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In the past few years, alternative ways to boost health and wellness have started to gain attention—especially by women who historically have been misdiagnosed by doctors and dismissed by the medical system. Natural remedies have also grown in popularity as we become more cognizant of what we put into our bodies and the unwanted side effects that can come with some over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs. Enter the rise of CBD, the non-intoxicating compound in hemp that has been used to treat a variety of wellness  concerns. 

You may have noticed that CBD products are popping up everywhere and it’s  great to have an increase in options! But it also means that consumers need to be careful that the product they’re buying are tested for purity, contaminants and heavy metals. 

Since CBD products aren’t federally regulated, reputable CBD and hemp companies will use unbiased, third-party lab testing to prove that their products contain what the label says.

How does third-party testing work? 

At Winged CBD, we use an independent third-party lab to test each batch of our products multiple times to assure quality, potency, and purity of the ingredients. The lab runs a panel of tests to discern what is in our products, but just as importantly, what isn’t in our products—heavy metals, pesticides, or any harmful microbes. Once the testing is complete, we receive a Certificate of Analysis, which can be accessed by the QR code on the label of all our products.

Is third-party testing required?

Third-party testing isn’t mandatory, which is why unlabeled CBD products have become common and usually available at cheaper prices. If a company isn’t willing to test their products and be transparent about ingredients, please think twice before buying. Some CBD products on the market today have been found to include everything from illegal doses of THC to prohibited synthetic or toxic ingredients.

Reading the Certificate of Analysis

There are certain things you want to look for in the analysis report of a CBD product, which include: 

CBD/THC ratio: It sounds silly, but make sure the CBD product you’re buying actually contains CBD and that it is the same amount claimed on the label. It’s also good to verify that the THC content is 0.3% or less—the legal limit to be considered a hemp plant.

Microbes: Think E. Coli and Salmonella—it’s not something you want in your CBD product… or anything for that matter. Testing for microbes will confirm that harmful mold or bacteria wasn’t present on the hemp plant before harvesting. 

Pesticides: Organic products will be able to prove this claim on the lab analysis. While pesticides may appear in trace amounts in all plants, the amount present in each sample should be minimal. If it’s not, it should raise a red flag, 

Chemical solvents: Chemical solvents are often found in CBD oils extracted through methods that include alcohol, formaldehyde, or butane. These can be carcinogenic and cause dangerous side effects if present. Instead, look for CBD products that use CO2 extraction (that’s us!).

CBG, CBN, CBDA, and other cannabinoids: In order to be a full spectrum hemp product, it should include several other cannabinoids in the test results. This also means that no cannabinoids have been purposefully removed during the extracting process.

With so many options of CBD manufacturers, product types, and dosage, it’s hard enough to make a decision about which product to buy. The last thing you want is a CBD product with false labeling or poor quality. In order to reap the potential benefits of adding CBD to your wellness regimen, make sure that you choose a company that measures up to your expectations and goes the extra step to third-party tests.

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