If you’re new to purchasing CBD oil, the number of products available on the market can be overwhelming, but regardless of which brand you choose, you want to be sure you’re getting what you paid for.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. KGW8, a news outlet in Oregon recently sent 15 products for lab testing and reported surprising results. Some products only contained 20 percent of the amount of CBD which they advertised on their labels. Others had no CBD at all.
Misleading labels, such as reporting the amount of CBD in nanograms instead of milligrams, is also be common. A “High Potency” product can claim to have 5,000,000 nanograms of CBD, but that translates to just 5mg.
A 2017 University of Pennsylvania study backed up these finding with researchers reporting that nearly 70 percent of CBD products sold online had inaccurate labels.
How do you know what’s in your bottle? Any reputable CBD oil company should have third-party lab testing results available on their website. If they don’t, or the company is unable or unwilling to share them with you directly, we strongly recommend not buying products from them.
A reputable CBD brand with high quality products should test all their products for potency, heavy metals and pesticides to ensure their products are safe, natural and consistent. Another factor which we use to rate a company is whether or not they have their test results available on their website. If you're still curious check out our list of the Top Rated CBD Brands to see which companies offered third party lab results on their site.
What To Look For
Looking at science-heavy terms and numbers can be intimidating. Instead of scrolling through a long document and trying to analyze lab results, instead focus on identifying these key factors.
Testing Location: Would you buy a car without having a third-party mechanic look at it first? The same concept applies to CBD products. If a product is tested in-house, you are taking their word at face value. Seeing results from a third-party lab means they have nothing to hide.
Amount of THC and CBD: Federal regulations require hemp-derived CBD products to contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. It’s not considered a hemp product if it contains more. This means it may not be legal in your state or may be subject to different regulations.
You also want to ensure your product contains the amount of CBD advertised. A third-party lab result will confirm this.
Missing Cannabinoids: All full-spectrum or broad-spectrum products contain several cannabinoids in addition to CBD. These include CBDa, CBG and CBC. A third-party lab test shows the amount of these other cannabinoids in your product.
Do you still have questions about what to look for? Ask in the comments section of this post!