Why CBD Lab Testing is so Important
Although you may be seeing CBD oil nearly everywhere these days, that does not mean that the industry standards and regulations have caught up with CBD’s newly found popularity. Today’s CBD industry often is littered with unregulated products and low quality CBD, so it’s very important to be careful that you’re only purchasing top-quality CBD products from reputable CBD oil suppliers.
Even if you’re unfamiliar with CBD lab reports, you most likely have seen them loudly advocated for in brands such as Palm Organix. Premium CBD oil brands advocate so heavily for lab reports because all the high end reputable CBD sellers have two layers of lab testing. Lab reports, referred to as certificates of analysis (COA), are only the first step, as companies like Palm Organix then send out their CBD oil products for third party testing. Third party tests and COA’s are essential tools to use when shopping for quality CBD oil products.
Understanding why CBD lab reports are necessary and how to read them will empower you to find effective, pure, CBD products. In this blog, we will guide you through this topic step by step, and by the end you will have enough information to make an informed decision about which CBD products to purchase based on the importance of lab testing.
Why Are These Lab Reports Necessary?
In 2018, the Farm Bill federally legalized industrial hemp with a few conditions, most notably that the CBD must contain less than .3% THC. Although hemp was legalized, the CBD industry operates in an area of unregulated uncertainty as the FDA conducts further testing and guidance.
This lack of regulation means there are no quality or CBD content controls on the CBD products that are being sold in the general consumer market. Untrustworthy brands are allowed to sell low-quality, misleading, and potentially even harmful CBD oil products to customers who do not know better.
Until the expected oversight and regulation is addressed, leading brands will continue to practice transparency via Certificate of Analysis and third party lab testing. The result is testing designed to verify CBD product content, purity, and potency. Furthermore, Lab reports empower the consumer, to verify exactly what is in each and every CBD product you purchase.
It is essential for you, the consumer, when shopping for CBD products to use vetting tools – and lab reports are arguably the best tool available. Verifying the contents of a CBD product from these lab reports can be the difference between discovering a potent, pure product and being sold something without CBD at all – or perhaps even worse. To put it bluntly – if the CBD company is not transparent about a product via their CBD lab reports, don’t buy your CBD from them. Reputable CBD companies such as Palm Organix display their CBD lab reports proudly on their website, which you can find them here.
What Part of a CBD Product is Being Tested?
Most CBD products on the market are based from a Hemp sourced extract. The extract can either be a broad or full-spectrum oil, or in crystal form as a CBD isolate. The extract is where the beneficial properties of CBD comes from, and is where all lab reports focus much of their testing on. Hemp extracts are sometimes sold as standalone products, and in some instances, sold with additional ingredients to create specific forms of a product. For example, Palm Organix™ combines melatonin and CBD that are a perfect blend for a healthy night’s sleep.
When this CBD extract is created, there is a possibility that it can contain contaminants. This is due to poor growing practices and/or sub-par extraction. Additionally, the quality and portion of the hemp plant used in the extract creation determines the resulting cannabinoid and terpene content of the extract – the therapeutic compounds that make CBD products so sought after.
Lab reports are performed to verify that an end CBD product contains the desired cannabinoid and terpene content. Just as important, the CBD lab testing also verifies the product is free of harmful contaminants such as heavy metals, mold, pesticides and more.
We hope it comes as no surprise to you that at Palm Organix™ we practice what we preach. This is why we provide CBD lab reports and certificates of quality assurance for each and every batch of CBD products we sell. You can find Palm Organix™ CBD lab reports all listed here, as well as on each individual CBD product page over in our store.
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