In our last article we went into some depth on the experiment Leafly. We found that of the 47 CBD products they tested, only 51% delivered CBD within 20% accuracy of what was advertised on the label. 24/47 products were considered somewhat good, many others contained no CBD or way more than advertised.
The importance of 3rd party testing is very evident and much needed. CBD is still currently an unregulated industry which results in unethical CBD practices where manufacturers inflate or lie about the CBD content in their products. Other companies even go as far as to sell products that are contaminated with harmful ingredients. Finding a quality CBD product does not have to be hard, what you should be looking for is a company that 3rd party tests all their products and provides the results to the testing so they can verify any claims made on the labels.
The purpose of a 3rd party test is to provide an unbiased analysis of the product, used to indicate quality, purity, and potency of the CBD. Since this is something that still is not mandatory many companies continue to lie about the potency of their product; some do it because they simply do not care about the industry, others do it to save some money. A strong indicator of a trustworthy company is one that tests their products and makes the test results readily accessible, otherwise what would they have to hide? The rule of thumb should be “If you cannot find third party testing for the product you would like to purchase then move onto the next.”
There are a few different things a lab can test for and each test needs to be run individually.
Cannabinoid profile: most common test used to test for the concentration of Cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC, and THC. This is used to verify the CBD listed on the label is accurate. CBD Isolate must contain no THC and Full-Spectrum CBD may allow a maximum of 0.3% THC.
Cloud 9 Cafe uses THC-Free CBD Isolate for the infusion of all our products - this is the 3rd Party Test we provide you to show accuracy
Terpene profile: Plant oils that are responsible for the characteristic smell of the plant. They also provide their own therapeutic benefits. These show up in full-spectrum extracts since they need to be removed for CBD isolate. It is a test that is still rarely done, but would show you the concentration of plant oils in your product.
Heavy metal: Hemp/Cannabis is a bioaccumulator meaning it has the ability to pull nutrients out of the soil and concentrate them in its leaves and stem. As soil becomes more contaminated there is a possibility that these harmful compounds are absorbed into the plant.
Organic solvents: This is becoming less popular as most CBD manufacturers are no longer using solvent to extract CBD from hemp. Extraction methods that use CO2 are on the rise since it does not call for the need of toxic solvents. These tests ensure the product is free from all the harmful compounds used to extract.
Biological contaminants: The product is tested for any mold, fungi, parasites, bacteria, and more. These contaminants can cause allergic reactions or other harm to the user if contaminated plants make it into the products.
Cloud 9 Cafe knows the CBD industry is unregulated and full of misbranded products that contain little to know CBD. That is why we are doing everything in our power to add credibility and legitimacy to CBD. We know it works and want to spread the benefits with others; so we purchase 3rd Party Tested CBD Isolate that is infused into our products and then tested again upon completion to ensure the amount of CBD we advertise on the label is accurate. All our products achieve a minimum of 95% accuracy, usually higher so you can rest assured that the product you are getting has exactly what we advertise it has. 99% Pure CBD Isolate that is THC free so you can integrate it easily into your day.
If you are still confused about the industry of CBD and 3rd Party Testing then please leave a comment so we can help! But if there is anything you take from this article it is to make sure whatever CBD product you buy has 3rd Party Testing to go with it to ensure you get what you pay for. It is important to make sure the CBD is accurate to what is advertised and that the product contains no more than 0.3% THC depending on what type of CBD product you are getting.