As the CBD industry gets closer to the mainstream, reputable CBD brands have agreed on a few basic ways to help build consumer confidence. The most important of these is an independent certificate of analysis.
Certificates of analysis are produced by 3rd party labs and detail the exact contents of a brand’s CBD extraction. This means consumers can see whether the product labels accurately show the amount of CBD inside, and whether an extraction has retained a good mix of secondary cannabis compounds such as CBG, CBN, and terpenes, which help boost CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects.
These certificates are also great for checking oil purity. Most labs will test for common contaminants, such as traces of pesticides used by subpar hemp farms, and residual solvents that can be leftover when CBD is improperly extracted. CBD oils should contain zero levels of both.
A good CBD brand will submit its products for independent testing on a regular schedule (some every batch), and make the results easily accessible to the public. If a brand hides its lab results behind non-accessible batch numbers or requires consumers to request them by email, consider it a red flag.
Here’s more on how to read a CBD certificate of analysis.