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How to Read a CBD Lab Report

How to Read a CBD Lab Report
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If you’ve ever investigated CBD, or any CBD-based products like CBD oil, vapes, tincture, and edibles, you’ve probably heard something about the importance of third-party lab testing. Here, we’ll go over exactly what you need to learn to know how to read a CBD lab report.

What Are Third Party CBD Lab Reports?

Since our current cannabis industry is still for the most part unregulated, it’s easy for manufacturers and distributors to get away with putting whatever they want on their product labels and marketing materials.

When you’re a patient or customer, that makes it quite difficult to know what you’re getting into when trying to make a smart purchasing decision. Third party lab reports are used to tell you the difference between a safe and quality product, and one that isn’t as advertised.

Third party lab reports supply information based on their independent research into the product and brand. They don’t have any affiliation with the brand that they’re testing, so the information they present is guaranteed to be accurate.

In order to make the most out of these lab reports, however, you’ve got to be able to read them properly. Once you first understand the primary cannabis compounds, you’ll find it pretty straightforward to understand what they’re telling you.

Which Compounds Should You Look For?

Before we dive into the reports themselves, let’s familiarize ourselves with the most common compounds that you’ll see on a lab report for something called full spectrum CBD products. You’ll likely see different ingredients show up depending on what the actual product is, like hemp flower CBD oil vs. a full-spectrum tincture. Nevertheless, here’s what to keep your eye out for in the reports:

  • CBD – Obviously you’re going to see this main chemical compound in any CBD lab report. You may also see it referred to by its scientific term, cannabidiol.
  • Additional cannabinoids – While CBD is itself a cannabinoid, there are many others that join it. Other acronyms you may notice in a lab report include THC, THCA, CBC, CBG, CBN, and CBDA. If you’re looking for a high-free CBD distillate, you’ll want as little THC as possible.

If you don’t notice any other compounds listed, it doesn’t mean they’re not there, it just means the lab may not have listed the full profile in the report.

  • Pesticides – Anything that is an herbicide, growth hormone, or fertilizer should not be in a lab report. If you see them, look elsewhere.
  • Chemical Solvents – If you notice ANY forms of chemical solvents called glycols, you should be warned to stay as far away as possible. Keep a sharp eye out for polyethylene glycol (PEG) or propylene glycol (PG), as they are especially dangerous and known carcinogens.
  • Microbes – While there are many healthy microbes out there, it’s a general rule that you don’t want these tiny living organisms in your products.

CBD Lab Report

Reading Lab Reports: Example A

Let’s give you an example of what you can expect from a lab report. Here’s a lab report on an extremely transparent CBD company, Elixinol:

100mg Cinnamint CBD Oil Drops

  • Verified Ingredients: MCT oil (coconut oil), hempseel oil, CO2 cinnamon extract flavor, peppermint essential oil
  • Active cannabinoids: 100 mg CBD, 0% THC
  • Heavy metals: Any metal elements hazardous to our health (all of these levels are acceptable)
  • Arsenic at 0.001 ppm
  • Cadmium at 0.01 ppm
  • Mercury at 0.01 ppm
  • Lead at 0.06 ppm
  • Microbiology: Negative for E.Coli and Salmonella, less than 10 cf/g for Coliform
  • Pesticides/Herbicides: 100% clear of 24 most common pesticides (Spinosad, Abamectin, Carbaryl, Imazalil)

Reading Lab Reports: Example B

CW Hemp Everyday Advanced 5000 Oil

  • THC – 2.0mg/mL
  • THC – A – 0.0mg/mL
  • CBD – 53.7 mg/mL
  • CBD-A – 0.0mg/mL
  • Microbes – Pass
  • Pesticides – Pass
  • Yeasts and Molds – Pass
  • E. coli – Pass
  • Salmonella – Pass
  • Aflatoxins – Pass
  • Solvents – Pass
  • Coliforms – Pass
  • Arsenic – Pass
  • Heavy Metals – Pass

These are two quite different examples of lab reports for a CBD isolate product. This shows you the kind of variation you may see when shopping for products such as biomass CBD, Seeds, CBD oil, or CBD Isolate.

Tree of Life Botanicals CBD Isolate

Final Words

CBD lab reports aren’t so difficult as long as you know which ingredients you do want to see in your product and which ingredients you want to stay away from. Once you establish that, you should be able to easily understand a lab report no matter how it’s written.

Remember – look for the same amount of CBD that’s reported on the label, keep an eye out for THC if you don’t want to get high, and steer clear of anything that seems toxic like heavy metals, pesticides, and microbes.

A great CBD company will sell products with proof of lab reports, so you know that you can trust what they sell. Click here to see our wholesale CBD products with lab reports!


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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