So you want to try CBD. You’re searching the internet, doing research on different products but you’re still lost. With so many companies claiming to be the best, how do you know who to trust? One of the most reliable ways to verify the quality of a product is by reviewing the lab results.
Many companies claim that their products are “lab tested”, but when you are shopping around on their website, there are no lab results to be found anywhere. This should raise serious red flags in your mind! Lab results are the #1 way for a company to confirm the quality of their product(s). The CBD industry is currently unregulated in the United States, meaning companies don’t have any sort of regulatory body to answer to. In the past year, there have been studies released that suggest up to 70% of CBD products available for sale in the United States are mislabeled. This is a serious problem for a couple of different reasons.
The first detail you want to confirm when reviewing a product's lab results is the cannabinoid content. This is where most of the mislabeling occurs. When you buy CBD, you are buying a certain concentration per bottle. The higher the concentration, the more the product will cost. Say for example you buy a product labeled 750mg, but the lab results only show 500mg. In this situation, you'd be buying a 500mg product at a 750mg price, and unfortunately, spending more than the product is worth. You would also be dosing incorrectly when you use your CBD, affecting the results you ultimately experience. This is a serious problem that happens way too often and is a key reason why you should always review the lab results for any product that you buy.
Reviewing a product’s cannabinoid test results is also important because it tells you what other compounds may be present in your product. If you are using a full spectrum product, there should be cannabinoids other than CBD detected. Full spectrum products tend to cost a little more than isolate products because of their greater effectiveness. That means if you buy a full spectrum product and the lab results show CBD as the only detected cannabinoid, the product is mislabeled and you are not receiving the full benefits of the product. Reviewing the cannabinoid results is also a way for you to confirm that THC levels fall within legal limits. (Remember, full spectrum products may legally contain up to 0.3% THC, but anything over that amount may be considered illegal unless you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal or you possess a medical card).
When reviewing a product’s lab results, you also want to verify the results of the pesticide test. Reviewing the pesticide test and ensuring all tested pesticides show “not detected” is crucial when choosing your CBD product. It is estimated that nearly 70% of the hemp used to produce CBD products in the United States is imported from overseas, with a large majority of that hemp coming from China. It’s not uncommon for imported hemp to be grown in fields with other crops. Often, when hemp is grown with other crops, pesticides are used on those other crops, and the hemp becomes contaminated. Once the CBD is extracted from the contaminated plant and infused into the end product, trace amounts of pesticides can be found in that end product. That is why pesticide testing is so critical. It will tell you whether or not your product was made from contaminated hemp.
At Desert Edge Botanicals, quality and transparency are two of our company’s pillars. We only use organically grown, American hemp in our products, never farmed with pesticides. And we only produce in small batches, to ensure consistency and quality with each product. Every batch we produce is immediately sent for third party lab testing and those results are always easily accessible on our website. Health and wellness are very important to our family, which is why we have worked so tirelessly to develop the most natural products available. Feel the Desert Edge difference today!
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