Even if you're unfamiliar lab reports, you may have still seen them loudly touted by CBD brands like ours. This is because these lab reports - often referred to as certificates of analysis (COA) - are an essential tool to use when shopping for CBD products
Understanding why lab reports are necessary and how to read them will empower you to find effective, pure, safe CBD products.
In 2018, the Farm Bill federally legalized hemp. Despite this legal recognition, the industry operates in an unregulated space. This is because the FDA has failed to provide fair and balanced oversight and regulation that the industry desperately needs.
The lack of oversight means there is no quality or content control on CBD products sold in the general consumer market. This situation allows for scammers and unscrupulous brands to sell low-quality, misleading, and even dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers.
Until much-needed regulation is passed, transparency practices that borrow from state-level medical marijuana testing requirements have been deployed by leading brands. The result is testing designed to verify product content, purity, and potency. Lab reports empower you, the consumer, to verify exactly what is in each and every CBD product you purchase.
As a consumer it is essential to use vetting tools when shopping for CBD oil - and lab reports are arguably the most valuable tool available. Verifying product contents via these reports can mean the difference between finding a potent, pure product and being sold something without CBD at all.