Testing Hemp Trichomes — How Do Third-Party Lab Technicians Scan CBD Products? 

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Real Tested CBD always emphasizes the importance of getting quality third-party lab testing on your CBD oil. While many customers understand why they should place a high value on Certificates of Analysis (COAs), questions are often asked about the accuracy of these tests. How can scientists determine the exact ratio of compounds in different hemp extracts? Are Some CBD Testing Methods Better Than Others?

Although CBD lab analysis can get quite technical, we will do our best to explain the best techniques that accredited laboratories now use to determine the purity of a CBD oil.

The Ins and Outs of CBD Screenings – A Beginner’s Guide to CBD Lab Analysis

There are a few ways technicians can find out what’s in a CBD product, but High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) is the industry standard. While this may sound very complex, HPLC is basically a process that involves exposing CBD oil to a solvent and pressure. The combination of these powers helps separate cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.

Because different compounds have different weights, researchers can calculate the relative percentages of each molecule with surprising accuracy. Typically, labs use advanced UV technology to get a clear picture of your CBD oil’s average cannabinoid counts.

Although chromatography is a preferred method for studying cannabinoids, it usually falls short when looking for potentially toxic compounds. Because of this, third-party labs may use PCR testing or mass spectrometry. The first of these tests looks for “bad bugs” in your CBD by examining the DNA. The second test uses a combination of ionization and magnetism to pull out any heavy metals that may be in your CBD oil.

Although scientists are constantly researching more advanced methods of testing CBD oil, these three methods have become standard in professional CBD testing facilities.

Do customers need a chemistry degree to read third-party CBD lab results?

Luckily, you don’t need advanced training to read a standard CBD COA. Because CBD labs know customers will read this data, they make their lab reports as good as possible. Usually, all the major cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are in a column with their total number in milligrams and their percentage next to it.

Quality third-party lab tests should also include brackets for heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides. Unfortunately, it’s common for these toxic substances to end up in low-quality CBD oils. If a company hides this data, you should be careful when working with it. The only way to verify that your CBD oil is sparkling clean is to see a “zero” in these three categories.

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When you first see a third-party CBD lab test, it can look confusing. While companies try to make their findings understandable for non-experts, there’s a lot of information on these sheets for you to absorb. If you are inexperienced with testing protocols, you may be missing out on important details about your CBD oil.

Please remember that the Real Tested CBD team has years of experience reading hemp COAs. New CBD customers can take advantage of our CBD educational resources and unbiased reviews. You can even reach out to Real Tested CBD with any questions or concerns on this Contact Us tab.