When buying CBD products, it's essential to read the third-party lab reports to truly know what you're consuming. These reports will let you know the purity of your product and its terpene and cannabinoid profile, as well as whether any harmful toxins are present or not.
Because they offer such vital product information, it's in your best interest to purchase CBD oil only from brands that make such reports easily available, and better to steer clear of those that don't. Reputable companies will make these results readily available, whether posted on their website or on request.
Since the information listed on third-party lab reports is so important, it's good to have a basic knowledge of what you're reading. The results can be confusing to make sense of, even if you're an experienced CBD user. But we'll take you through the various sections typically seen in third-party lab reports so you can make more informed decisions when purchasing CBD products.
Cannabinoid Profile & Potency Testing
Cannabis is made up of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. In the Cannabinoid & Potency section of the report, you'll find out which cannabinoids were found in your product and at what weight and concentration levels. It'll be broken down by the various levels of different cannabinoids detected, such as CBD, THC, CBC, CBN and CBG. This is a very important part of the report, as it will show you the exact amount of CBD present in the product. And it's a great reference if you're looking for products with certain levels of specific cannabinoids.
Heavy Metal, Mycotoxin & Pesticide Testing
It's always good to know whether or not a product you'll be consuming contains dangerous amounts of certain metals, pesticides, or other harmful substances that may cause adverse side effects. This part of the report will tell you the various levels of each substance detected. It will usually offer a "PASS" or "FAIL" rating for each, based on accepted limits. There may also be a "notes" section that will show whether the product's free from mold, mildew and other foreign matter.
Residual Solvents Testing
This section will show you how much of any residual solvents were detected in the product, including butane, propane, pentane and other potentially harmful solvents.
The aromatic and flavor diversity found in cannabis comes in large part from its terpenes. These are naturally-occurring oils that, like cannabinoids, bind to certain receptors in the brain and cause different effects. CBD products have a wide range of terpene profiles, so this section of the report is important to find out which terpenes were found and at what levels.