CBD Education

CBD education is very important to us. We hope that we can help you understand testing, and how to know if your products are safe. The biggest part is understanding your testing. Testing is such an important part of knowing what is in your hemp-derived products. There are a number of different third-party testing labs. There are some really good third-party testing labs and some not so good ones. First and foremost when you are looking at a COA find the name of the testing lab. We would encourage you to google the lab and make sure it is a credible third-party testing lab.

It is also important to note that the test should come from a third party testing lab NOT the lab or manufacturer that makes your CBD products. Another thing to note that across the board labs will have slightly different results depending on their processes. You could take our products to get your own third-party test at another testing lab and you could have a slight variance in the results. If you call the testing lab they will be able to tell you what their variance is. 

Now that you know your testing lab is a legitimate third-party testing lab you can actually take a look at the COAs. Keep reading to learn some of the most important things to look for on your COA.  

Cannabinoids:  The number and type of cannabinoid compounds analyzed in a sample batch varies from lab to lab. All labs analyze a different amount of compounds. Most labs test anywhere from 10-15 cannabinoids, which is shown on the “Cannabinoid Profile” section of the COA. Research has shown that each of these cannabinoids may be helpful for certain ailments.  However, further research and clinical trials must still be done to fully assess the benefits. We use broad-spectrum CBD oil in our products, so the test results show more than just CBD. In some consumer products you may see THC compounds, which are NOT in our products. Delta-9 THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid and the most common in marijuana products. THCa is the acid form of THC and once heated up it will become psychoactive. The total THC (including both THC-D9 and THCa) is required to be less than .03% in hemp products in order for it to be legal to buy and sell in the United States. 

Results (MG/unit) and (mg/g): this is the percentage of each particular cannabinoid that is present in your product in both percentage (%) and milligram per gram (Mg/g). The way this reads can differ between testing labs so you may have to call the lab or company to ensure you understand it. Ours will always be MG/gram. For example our Facial Glow Oil has 1000MG of CBD in a 50ML bottle, which translates to 20MG/Gram or a 20MG dosage. 

Total THC/Total CBD: You will typically see two lines on a COA. One is for Total THC and the other is Total CBD. The total THC includes the delta-9 THC and THCa combined. The reason it includes THC-a is because THC-a is the acid form and will become psychoactive once you add a heat element to it. Therefore it is included in your total potential THC. We DO NOT have any THC in any of our products. 

Pesticide Residue: This is such an important test to have on your hemp-derived products. This will be a separate test. Cannabis-Sativa plants are great for phytoremediation, which is a process used to remove, transfer, stabilize and/or destroy contaminants in soil and ground water.  If the soil is contaminated the hemp plant could have contaminants in it as well, and your product could therefore be affected. It is important when you are buying CBD products, that you check for a pesticide test, so you can ensure it is safe to use. You will want to see ND (non-detect) across the board on your pesticide test. 

Heavy Metals: This is yet another type of test that can be done on hemp and hemp-derived products. This will tell you if there are any heavy metals present in your product.  Similar to pesticides sometimes heavy metals can be present in the soil. You want to see a ND for each element in order to know your product is safe to use.

Residual Solvents: Residual solvents can be left behind from the distillation process if the product is not properly processed. There are many different solvents that are used in the processing of hemp and if any of those solvents are not properly removed, it could be harmful to you. Make sure you see a ND on this test for "non-detect". This indicates there are no residual solvents present in your product. 

At Eossi it is very important to us that you understand what is in your product and why. The CBD milligram content is very important as is the potential presence of heavy metals and pesticides. If you have any questions about our COAs, COAs in general, or compliance please feel free to reach out! We love hearing from our GLOW family!