Never be afraid to ask for verification documents when considering purchases of CBD products. Mr. Smoke advises this as it not only ensures that you’re getting a quality product, but it also ensures that you are getting one that is not harmful to your body. Additionally, there are legal concerns that are at play.
One of the best verification methods is the viewing of a product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). This shows the results of testing for THC and CBD levels, as well as the existence of contaminants.
Even in a state like Colorado that is known for having the most comprehensive hemp testing processes, no testing is required of finished products. This means companies that can present a COA went the extra mile to have their products tested for the sake of consumers. Of course, not every manufacturer bothers with this extra step. Unfortunately, some companies such as CV Sciences fall in the category of those that do not. This is a problem because products such as their Plus CBD Oil are made from hemp that originates in Holland. Imported hemp is not subject to federal or state laws. This means that there is no verification at the raw material level, nor is there any at the finished product level.
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The state of Indiana is one that has made the locating of COAs easier. As of July, all CBD products that are derived from hemp are required to have a QR code on their labels. Consumers can then use the cameras on their phones to scan the QR code, which initiates a download of the product’s COA certificate. Jonathan Lawrence, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market’s director of vitamins and body care, states that every CBD product sold by the chain sports these codes. He supports the move as he believes consumers have the right to know what they are taking.
For further reassurance, it is recommended that you check the COA to see the quality standards that the product has achieved. The one you should look for is “ISO 17025.” This indicates a high scientific standard. You can also verify the testing methods by ensuring that they are verified by either the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP), or the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC).