You might be seeing CBD everywhere these days, but that doesn't mean the industry standards have caught up with its surge in popularity. In today's climate of often unregulated supplements and bad quality CBD, it's important to be careful to make sure you're purchasing top-quality goods.
On your journey to becoming a CBD enthusiast, you've likely noticed that a lot of top CBD brands are starting to provide Certificates of Analysis (COA), also known as, third-party lab reports on the goods they sell. However, even with the brand holding themselves accountable, it's still your job to look through all of the long and often cumbersome information provided to you.
We're here to help. In this helpful article we'll break down why third party lab results are important, what to look for in CBD lab results, how we perform our third-party lab testing process, and how to read lab results. Read our helpful article or watch our video below to learn more.
Why Third-Party Lab Testing Matters
To put it frankly, think of third-party lab-testing as the biggest thing separating you from a good quality and a bad quality product. Third-party lab testing is the process of a company sending their products out to a private laboratory to verify the CBD content and purity (i.e. no chemicals or harmful bacterias). Unfortunately, the market has started to fill with CBD that doesn't measure up to what is advertised. However, thanks to third-party lab testing becoming an industry-standard for quality CBD and reputable brands, it's a lot easier to know who you can trust.
The MUSTS of a CBD Lab Reports
Here's what to look for in a thorough CBD lab report:
- How much CBD is in the product. Though the label on your CBD product says there is a certain amount of MG's of CBD in your product, there might not be as much as advertised. A third-party lab test is the perfect place to verify the actual CBD content.
- How much THC is in the product. The hemp plant naturally contains a small amount of THC, but nowhere near enough to create a "high" feeling. It's important to verify on the lab results that the THC amount is at or below 0.3%, the legal limit of THC in hemp products.
- Details on the cannabinoid profile. A cannabinoid profile gives you more details on what's in the product to confirm the type of extract you're purchasing. So, if you're purchasing a product that is full-spectrum, you can expect to see a cannabinoid profile that shows more than just CBD, including: CBDa, CBG, THC and more. Whereas if you're purchasing an Isolate product, CBD should be the only cannabinoid within this profile.
Neurogan's Third-Party Lab Testing Process
At Neurogan, we've always taken pride in our stringent third-party lab testing practices. Neurogan co-founder, Jan Brandrup, has an especially keen interest in not only raising the standards within the CBD industry, but also helping to educate people on how to find products they can trust.
Jan's interest began when he was first introduced to hemp by his grandmother, Karen, who would make her own cup of hemp tea daily. It's still his mission today to provide hemp goods that evoke the simplicity of the plant, which Neurogan stays true to by using full-spectrum and broad spectrum THC free CBD hemp slow-grown in the sun.
Before they reach your shelves, all of our products are sent to Infinite Laboratories, the third-party lab we partner with. The results of these tests are posted in the, "lab results" section of every Neurogan product on our site for your convenience.
How to Read Neurogan's Lab Results
Lab results are available next to each Neurogan product in the tab titled, " Lab Reports". Identify the batch number on your Neurogan CBD product, and match it to the lab results listed under the product. For an additional quick and easy way to access lab results, simply scan the QR code on every product with your phone's camera to see the product's corresponding results.
The first section is an overview. In this example, we're showing the overview results from our THC Free Broad Spectrum Gummy Squares 2700MG . Starting from left to right:
- Δ-9-THC shows the THC content present in the entire bottle. This amount will always be at or below 0.3% to meet legal standards. Not all extracts will contain THC, but full-spectrum extracts are always sure to have at least a small amount. This is an important number to pay attention to if you're required to participate in regular drug tests or have a THC sensitivity.
- CBD shows the amount of MG's of CBD in the unit, which in this case, is a single gummy square. This product is advertised as a 90MG Gummy Square and contains a total of 90.95MG of CBD. There is an “allowable” variance of about 10-20%, which is why the CBD content could be higher or lower than the bottle states.
- Total Cannabinoids As aforementioned, full-spectrum CBD and THC Free Broad Spectrum CBD contain more cannabinoids than just CBD; such as CBDa, CBG, CBN, and more. When buying a full spectrum or THC broad spectrum tincture, the presence of other cannabinoids ensure that the tincture is actually full or broad spectrum. However, if you're buying a strictly Isolate CBD tincture, this section should show a "0".
- NT In this lab report, total terpenes was Not Tested (NT).
The Cannabinoid profile gives you a more in-depth look at the different cannabinoids within the product. As you're purchasing the product for the benefits of CBD, your eyes should head to the profile for the cannabinoid, CBD. You'll recognize that the MG for the unit is the same as the number summed up in the overview section. Again, noticing that other cannabinoids registered within the testing is important to confirm that you're truly getting a full or broad spectrum extract.
It's empowering to know EXACTLY what's in the products you're purchasing and third-party lab testing helps you better trust what you buy. Though there may be businesses looking to take advantage of the burgeoning CBD market, there are still incredibly potent and effective products out there and laboratory testing can help you be sure of it.
Please reach out to us if you have any further questions regarding CBD Lab Reports and we'll be happy to speak with you.
What is a CBD lab report?
A CBD lab report, also known as a certificate of analysis, is a professional document that provides detailed information about the quality and composition of a CBD product. It includes test results for parameters such as cannabinoid and terpene profiles, potency, pesticides, heavy metals, microbiological contaminants, and residual solvents. These reports are essential for verifying product authenticity, ensuring consumer safety, and can usually be found on the company's website or via a QR code on the product packaging.
How to read Certificate of Analysis?
To read a Certificate of Analysis (COA) or CBD lab report, start by reviewing the top section, which includes the product name, company name, batch number, and testing date to ensure consistency with the product being evaluated. Next, examine the cannabinoid content section to determine if it meets your desired levels, identifying any excessive, deficient, or missing cannabinoids. Understanding these key details helps assess the product's quality and suitability for purchase.
How do I get COA for my product?
To obtain COA for your products, reach out to the manufacturer or supplier. Their quality assurance or quality control personnel will provide you with the necessary information or direct you to their website where you can access the COA. Some products may include a QR code on the packaging that can be scanned to retrieve the COA electronically.
Why Certificate of Analysis is important?
COA is vital as it provides customers with the assurance that the product they are receiving meets their specific requirements. It offers detailed information about a product's composition, potency, and quality, enabling customers to make informed decisions. The COA also instills trust in the brand or manufacturer, demonstrating their commitment to transparency and consumer satisfaction.