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Quality Assurance: To ensure that you are buying a quality product, each batch of CBD should be tested for:
CBD Levels: It is important that the consumer knows that the amount of CBD printed on the label is what is truly in the product. The acceptable variance is of up to ±10% of CBD listed on the label and what an independent lab test determines. So, if the label says that a dropperful of CBD oil contains 10mg, we accept that label as accurate if the lab assay finds between 9-11mg of CBD (10% of 10mg is 1 mg).
Pesticides: All products consumed should be pesticide free.
Heavy Metals: Heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb) can be present in hemp plants. All CBD products should be tested for these potentially dangerous metals.
Microbials: This is a general term and can include bacteria, mold, fungi and other organisms. It is important to know that the CBD is free of these contaminants.
Hemp Quality: Here at LeafReport, we also believe that you should know if your CBD product is sustainably grown, organically grown or organically certified, pesticide free and non-GMO.
Extract Type: Hemp contains over one hundred different cannabinoids. Companies which sell CBD have three main types of extracts. These vary depending on the presence of other cannabinoids, including THC.
Full spectrum CBD may contain up to 0.3% THC.
Full spectrum products contain the full range of plant substances including terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and a wide range of other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and others, but less than the 0.3% THC.
Broad spectrum CBD should contain little or no detectable THC.
Broad spectrum products contain much less than 0.3% THC and may also have lower amounts of other cannabinoids - this is because of the process removing the THC to an undetectable amount.
CBD isolate contains only one cannabinoid - CBD.
Additional ingredients: The cannabis plant contains over 100 different cannabinoids. While research is in its very early stages, evidence is growing that these cannabinoids may also have significant health benefits. The terpenes found in cannabis give it its distinctive aroma-- and have health benefits on their own! Full spectrum products are closer to the original plant and may offer additional health benefits.
CBD can be combined with a variety of supplements to support various health goals. For example, CBD can be combined with melatonin, the sleep hormone, to help sleep. Some companies add other herbs or other natural products to support the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD while others may add nutrients to support calm, energy or exercise recovery.
Price: Price is obviously an important criteria for you, so we let you know how much the CBD costs per mg and we also let you know if the company offers any discounts—and what these discounts are for. Some companies provide discounts for veterans, for those with a qualifying low income or those with a qualifying disability, but not all do.
In this section, we've compared the lab results published by the brand, with the values that appear on the product’s label. For each value, we’ve calculated the variance in order to understand if the values match. An acceptable result is up to 10%. Variance higher than 10% means that the value presented on the label does not match the lab's report. You can read more about 3rd party testing and how to read a 3rd party lab reportHere.
CBD Concentration per Bottle
Claimed: 300 mgLab Results: 321 mg
Variance: 7% difference from the value on the label and the value found in the lab report.
THC Concentration per Bottle
FDA Limit: 0.3 %Lab Results: 0.04 %
The level of THC in the product is smaller than 0.04% and therefore, acceptable.
Cannabinoid Profile Per Bottle
Cannabinoid Profile Per ml
Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, and are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans, and need to be used safely and disposed of properly.
Toxicants that are absorbed by cannabis plants during their growth from the nutrients and can trigger a range of health problems even in low concentrations. Most labs will test for, at a minimum, levels of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg) and lead (Pb).
Microbial Organisms & Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are toxins produced by fungal organisms — they are also evidence that at one point at least some plants in the batch were infected with fungal organisms.
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