A lot of people wonder whether testing CBD oil is important, or if it’s even necessary. Because most governments do not require the testing of any CBD supplements, some people just assume incorrectly that there is little or no benefit to seeing any testing done on a CBD product, therefore, they rely on what information is on the label or how the company promotes and sells that product. Unfortunately, as many of us already know, not all CBD is created equal and this is why it is so important to have true and accurate testing performed on every batch or lot number done by an independent third party for a number of reasons.
Hemp Is A Powerful Bio-accumulator
As any farmer who grows industrial hemp can attest to, the hemp plant is a powerful bio-accumulator. So what this means is that any chemical, fertilizer, or toxin in the soil in which it is planted, the plant will quickly absorb it. The hemp plant roots will pull it from the ground and store it in the plant’s cells. This does, however, make hemp perfect for phytoremediation, the process where pollution or chemicals can actually be cleaned up from the earth by planting hemp that draws it out of the ground, thereby cleaning the soil in the process.
The hemp plant literally “soaks up” contaminants from the earth. Unfortunately, this has a tendency to concentrate unwanted substances in the cannabinoids of the hemp plants, much like sushi from fish in polluted waters can have high levels of mercury. This is why it’s so important to use hemp that is grown on pure farmland in order to avoid getting higher concentrations of these chemicals in the CBD that is extracted. Full-scale testing procedures check for the presence of such contaminants, both at harvest and during the bottling process.
Labels Don’t Always Tell The Whole Story
A recent well-publicized study revealed that nearly 69% of CBD products were in fact mislabeled, and did not contain the amount of cannabidiol that their labels claimed they did. Even though the study only included a small number of random CBD sellers, the news still wasn’t positive. Understandably, the majority of these were lower CBD content than was reported on the label. Getting more CBD in most cases would be considered a good thing, but there is no known toxicity level for CBD, even when administered in large doses orally, so getting less than you paid for or was promised is obviously unfair to the person purchasing CBD.
This is why third-party labs are used to certify that every batch meets or exceeds the minimum CBD content, as opposed to misleading statements about the total content of just hemp oil, but not actual CBD oil. Some not so reputable companies will advertise the total amount of oil in their product as the actual amount of CBD when in reality CBD makes up only a small fraction of the total oil by volume.
It should be fairly obvious by now that third-party testing is crucial to knowing what’s in your CBD products. Reputable companies will go the extra mile and use the best independent testing labs in the business. Each lab takes multiple batch samples and codes them to their public test results, this is how you can be sure which bottles correspond with which test results. So, when you’re looking to buy CBD products always make sure the company you buy from offers readily available, third-party lab test results!
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