All essential food staples are always tested for proper health and safety standards. The hemp and CBD products you consume should be, too. 

Before anything gets dispatched to its expected retail destination, each item should be thoroughly tested and carefully inspected to ensure only the safest, purest products end up in consumers’ hands. 

In this article, we’re breaking down exactly why CBD lab testing is so important, as well as why Highgrade Labs is the go-to destination to get the job done!  

Reasons for Testing Hemp & CBD Products 

Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp-derived cannabinoids with less than 0.3% THC have boomed in the legal retail market. Within the first two years alone, CBD sales hit $4.6 billion.  

But even with this industry on an upward trajectory – CBD, in general, isn’t mandated and regulated to the same extent our dietary supplements or delicious snacks are. 

This leaves some brands looking questionable. As a result, CBD lab testing is a crucial part of the process for both the business operator and consumer. 

Hemp flower is primarily tested for a variety of safety reasons: 

  • signs of pesticides
  • bacteria
  • mold
  • other residuals

CBD lab testing is crucial because it ensures that the products consumers receive are accurately labeled and pure. Additionally, lab testing is important because it provides each consumer with accurate information on the other cannabinoids and compounds present within the product.  

There are many complex compounds, cannabinoids, and terpenes present in hemp cultivars. Therefore it is important to consider accurately inspecting your CBD products for their precise profile, potency, and cannabinoid content. 

Highgrade Labs: About Our Services

Below are (just some) of our popular lab testing services, and why these tests are important: 

Cannabinoid Content 

When we consider all of the scientific data that can potentially be gathered from the hemp plant, one thing that’s certain is all hemp flower contains a combination of different cannabinoids

Testing for cannabinoid content helps give the product proper and accurate dosages for patients and recreational users alike. Listing the precise cannabinoids and their content in your CBD products will help ensure accuracy in their labeling and formulation.

As one of Highgrade Labs’ more popular services, we are able to accurately quantify the potency content of 11 different cannabinoids in hemp and CBD products! 

Terpene Profile 

Along with cannabinoids, terpenes play a crucial role in hemp and CBD products. Therefore they must be properly tested to further verify the efficacy of the product. 

Terpenes are responsible for the flavors and aromas of the hemp plant, and can also make a substantial impact in the plant’s potential effects. 

By accurately identifying these terpenes during CBD lab testing, you can gain better insight about your product and how your customers can benefit therapeutically.  

Through the extensive analysis of over 30,000 samples, we at Highgrade Labs believe that specific terpene profiles of cannabis products are the real drivers of physiological responses (and should be tested accordingly). 

Heavy Metal Contaminants

Hemp is a bioaccumulator. This means it can absorb heavy metals found in the soil or water, which in turn can have harmful long-term effects not only on the plant’s structure itself but also on any product or derivative. 

As you can imagine, these unsafe remnants of heavy metals in the plant can directly affect those who consume it as well.

At Highgrade Labs, we proudly test all CBD products and even help professionals test nutrients and soils used in their cultivation processes, in order to further identify any source of heavy metal contaminants. 

The Importance of Safe & Compliant CBD Lab Testing 

No matter whether you’re a CBD consumer or distributor – be sure to consider the importance of CBD lab testing. 

With our CBD lab testing services, Highgrade Labs provides each product tested with a certificate of analysis (CoA). This ensures that the product has been accurately tested for quality and purity. 

For assistance with all of your CBD testing needs, please do not hesitate to contact us today. 

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