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Understanding Lab Tested CBD And Differing CBD Oil Levels

Understanding Lab Tested CBD And Differing CBD Oil Levels

It’s your right to know what you are consuming and should be able to make a definitive decision on what enters your body. However, it is not always easy to decide when it comes to CBD products. If you want to maintain high standards of production, it’s essential to understand the potency of the product, any possible contaminants, and its Cannabinoid profile. 

What is lab-tested CBD?

Before diving into the nitty-gritty of the lab results, you will want to look up the laboratory at which the CBD oil or other CBD products are tested. It’s better to have tests from a lab that is licensed by the state. To obtain and maintain a license, labs across the country are audited for standards of performance and proper testing practices.

Before making your next CBD oil purchase, let’s have a look at specific lab tests and their results. 

Amounts of CBD and THC

Cannabinoid%Weightmg/g
CBD2.5%50.o
THC.03%1.0

Rule of Thumb for Testing

The CBD oil should pass the test for every pesticide that’s screened.

Heavy Metals

Heavy MetalResult (ppm)Pass/Fail
Lead NDPass
ArsenicNDPass
MercuryNDPass
CadmiumNDPass

ND = not detected

Lab results should show no heavy metals

Residual Solvents

SolventResult (ppm)LimitPass/Fail
HeptaneND< 5000Pass
n-Butane ND< 5000Pass
HexaneND< 290Pass

ND = not detected

A lab test should show no residual solvents. .

Why Should You Opt for Lab-tested CBD?

It would be best if you always opted for buying CBD products, which has been tested by a third-party lab. Accurate testing of the product is essential to make sure your product has the highest levels of purity, quality, and potency. 

Third-party testing refers to a detailed analysis of cannabis products by an independent entity that has no affiliation with the manufacturer. As such, the assessment of the CBD product will not be influenced by the product manufacturer.

Having a neutral stance CBD product is essential, especially when considering the fact that it is not regulated by the FDA (federal drug authorities) in the same way that other products are.

CBD Oil Levels and How They Differ

The standard measurement of hemp oil in a bottle is taken as milliliters of fluid (ml) or fluid ounces. The amount of the particular cannabinoid in hemp oil is measured in milligrams. 

Some products, such as CBD pills, gummies, or capsules, tell you how much CBD is in a single serving. For instance, the packaging on a bottle might indicate that it contains 5 mg of CBD per capsule.

If you are using CBD oil tincture, it will likely come in a dropper bottle. The packaging on it might specify the quantity of CBD is in a single drop. This information will help you calculate how many drops you need to use per day. However, sometimes it’s harder to get an idea that how much CBD oil is in one drop because the packaging on the bottle specifies the total amount of CBD, but not the quantity that is in a single drop.

As new CBD companies launch into the marketplace, you will want to make sure to understand that the only the most trustworthy companies offer their lab reports to be viewable to all consumers. This process of revealing lab reports has become a standard in industry, and it’s up to you– as the consumer– to verify lab reports for the CBD products you are considering to use.

Importance for CBD Labeling Requirements

Importance for CBD Labeling Requirements

In rise of recent popularity of the buying and selling of CBD, more requirements for for CBD labeling should be mandated. In this post, we’ll cover some of the reasons why the mandates are needed and reasons why the CBD labeling requirements should be in place across the United States.

Confusion at the Airports

Though CBD is legal in the United States due to the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018, there is still confusion across the nation. For example, one article mentions the confusion of airport attendants as they question whether to confiscate CBD products from passengers. In regards to labeling of CBD products, they state:

The question arose about how TSA officers would know your product contains less than 0.3% THC. Of course, they could read the label, but imagine the lines that would form while they’re squinting at the contents, assuming it is marked that way. And therein lies some of the problem.

From http://www.texarkanagazette.com

This brings a real concern. Further, the article mentions, “Not every CBD product has it (clear label), so you may need to request it.” The confusion of labeling of CBD products seems to be a real concern. After all, how is airport staff supposed to accurately assess the products and determine whether a product meets the legal guidelines of having THC? The governing bodies need to adapt to the market realities.

It’s Time for Change

It’s time to ensure accurate CBD labeling requirements are in place across the nation. Oftentimes, using QR technology this labeling requirement can provide more clarity for lab results and be trained to staff (such as airport staff). Though, in order for this change to have an impact, it must be mandated across the US– at the federal-level. The FDA has provided a presentation, though, has mandated action across the USA, yet.

If you want help understanding where the industry is headed with CBD product labeling, we can help you with consulting. Reach out and contact us for more information.

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