You might be seeing CBD everywhere these days, but that doesn't mean the industry standards have caught up with its surge in popularity. In today's climate of often unregulated supplements and bad quality CBD, it's important to be careful to make sure you're purchasing top-quality goods.
On your journey to becoming a CBD enthusiast, you've likely noticed that a lot of top CBD brands are starting to provide third-party lab reports on the goods they sell. However, even with the brand holding themselves accountable, it's still your job to look through all of the long and often cumbersome information provided to you. So, we're here to help!
We want to make it as easy for you as possible to feel in-the-loop about the goods you're purchasing. In this helpful article we'll break down why third party lab results are important, what to look for in CBD lab results, how we perform our third-party lab testing process, and how to read lab results.
Why Third-Party Lab Testing Matters
To put it frankly, think of third-party lab-testing as the biggest thing separating you from a good quality and a bad quality product. Third-party lab testing is the process of a company sending their products out to a private laboratory to verify the CBD content and purity (i.e. no chemicals or harmful bacterias). Unfortunately, the market has started to fill with CBD that doesn't measure up to what is advertised. However, thanks to third-party lab testing becoming an industry-standard for quality CBD and reputable brands, it's a lot easier to know who you can trust.
The MUSTS of a CBD Lab Report
Here's what to look for in a thorough CBD lab report:
- How much CBD is in the product. Though the label on your CBD product says there is a certain amount of MG's of CBD in your product, there might not be as much as advertised. A third-party lab test is the perfect place to verify the actual CBD content.
- How much THC is in the product. The hemp plant naturally contains a small amount of THC, but nowhere near enough to create a "high" feeling. It's important to verify on the lab results that the THC amount is at or below 0.3%, the legal limit of THC in hemp products.
- Details on the cannabinoid profile. A cannabinoid profile gives you more details on what's in the product to confirm the type of extract you're purchasing. So, if you're purchasing a product that is full-spectrum, you can expect to see a cannabinoid profile that shows more than just CBD, including: CBDa, CBG, THC and more. Whereas if you're purchasing an Isolate product, CBD should be the only cannabinoid within this profile.
Neurogan's Third-Party Lab Testing Process
At Neurogan, we've always taken pride in our stringent third-party lab testing practices. Neurogan founder, Jan Brandrup, has an especially keen interest in not only raising the standards within the CBD industry, but also helping to educate people on how to find products they can trust.
Jan's interest began when he was first introduced to hemp by his grandmother, Karen, who would make her own cup of hemp tea daily. It's still his mission today to provide hemp goods that evoke the simplicity of the plant, which he stays true to by using full-spectrum hemp slow-grown in the sun by our family in Denmark and imbued with the spirit of the “Happiest Country on Earth”.
Before they reach your shelves, all of our products are sent to Infinite Laboratories, the third-party lab we partner with. The results of these tests are posted in the, "lab results" section of every Neurogan product on our site for your convenience.
How to Read Neurogan's Lab Results
Lab results are underneath each Neurogan product in the tab titled, "Lab Reports". Identify the batch number on your Neurogan CBD product, and match it to the lab results listed under the product.
The first section is an overview. In this example, we're showing the overview results from our Neurogan Elevated Full-Spectrum CBD Oil (1000MG). Starting from left to right:
- Δ-9-THC shows the THC content present in the entire bottle. This amount will always be at or below 0.3% to meet legal standards. Not all extracts will contain THC, but full-spectrum extracts are always sure to have at least a small amount. This is an important number to pay attention to if you're required to participate in regular drug tests or have a THC sensitivity.
- CBD shows the amount of MG's of CBD in the bottle. This product is advertised as a 1000MG CBD tincture, and contains a total of 1,049.15MG of CBD. There is an “allowable” variance of about 10-20%, which is why the CBD content could be higher or lower than the bottle states.
- Total Cannabinoids As aforementioned, full-spectrum CBD contains more cannabinoids than just CBD; such as CBDa, CBG, CBN, and more. When buying a full-spectrum tincture, the presence of other cannabinoids ensure that the tincture is actually full-spectrum. However, if you're buying a strictly Isolate CBD tincture, this section should show a "0".
- NT In this lab report, total terpenes was Not Tested (NT).
The Cannabinoid profile gives you a more in-depth look at the different cannabinoids within the product. As you're purchasing the product for the benefits of CBD, your eyes should head to the profile for the cannabinoid, CBD. You'll recognize that the MG for the unit is the same as the number summed up in the overview section. Again, noticing that other cannabinoids registered within the testing is important to confirm that you're truly getting a full-spectrum extract.
If you have a product that was tested for terpenes, the terpene profile section will break down the terpenes content in further detail. Terpenes are the compounds within plants that give the plant aroma and often carry other beneficial attributes. For example, Limonene, the terpene most present in our tincture, is also found in: peppermint, grapefruit, rosemary, and juniper.
It's empowering to know EXACTLY what's in the products you're purchasing and third-party lab testing helps you better trust what you buy. Though there may be businesses looking to take advantage of the burgeoning CBD market, there are still incredibly potent and effective products out there and laboratory testing can help you be sure of it.
Please reach out to us if you have any further questions regarding CBD Lab Reports and we'll be happy to speak with you.