Companies that make CBD products are on a rapid rise, and the market for CBD is becoming larger with each day that passes. Everywhere you turn, there is a CBD product waiting to be bought, and this is gradually becoming an issue for most prospective buyers. Buyers are faced with numerous CBD wellness and health products. This is both a good thing and a bad one because CBD is largely unregulated. Thus, the chances of buyers purchasing an ineffective product are relatively high.
Currently, the FDA has little safety guidelines regulating the creation and distribution of these products. This invariably means there are little to no standards in place for prospective buyers to use in determining what product qualifies as a CBD product.
In fact, the results of different studies have shown that several so-called CBD products do not actually contain CBD. Thus, it becomes increasingly important to take recourse to other means to determine the CBD content of a product. This is exactly why it is important that you buy only products that have gone through third-party testing.
3rd party lab test is currently the best way to determine the amount of CBD in any product. You also need to buy only products that have been tested in a 3rd party lab because it assures you that it wouldn’t have adverse effects.
Why Is 3rd Party Lab Test So Important?
It is highly advisable that you check if a 3rd party laboratory has carried out tests on a so-called CBD product before you purchase it. The best way to know if that has been done is to check the website of the manufacturing company. The lab reports indicating the results of the test should be available on a CBD product website for prospective buyers to analyze at will.
If you are unable to find the lab reports, that has different implications. Firstly, it could mean that it was an oversight on the part of the website. However, just like it is for every other prospective buyer, this is only an assumption and you don’t know for sure if it was an oversight or if it was intentional. It is easy to still proceed to purchase the product if you have used another product from the company that was lab tested. However, it may turn out to be a risk which isn’t worth it.
Also,there are some companies that only give lab reports to those who have submitted a request for it or those who have bought their products. Buying a product before getting the lab results defeats the purpose of obtaining the lab results in the first place. However, if you think the company is reasonably reputable, you can buy and then request for lab results before you begin to use the product. Do not use a product until you see the 3rd party lab test.
Also, if a product does not have a lab report, it could mean that the test either showed that the product doesn’t contain the actual amount of CBD indicated, or it contains harmful contaminants. Whatever the case may be, the product isn’t one you want to buy and the company knows that. It explains why they didn’t put the lab results online. While some people would still buy the product, we advise that you do not buy a product that has no easily accessible lab report (Certificate of Analysis).
In addition, while there are no set standards or guidelines by the FDA, CBD companies selling their products in the United States are expected to meet certain regulations. This explains why more and more companies selling within the United States have to carry out 3rd party lab tests and make the lab results available. As already indicated, lab testing is the best way for consumers to know the content of the product they are about to buy. It is also a way for companies to show that the product they have put on the market is all what it claims to be.
Thus, while analyzing the product, the laboratory determines if it contains harmful contaminants like mold, bacteria or heavy metals. You can easily determine what was discovered during the test by looking at the end of such report. You certainly do not want to use a product that contains any of these harmful contaminants.
There are times when a sample contains contaminants, but those contaminants don’t necessarily make the product unsafe to use. The contaminants are present in such an amount that still makes the product safe. In this case, a “Pass” usually appears under the “Status” column. When you see this in the lab result, that product is an ideal one and you can purchase it.
However, in any instance where you see an indication of “Fail” in the Status column, that means the sample has an amount of contaminants higher than the safe limit. That is yet another red flag and you should not think about buying the product.
Thus, an analysis of the lab result is the only way you can determine the CBD content as well as THC levels of a CBD product. Thus, lab testing is the most effective way to know:
- How much CBD the product actually contains
- What CBD oil dosage you should use
- Whether the CBD contains any detrimental contaminant
- Whether the product is likely to have any damaging side effects
Importance of Standard Laboratory
It is important to add that you have to be on the lookout for the laboratory that actually conducted the test. There are so many low-standard laboratories that do not adhere to procedures that ensures accuracy of reports. In essence, whatever result they produce may be tainted with fabrications of different kind.
As a guide, the best way to know a good laboratory is to ensure that it is one accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Such accreditation implies that the laboratory has met some standards and its operations are in line with standard guidelines. You can easily tell the laboratory that made the report just by looking at the Certificate of Analysis of the product. Once you do this, all that is left is to look up the laboratory and be sure that it is an accredited one. If it is not, this may be another red flag and you can’t be too certain about the accuracy of any report proceeding from such laboratory.