CBDGamma Lab Testing
Towards our goal to bring you the best and the safest CBD products, we collected the lab testing of the CBD products we deal with. You can compare the different products, determine what’s in them, and make an informed decision. Our goal is to make sure that our customers are 100% sure of the safety and quality of the products they get from us.
CBD Lab Reports: Why they are Crucial and how you go about Reading them
If you have been in the CBD industry long enough, you probably have noticed that CBD products come with the lab reports. Well, at least for the top brands. The certificate of analysis (COA), as it is also known, provides critical information as to the components inside the hemp extract. What really makes it unique, and is it safe for consumption – these are the type of questions that a lab report answers.
As a CBD consumer, it is essential to know what you are putting into your body. In other words, you should be able to read the lab reports/ understand the COA meaning. In this article, we outline the general concepts and the outlines of standard screenings to help you with figuring out the best lab tested CBD oil for you.
Why do you need a Lab Report?
Epidiolex became the first CBD-based product to receive the green light from the FDA. That was in June 2018. Nevertheless, the rest of the CBD industry continues unregulated. Currently, there is no content or quality control on CBD products on the market.
On top of that, the runaway growth of the CBD industry sees numerous CBD products becoming available almost daily. Over the last few years, new brands have been flooding the market, and that does not make it easier to choose.
The ballooning popularity of CBD has brought unscrupulous CBD dealers into the fold, whose only aim is to make a quick Buck and exit. Without any standards and regulations, the quality of some of the products is below board and that can put your health at risk. Dangerous synthetics in unlabeled containers are quite popular and you should be very careful when shopping.
Despite the seeming groom in the quality of CBD products, the leading industry brands are ushering in an era in transparency by providing lab reports or hemp COA. Top companies have nothing to hide and are providing everything in a CBD certificate from production processes to full Company information. Their products have lab reports with the most comprehensive state-level testing requirements.
The 3rd party laboratory test is empowering to the consumers. Typically, you can tell what is in the CBD products you are consuming. This is very important, especially in the current unregulated CBD market. We will still insist that you only buy from CBD brands that provide lab reports for their products.
As a customer or a prospective of CBDgamma, you will get the necessary lab reports. You will get the reports listed here or on every product page to help you get the best CBD products.
CBD Product Composition
Before we start looking at lab reports, it wouldn’t hurt to understand the composition of CBD products. It will help get a better understanding.
The base ingredient of most of the CBD products on the market is CBD isolate or hemp extract. They may be as a standalone product or mixed with other ingredients for variety. It is essential to understand the dissimilarity between CBD isolate and hemp extract. And here it goes.
• CBD hemp extract is oily and thick, containing most of the naturally occurring compounds such as amino acids, terpenes, fatty acids, vitamins, carbohydrates, and other compounds.
• CBD isolate undergoes further processing to remove most of the other compounds to leave only CBD. It is usually 95% pure and crystalline.
Mostly, the extraction method and the source of the hemp will determine the ingredients in the CBD hemp extract or CBD isolate.
The lab report helps you determine the quality of the cannabis product and whether it has any contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides. In particular cases, lab reports will contain such information as carrier oils.
How you Read the Lab Reports for CBD Screenings
By now, it is clear to you why CBD lab reports are necessary. So, how do you read them?
Several types of screenings can be done on a particular sample of hemp extract or CBD isolate. The main goal of the CBD labs screen is to determine the purity and potency of a specific CBD batch. In the following few paragraphs, we dive into some of the reports you will come across.
You will come across the abbreviation ND, and it is short for ‘none detected’ – something to note when it comes to learning how to read a certificate of analysis.
Cannabinoids or the cannabis-derived compounds are the main elements responsible for the therapeutic benefits you identify. The molecules include CBD, THC, CBG, and others in raw acid form.
The cannabinoid profile is the most common in cbdlab screenings, and you’ll find it listed in the majority of lab reports. The following report is an example of a cannabinoid profile that lists the compounds in the CBD products. From the following, you can determine:
• The product spectrum by observing the measured cannabinoids
• The potency of the CBD product by looking at the concentration of the compounds
• Determine whether the CBD product contains non-decarboxylated raw material By observing the concentration of the acid ratios and non-acid cannabinoid forms.
The following is an example of a report broken down by spectrum.
A full-spectrum CBD product contains a wide range of compounds including THC.
A broad-spectrum product will have various cannabinoids except for Delta-9 THC
CBD isolate only contains one compound; CBD, and mostly, nothing else.
The Isolate Looking Report of Full or Broad Spectrum Products
Cases of a CBD product claiming to be full or broad spectrum but with cannabinoid profile similar to that of CBD isolate are not uncommon. The main intention for this can be the use of low budget HPLC testing or testing the lower concentration end product.
In such a case, there are a few things that you may need to confirm to determine whether the CBD product is broad-spectrum or full spectrum.
a) A wide variety of terpenes. CBD isolate will not have many terpenes. The ingredients will indicate oil-based extract or a phytocannabinoid-rich extract.
b) CBD isolate does not have the ingredient list and is usually crystalline
Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum and terpsolate will normally have aromatic oils, typical of cannabis plants. The compounds interact with other cannabinoids to create a synergy that is most beneficial to your body. The working together of the compound is what we call the Entourage effect.
When processing for CBD isolate, the aromatic oils are usually removed together with other compounds. But in some cases, the terpenes are added back to have what we call terpsolate.
CBD oil lab screening for terpenes will indicate the concentration or presence of terpenes in parts per million (PPM).
Screening for Heavy Metals
The testing for heavy metal confirms that there are no heavy metals in the CBD product. Some of the heavy metals that you should look for in CBD lab analysis. Results include: cadmium, mercury, arsenic and lead against the allowable levels.
The following is an example of a microbiology report that confirms that the product has no microbes such as salmonella, E Coli, and fungi among others.
The lab coa confirms that the product does not contain any fungi-produced toxins or mycotoxins.
The following screen report indicates that the sample does not contain any pesticides. the hemp is likely from organic pesticide-free farms
Solvent Residue Screening
The majority of the industrial hemp extract processes require the use of solvents. The following is an example of a Certificate of Analysis to indicate whether solvents are remaining in the Hemp product.
We hope that the above information is clear, and you know how to read lab results and determine whether a particular CBD product is beneficial or safe for consumption. Now enjoy your favorite CBD product with peace of mind, knowing that it does not have harmful compounds.