We can’t stress enough how important it is to view complete CBD lab reports before buying products. The lab reports should be from a third-party lab – not the CBD retailer themselves. In-house testing allows retailers to hide the truth about unworthy products.
What to Look for on CBD Lab Reports
Below are a few key things to look for on CBD lab reports. We’ll explain what each section means as well. Please view the Living Matrix Hemp lab reports that we proudly and transparently display on our website. You’ll see that we have a separate lab report for each product we offer.
Within the cannabinoid profiles on CBD lab reports you’ll find what cannabinoids have been found above levels of quantification (LOQ). This will show you the concentration of CBD, THC, CBN, CBC, THCa and other cannabinoids that are present in a sample. It’s important to pay attention to the CBD and THC levels the most. For a CBD product to be legally shipped to you, it must contain 0.3% THC or less.
Level of Quantification
The level of quantification, sometimes also listed as limit of quantification, is represented as LOQ on a lab result. What you want to see, especially for solvents, pesticides and herbicides, is <LOQ. This means that either there was not any of that particular substance found in the sample or it was below the level of detection.
Labs set their tests to look for a specific amount of a substance based upon the state’s laws that the lab is located in. For example, if you see <LOQ next to THC, this means that it contains less THC than the lab can detect.
Action levels on CBD lab reports are levels at which the state must take action regarding the submitted. Any numbers that are above the levels of action cause a sample to fail the test. In some states, remediation may take place. Remediation may allow for additional filtration of liquid samples or additional curing time for flower.
Some states do not allow for any remediation whatsoever and require the entire batch to be destroyed. Labs are required to report samples that do not meet the standards set forth by their respective states.
Terpenes profiles are important to review if they are present. Some CBD companies only test their base CBD oil and not the finished product. You will notice that our lab reports include terpene profiles, which means they’ve also been tested after the formulas are complete.
Terpenes may sound like chemicals but they’re not.
Common terpenes in CBD formulas include:
- Alpha pinene
If you see these listed on CBD lab reports, that’s a good thing. They help the flavor and aroma of the CBD formula but also have accepted therapeutic benefits themselves. Terpenes are found in thousands of plants including trees, herbs, spices and flowers.
Lab Company Information
It’s very important to ensure that the lab’s company information is present on CBD lab reports. This should include the company’s name, address and phone number. The lab should also have at least one license number.
The CBD lab reports should also be dated as to when they received the sample and when they tested the sample. A date of certification should also accompany the approving official’s signature.
CBD lab reports are full of numbers and confusing data. We’ve included information that you should look for so that you can determine if a CBD product is clean, safe and high-quality. All CBD lab reports should also include a batch number and photo of the product or sample tested.