In a recent study, carried out in the US, of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). And some of the products contained other components of cannabis that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabibolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis that does generate an intoxicating high. The study authors, suggest that extract sellers need better quality control and regulatory oversight to ensure that consumers are getting the correct, unadulterated dose they think they’re getting.
“People are using this as medicine for many conditions (anxiety, inflammation, pain, epilepsy)”
First author Marcel Bonn-Miller, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, emphasised in a statement.
“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.”
In all, the researchers suggest that:
“These findings highlight the need for manufacturing and testing standards, and oversight of medicinal 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 paramount 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 potency. Before you buy CBD product you should be aware of these data. These tests are:
- Potency testing
- Pesticide testing
- Microbiological testing
- Terpene profiling
- Residual solvents testing
CBD lab testing procedure
Potency testing is done for determining 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 for determining the concentrations of all these compounds and therefore the potency of the CBD product.
Pesticide testing: this analysis is important for ensuring the safety of hemp and cannabis compounds, as the plants can be treated with herbicides and fungicides and too high 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 health 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. Too high concentrations of solvents like ethanol, propane, carbon dioxide or acetone can lead to unpleasant health effects and can turn the products into highly flammable ones. If solvents are present it can cause unpleasant side effects like headaches and nausea.
Terpene testing: Performed to identify those compounds that give the color and distinctive flavors to the cannabis plants. Terpenes are pungent oils that provide flavors like mint, berry, citrus or pine. Terpenes are also believed to have beneficial health effects. As you can see, a lab test for a CBD product 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 the report 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.
- 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 label on the product you purchased (final product)?
- Does the report look like it has been edited?
A good lab report will have the breakdown of the amounts of all the cannabinoids. An even better one will have the terpene breakdown. A fantastic one has the purity as well, including heavy metals and pesticide analysis. When you have the contact information on the report, you can call the lab company yourself, give them the client number and verify all the information on the report is correct.
So be a detective and look at the labs, it’s your safety and money at stake. If they are not on a company’s website, request them.
If you have any questions about the products sold by Bionativa(cannabigold, cibdol, biobloom), or the lab analyses for these products, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Disclaimer **Please note Bionativa CBD products are food supplements that support the maintenance of optimal health. We make no medical claims and cannot give medical advice.