We talk a lot about lab testing, third-party verification and consistency – and for very good reason.
It’s vital to understand that the CBD market is, currently, unregulated, which means there is a vast chasm of difference between the best, and the worst, products you can buy.
For Adio, that means potentially millions of people consuming cannabinoid products (or so they think!) without having any assurance as to what chemicals, good or bad, they are actually ingesting.
You can see why this is such a concern.
Our testing teams have carried out independent market tests on a broad number of brands, big and small, and the results are shocking!
And so, we’d like to introduce you to a CBD testing report for our 5% strength tinctures to demonstrate the information you should expect to have available from any UK CBD retailer.
Eight Things to Look for in your 5% CBD Oil Test Reports
The Adio team always publishes official testing reports for all of our products – because we believe it is vital to substantiate the quality of our CBD oil, and empower you, our customer, with information about precisely what ingredients you are getting.
Let’s run through the content of an independent laboratory test, and how that compares to the product, you are buying.
1. Verified Third-Party Tests
Firstly, although it may sound obvious, you need sight of test reports created from a third-party laboratory. The reason this is often not quite so transparent is that large brands and pharmaceutical companies are very likely to have in-house testing departments.
While the skill and resources of such testing labs aren’t to be questioned, there is an apparent disparity behind which batch results they might select for publishing, and how any non-compliant tests are addressed.
Third-party labs are the only way to truly prove your product quality, without any bias or pressure, and with the confidence that, if your lab report says your tincture contains 5% CBD, it definitely contains 5%!
2. Accurate CBD Concentrations
Next, the headline figure you’d likely look for on such a report is the CBD concentration. We have tested countless products that contain mere traces of CBD – and are marketed as something altogether different.
In some cases, hemp oil products are sold with the implication that they are a CBD oil, particularly on global marketplaces. Those products, were they to be tested, would show zero of the active compound they claim to deliver.
Adio 5% CBD Oil tests show just what we know they will – a CBD concentration of 5% (or 5.09% to be precise!).
Suppose you’re considering a CBD oil retailer, and they don’t provide this evidence. In that case, there is a high likelihood that you’re paying over the odds for a substandard or below concentrate product. It pays to do your homework and spend your cash wisely!
3. Checks for the Presence of THC
Whether you’re taking a CBD isolate or full-compound CBD, EU and UK regulations stipulate that plants grown under industrial license for the extraction of cannabinoids must contain no more than 0.2% THC.
THC is, of course, the psychoactive cannabis compound that causes a ‘stoned’ feeling; and is also illegal in higher concentrations.
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Why is it essential that CBD oil lab tests check for THC?
- If you’re buying from an overseas retailer, there is no assurance that any CBD products are compliant with UK legislation.
- Taking THC inadvertently could cause serious issues; particularly if you are driving or operating equipment, such as in a workplace.
- People taking THC above legal concentrations are likely to fail a drugs test.
In essence, if you trust a CBD brand to produce holistic health products that you are happy to take, you need to know what is in them – and what is not!
Our 5% strength CBD oil tests at 0.07% THC, so you can take it with absolute confidence that there is only the tiniest trace, and well below required thresholds.
1. Testing and Expiry Dates
The next thing to look for is dates – because any test is relevant to that particular batch, and one isolated test isn’t sufficient to cover every product ever produced.
Batches will change over time, and even with the exact same extraction techniques, bottling processes and the carrier, regular testing remains key to continued consistency.
In our case, our batch test 020920-1 has a 48-month expiry date. This gives plenty of time for products from that batch to be sold and used, while not giving any impression that one standalone test fulfils our commitment to guaranteed concentration consistency.
2. Other Cannabinoid Content
It’s unrealistic to expect any lab test report to account for every cannabinoid, given that there are 113 isolates currently identified!