It's been an exciting year for the CBD industry, there's been an unprecedented amount of growth and awareness. As with any emerging industry, you have to be careful when starting your brand, especially when it comes to sourcing your raw materials. Hemp oil products can vary in quality and potency, dependent on producer. It is important that it is correctly analyzed to guarantee benefits as well as ensuring it is free from harmful toxins. As such, you should know what to check before purchasing any hemp oil products.
External labs test hemp oil in most cases, issuing a Certificate of Analysis.
This certificate independently measures levels of:
With so much variation between hemp oil products, it is vital to understand exactly what each means.
Pesticide testing: Pesticide can be used for optimum hemp growth, but while it benefits the hemp, it can be harmful if exposed to large doses. Pesticide testing ensures safe levels of pesticide have been used.
Potency testing: This measures the cannabinoid level, with hemp oil regularly including more than 100. Each of these brings different benefits and has a specific effect on the endocannabinoid system, whether it relaxes muscles, reduces anxiety or works to stop seizures. The hemp oil’s potency is based on the concentration of these cannabinoids, and these are important to understand when purchasing a hemp oil product.
Terpene testing: Terpenes determine the flavor and color of hemp oil, depending on which strain of the plant is used to make it. These can create flavors of berries, mint or even orange, as well as bringing additional health benefits.
Microbiological testing: These tests ensure there are no harmful bacteria or mould on the hemp, as these can cause health problems when ingested or absorbed into the body. By conducting microbiological tests, the presence of any harmful bacteria or spores can be quickly and easily identified, meaning it doesn’t make it into the hemp oil.
Residual solvents testing: Some producers of hemp oil still use solvents to infuse the hemp. These can include acetone, carbon dioxide, propane and many more harmful solvents. The use of these can cause serious health implications, with lab tests helping to avoid this, highlighting the use of any residual solvents.
These tests bring an enormous amount of information to users of hemp oil, safeguarding those who use the products by providing an insight into what each product contains. Certificates of Analysis are the ideal way to understand what is included within any full-spectrum hemp oil product.