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  • Ideally, the supplier conducts its own rigorous testing in its own labs and also works with third-party laboratories through every stage of the supply chain to ensure and validate quality and compliance. Thorough testing is critical, from seedling testing during farming to extraction and finished goods testing.

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Types Of Third-Party Lab Testing

There is no one standard test for a lab test. Due to a lack of official regulation, no company is bound to have a certain lab test strictly.

Nevertheless, the industry standard is HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography). It is cost-effective and provides high accuracy.

Other tests are as follows:

  • PCR Testing (Polymerase Chain Reactions): This test shows the level of biological contamination, if any, in the sample.
  • MS Testing (Mass Spectronomy): It identifies the presence of heavy metal contaminants.
  • NMR Testing (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy): They test the different compounds in the sample.

Third-party testing is a key to quality control for CBD. Top CBD companies self-test and certainly use outside companies. The challenge for companies is the expense of testing as each batch of product needs to be tested. QR codes need to be added to all products for each batch tested. New batches need new codes. The QR codes are online and need to be updated and managed accordingly. Companies need to commit to this process. 

Testing companies are not unlike any providers in any market. There are good ones and not-so-good ones. There are no standards for tests and no common testing results. In addition, the costs of testing equipment can be very high. Companies that use best-in-class equipment will receive the best results. So here’s the consumer problem, there is no way the public would know a good testing company or not so good. Even before this issue, most consumers were not even aware that when buying CBD they should check the test. 

There are testing standards for CBD such that tests are the same as THC. The most common testing method for CBD and THC is gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). GC-MS is a highly sensitive and specific method that can detect even trace amounts of CBD and THC.

A test will provide a lot of information. In its basic terms, the test will show what’s in the CBD product and what is not. For instance, you need to know that the product will have the amount of CBD that is said on the product. You also will see if it has any bad things like pesticides and heavy metals just for example sake. Lastly, reading a test can be a challenge. Interpreting them may need some research. That said, if you are a regular consumer of CBD it’s important. 

At some point, there likely will be regulations that make the testing results consistent and some regulatory considerations to weed out the testing companies that don’t comply. 

Drug Tests

So how can you fail a drug test after taking CBD? The urine test most commonly used doesn’t even look for CBD but instead, a compound created by the body when it metabolizes THC, says Barry Sample, senior director of science and technology at Quest Diagnostics, the largest administrator of drug tests in the U.S. “There isn’t going to be a laboratory analytical false positive confusing CBD with a THC metabolite.”

Hemp vs THC

(Q75) Both hemp and marijuana can contain CBD, but hemp is federally legal. A general starting point in federal CBD legality: If CBD comes from hemp, it is legal; if CBD comes from marijuana, it is illegal. tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that can get you high.

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