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4 Lab Tests Your CBD Products Need Before They Get to You

Now that cannabis and hemp products are legal in some states, consumers need ways of knowing what they’re consuming.  Cannabis and hemp need to be tested and labeled like alcohol or food. There are a few different components that must be tested.  Buyers and State governments will ask for a Certificate of Analysis(COA) that details the levels of THC and CBD in an extracted oil.  States also require certain tests to make sure that the extracts are safe for consumption.  Here are four common tests that are often required for extracts:

#1 Cannabinoid Profile

The cannabinoid profile is done in a laboratory.  Cannabinoids are compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants, THC being the most well known cannabinoid, and CBD the second.  A plant may contain more than 100 cannabinoids. There are a few different laboratory techniques that are used for the cannabinoid profile.  There are some tests which might be more informative than others. Hemp distributors should discuss the best option with their preferred lab. This website lists some of the most common cannabinoids.  While it’s good to know the full cannabinoid profile of an extract, this lab test will primarily measure potential THC and CBD content.

#2 Solvents

Solvents are unsafe for human consumption and are therefore monitored in hemp products.  There are different types of solvents, with different levels of acceptability in extracts.  For example, level 1 solvents should never or almost never be found in extracts. These are things that pose the greatest risk to humans or the environment, like carcinogens.  Level 3 solvents are okay to use in extraction.

The solvent analysis is performed in a lab using slightly different tests than those used to perform the cannabinoid profile.  The lab test can be done at the same time, though, and the results will come as part of the same analysis.  The solvents measured will be listed with a pass or a fail value next to their names, unlike the cannabinoid profile, which will have percentage values.

#3 Pesticides and Metals

Hemp and cannabis extracts need to be tested for pesticides and heavy metals.  Just like with food crops, regulators want to make sure that consumers aren’t exposed to dangerous substances.  The COA lab test will confirm whether or not there are dangerous levels of pesticides or metals in an extract. Like with the solvent test, the extract will be given either a pass of fail.

#4 Terpenes

Although it is not required by state laws, some COA tests check for terpenes.  Terpenes are non-cannabinoid compounds found in an extract that give it different smells and flavors.  This test result is returned as the percentage of each terpene contained in an extract.

The COA contains many important tests.  These analyses are not only necessary for distributors to be able to transport and sell extracts, they’re also important for protecting consumers.  To see a sample COA, click here.


When you buy any CBD product from TerraVida, you can be sure that it’s safe.  All our products are tested for safety and quality.  We care about your well being, and we would never sell substandard CBD oil products.  In fact, cannabidiol products are now so safe, they’re even being sold at major retailers.  Just like products from big companies, TerraVida products pass tests for pesticides, metals and solvents.  We also know the exact cannabinoid content of our products.  We measure the cannabinoid profile and pass all the information on to you.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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