August 30, 2018 11 min read
Why is it Important to Buy Lab Tested CBD oil?
A recent blind testing study carried out in the US found that only about 31% of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). Some of the products contained other components of cannabis that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis that makes the user high.
The study authors suggest that extract sellers need better quality control and regulation oversight to ensure that consumers are getting the correct, purified dose they think they’re getting.
“People are using this as medicine for many conditions (anxiety, inflammation, pain, epilepsy),” emphasises author Marcel Bonn-Miller, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. “The biggest implication [of the study] is that many of these patients may not be getting the proper dosage; they’re either not getting enough for it to be effective or they’re getting too much.”
The researchers suggest that “These findings highlight the need for manufacture and testing standards, and oversight of medical cannabis products.”
At Bionativa, we feel that it’s important to provide certified lab analyses of all of our products to our customers. Safety and transparency are most important to insure customers receive CBD products which they can trust.
But what are lab reports and what should you look for?
There are several analyses that need to be done in order to certify that a CBD product is free of toxins and able to provide the claimed effect. Before you buy any CBD products you should find out if the batch has had: potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbiological testing as well as terpene profiling done.
CBD lab tests
Potency testing determines the levels of cannabinoids in the product. As you probably know, hemp doesn’t contain only CBD; cannabidiol is only one of the numerous cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant, and a lab test is necessary to determine the concentrations of all of the compounds and therefore the potency of the CBD product.
Pesticide testing: this analysis is important to ensuring the safety of hemp and cannabis compounds, as the plants could have been treated with herbicides and fungicides.
Excessive concentrations of these substances can cause significant side effects and pose serious health risks.
Microbiological testing is done to ensure there’s no harmful bacteria or mold on the hemp or cannabis plants. Pathogens that are present on the plants can easily get inside the body and if the levels are too high, they can cause unwanted side effects.
Residual Solvents testing: A complete lab test should also include analyses of the residual solvents. Solvents are used when the plants are processed and turned into oils, powders or other products, but only for the solvent-based extraction processes. If concentrations of solvents like ethanol, propane, carbon dioxide or acetone are too high, the product causes a health hazard and can turn highly flammable.
Terpene testing: is performed to identify the compounds that give the cannabis the color and distinctive flavors. Terpenes are pungent oils that provide flavors like mint, berry, citrus or pine. They’re also believed to have multiple health benefits.
As you can see, a lab test for CBD products provides information on more than the content of THC or CBD. It’s useful to know these facts and to get informed before you buy CBD products.
Unfortunately some unscrupulous suppliers may attempt to forge or edit lab reports, so it’s important you carry out a few simple checks. You need to be able to verify if the companies report on the is genuine, and for the company and product stated. To do this you need to check the report has the following information:
*Name and contact information of the lab company (third party testing is best).
*Is the name of the client the same as the name on the product you purchased (final product)?
*Is the name of the product tested the same as on the label on the product you purchased (final product)?
*Does the report look like it has been edited?
A good lab report will have a breakdown of the amounts of all the cannabinoids. An even better one will have the terpene breakdown too, and a fantastic one will have the purity as well, including a heavy metals and pesticide analysis.
If there’s any contact information on the report, you can call the lab company yourself, give them the client number and verify if all the information on the report is correct. If lab results are not on a company’s website, request them for your safety’s sake.
Disclaimer: Please note that all products containing CBD which are available at Bionativa are food supplements. Their goal is to support the maintenance of your health and well-being. All the information provided at bionativa.co.uk is for informational purposes only and should not be treated as medicinal claims.