30 May Why you Need to View Lab Reports before Buying CBD for Pets
You’ve probably read about it being important to view lab reports before buying CBD for yourself, but what about CBD products for your pets? We’ll give you information on lab reports and CBD including what to look for and what to avoid. When giving CBD to your pets, providing them with safe, clean products is important.
An Unregulated Industry
CBD products aren’t yet regulated by the FDA or USDA. Although hemp became legal with the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, industry standards, regulations and guidelines haven’t been determined yet. So, for now, it’s a “buyer beware” situation for CBD users and pet parents. This is why you should always view lab reports and CBD product descriptions to ensure that it’s a product you want to give your pet.
While most CBD companies, including Pet Health CBD, do produce safe CBD products for pets – there are companies out there that false advertise or sell fake CBD products just to make a buck.
What to Look for in Lab Reports and CBD Product Descriptions
When you’re reviewing lab reports and CBD product descriptions, you should look for several items. We’ll start with the product descriptions. First, look for the product to include only natural ingredients. If individual terpenes are listed, they may look like chemical names but they are not.
Common terpenes used in CBD products for pets include:
- Alpha pinene
These are all sourced from plants, shrubs, herbs, spices and trees. They are what give the elements of nature their flavors and aromas while boasting some therapeutic benefits themselves.
Next, the amount of active CBD in the product should be listed. This should match the amount of CBD noted on the front of the label.
Reading Lab Reports
When it comes to lab reports and CBD, reading the fine details is important. Sure, all of the terms and numbers on these reports can be confusing, but we’ll make it very simple for you to understand them.
Start by looking at the lab’s credentials. This should include the lab’s name, address, phone number and licensing number. If no license number is available, contact the CBD manufacturer to discuss the legality of the lab used.
Next, the cannabinoid profile. This will include a simple breakdown of all cannabinoids found in a sample. The THC content should be 0.3% or less. You might notice <LOQ on the report. LOQ means level or limit of quantification, which is the smallest amount of a compound that a lab is required to test for. If you see <LOQ, it’s good news. Some labs also include a chart or graph to show the cannabinoid distribution within a sample.
You should also look at the amount of CBD found in the sample. You’ll want to see numbers as close to 100 as possible. Products under 80% CBD may be less than ideal quality.
The next section to pay attention to is the solvent analysis. Every state that requires lab testing and CBD analysis reports has different standards. It is important to note the action level. The action level is the maximum amount of a compound or chemical that the state deems safe. All solvents listed on this portion of the test should have results well below the action limits. You’re likely to see <LOQ on many of these items – especially if the source of the CBD oil is an organic hemp farmer, like those chosen by Pet Health CBD.
Pesticides should also be paid attention to. These will be represented the same way as residual solvents are –with an action level. Action levels are measured in parts per million, represented as ppm on a lab report.
Microbial testing is not required by all states, but if microbial testing is required and is completed, look for the same results as pesticides and solvents – with results lower than the action level.
Ensure that the lab report is signed and dated. Make sure that it is a passing lab report.
We’ve made understanding lab reports and CBD analysis reports very simple to understand. Of course, if you should have additional questions, please reach out to us at Pet Health CBD. You can find our most current Certificates of Analysis (CoAs) within our product descriptions. We’re proud to display our exceptional lab results with our customers and those just browsing for information or are comparison shopping.