their processes and identify areas that may need improvement. CBD products are commonly tested for:
- CBD LevelsMany companies sell hemp-derived products that contain significantly less CBD than specified on products labels. Third-party test results allow manufacturers and their customers to verify that CBD content is consistent with product descriptions. Tests results also reveal the presence of any additional cannabinoids including CBDA, CBG, and THC.
- THC LevelsTHC is the cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that causes intoxication.1 To be classified as industrial hemp, our government has specified that hemp and hemp-derived products must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. Third-party testing ensures products fall within legal limits and will also provide verification that CBD products marketed as 0 % THC are accurately represented.1
- Shelf LifeProduct stability or shelf-life testing defines the extent a product changes over time. The process involves a collection of analytical data based on product ingredients, composition, processing, and packaging.2 Companies can use this data to ensure their products have the longest shelf life possible.
- ContaminantsHeavy metals are not the only contaminants that could find their way into CBD. Third-party labs also test products for contamination from mold growth, yeast, E.coli, salmonella, and residual solvents.3
What to Look for When Purchasing CBD
CBD product descriptions and manufacturer claims are helpful but don’t necessarily tell the entire story. An unfortunate number of companies are selling low-quality products at premium prices. You can protect yourself from misleading claims when you know what to look for when purchasing CBD. The following suggestions could help you make an informed purchasing decision:
- Third-Party Test ResultsAny company could claim their products are third-party tested, but a company that values transparency will allow their customers to view product test results. To ensure the reports are unbiased, testing should be completed by an independent third-party facility.
- CBD to THC RatioThere are two potential sources of CBD, marijuana and hemp. The significant difference between the two plants is the CBD to THC ratio. CBD derived from industrial hemp will have a high CBD to THC ratio. You may want to look at the third-party test results to confirm your full-spectrum CBD contain 0.3 percent THC or less, and that 0% THC products do not contain detectable levels of the cannabinoid.
- CBD ContentThe CBD (cannabidiol) content of the products you purchase should always be specified in milligrams (mg). You can use third-party test results to confirm products contain the amount of CBD specified by the manufacturer. By confirming CBD levels, you will know that the hemp oil products you select are extracted from the aerial plant parts, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD.
The Verifiable Quality of CBDistillery™ Products
When purchasing CBD, look for manufacturers willing to verify the purity and potency of the products they sell. Since any company can claim their products are third-party tested, it’s important that you reserve your trust for companies that allow you to verify those test results.
CBD-Doctor has full control over every aspect of product production, from the planting of our non-GMO hemp seeds to the distribution of our quality products. As a leader in the CBD industry, they were also one of the first companies to give our customers full access to third-party test results.
For CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, and CBD vape products visit Valley Ridge CBD . Our products are tested by the leading accredited lab in the cannabis industry to ensure they meet the quality and safety standards established by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the production standards required for US Hemp Authority™ certification.
- Live Science. (2017 May 18) What is THC?
- Midwest Laboratories. (2018) Shelf-Life Testing: Understanding the Basics.
- ProVerde Laboratories. (2018) Industrial Hemp/Cannabidiol (CBD).