Conducted by a licensed testing lab, A Lab Report, otherwise known as Lab Certificate, is a report that indicates unbiased test results for transparency and quality of a CBD product. So here we will see how to read CBD lab reports.
Why is a Lab Certificate Important?
Despite the approval of Epidiolex, the first pharmaceutical product that contains CBD, by FDA in 2018, several cannabinoid producers continue to operate in an unregimented space. And perhaps because there’s no content control or policy on the consumer market, CBD continues to thrive rapidly in the UK. Simultaneously, there’s a huge increase in the producer market as well.
Unfortunately, unlabeled and poor quality CBD products have also crawled and become rampant in the market too. As a consumer, this implies you need extra measures to be sure of the brand and quality when shopping around.
Luckily, lab reports that contain an accurate composition of CBD products with full company information and production practices give consumers an assurance of the quality product. In other words, it empowers the consumer market by creating the opportunity to know the quality of every product they buy. Ultimately, this will help curb the number of growing fake brands even as the market continues as “unregulated.”
Knowing that hemp is a bio-accumulator, lab certificates also guarantee you that there’s no harmful substance in the CBD product you purchased.
However, here at Signature CBD, our lab reports cover all our products. You too can join thousands of our consumers who have peace of mind on the products they consume.
Understanding CBD Lab Certificates Composition and How to Read them
Now that you understand what lab certificates are and why we need them, let’s dive in and see how to read them!
Just as there are several possible screenings used to determine the purity and potency of a given sample, the results can be varying too. While some will be limited to information about the cannabinoids, others can have additional details, including a profile of the substances and a visual representation of the screening. Some can also include contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides.
Well, from a lab report, you can determine the following information:
What is a Cannabinoid Profile?
As you already know or may not know, the molecules present in cannabinoids that make them effective for therapeutic purposes are derived from cannabis. As expected, they include well-known compounds, including CBD (cannabidiol), THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and other molecules such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBC (cannabichromene). A cannabinoid profile shows the amount of each of these compounds found in the sample product.
From a lab report, you can determine the following information:
The spectrum of a product from the amount of CBD present in the sample.
If a product contains raw materials or contaminants by checking the rate of acid forms to non-acid cannabinoid forms. Then, you can always research if these compositions are unhealthy or not.
The potency of a CBD product by ensuring the trace of THC is not more than 1mg per container.
Also, observe that the corresponding amount of CBN should be less than 1mg per container.
A Terpene Profile?
Terpenes are aromatic lubricants present in the cannabis spectrum, alongside cannabinoids. They can be present in full-spectrum and broad-spectrum. They can also be present in terpsolate – a compound formed when terpenes are added to a CBD isolate molecule.
A CBD isolate is a crystalline substance from a CBD extract that contains about 99% of pure CBD molecule.
A lab report helps you determine the presence and also the concentration of terpenes in a given sample. A terpene screening result is measured in Parts Per Million (PPM).
1 PPM= 0.0001weight%
50 PPM= .005 weight%
100 PPM= 0.1weight%
Check for contaminants
This displays the composition of chemicals in the sample that have not listed as ingredients. They may include heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury; and microbes like yeast, E-coli, and molds. Contaminants may also little traces of mycotoxins, solvent residue, and pesticides.
When purchasing a CBD product, you want to ensure you’re getting nothing but the best. Unlike 5 years back, a lab report helps you filter the good products from the bad ones. And now, you can shop for high-quality products with confidence. We hope now you can read CBD Lab reports!