Reading Lab Results: Know Your CBD!

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How to Read Lab Reports

First, you’ll see the Certificate of Quality Assurance. This document tells you exactly what is and isn’t in the product. The Certificate of Quality Assurance includes product information such as the lot number, the manufacturing date, and active and inactive ingredients. Below that, you’ll see an analysis of the bulk oil and its CBD content, terpenes and physical attributes of the hemp oil. Next, you’ll see the third-party reports. These reports reference the end product — the product you use at home. Here are a few things to understand in those reports: Cannabinoid Content: This is a look at the isomers of CBD and THC. Some labs report non-detectable or ND for THC content. Other labs use Limit of Quantitation (LOQ). This means that the product being tested does not contain enough of that particular ingredient to be detected on highly sensitive laboratory equipment, therefore it is not able to be measured quantatively. It’s indicated as ND or <LOQ, meaning the product is THC-free.  Pesticides: Similar to THC measurement, you’ll see a reporting of ND or <LOQ if no pesticides are present. This pesticide testing covers 59 different pesticides. Microbiology: This covers microbial contamination, particularly yeast, mold, salmonella and E. coli. This testing looks at current contamination and the ability for those microbes to grow in the future. These tests abide by USP regulations for limits on microbials. Heavy metals: This includes arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, which are all heavy metals that can be found in soil and be present on manufacturing equipment. This testing adheres to California’s rules, which are the strictest in the country.

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