In the world of CBD, more and more consumers are finally learning that the company they buy from SHOULD have 3rd party testing available for the public. But even then, do most people know what they are looking at?
In this blog, we will be going over a few key tests, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and more.
There is an encyclopedia of different cannabinoids (113) but let’s go over the important ones that are seen most often.
CBD or Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. (AKA it does not induce a euphoric high). CBD creates a calming effect that is helpful for those experiencing anxiety and sleep loss. CBD has also shown to lower blood sugar and aid people dealing with pain, multiple sclerosis, inflammation, stress disorders, and epilepsy.
CBDV is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. (AKA it does not induce a euphoric high). CBDV has also been known to help aid seizures in some cases.
CBG is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. (AKA it does not induce a euphoric high). This cannabinoid typically occurs in only trace amounts in cannabis. CBG has been found to stimulate brain cells and bone growth. CBG has also shown to aid people experiencing insomnia.
CBC is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. (AKA it does not induce a euphoric high). CBC only occurs in trace amounts in cannabis. It has been found to be 10 times more effective than CBD in aiding anxiety and stress. Not only that but it has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral properties and stimulates bone growth.
CBN is mildly to non-intoxicating. It will not induce a euphoric high. CBD-A is only in trace amounts in cannabis and occurs as a result of THC degrading. It is definitely the most sedating of all the cannabinoids and shows cases where it can aid insomnia, glaucoma, and pain.
CBD-A (Cannabidolic Acid)
CBD-A is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. (AKA it does not induce a euphoric high). CBD-A is known as the acid precursor of CBD, meaning once the cannabis plant is heated, CBDa breaks down from its acid form into CBD. The process of converting CBDa to CBD is called decarboxylation. CBDA has shown cases where it can aid inflammation, depression, anxiety, pain, and nausea.
THC is a strongly psychoactive cannabinoid that induces that euphoric high. Most cannabis strains are bred to contain a high THC content while other cannabinoids occur in only trace amounts. THC does show some promising results to reducing pain, nausea, and aiding sleep and stress disorders. One thing to keep in mind is everyone is different, THC can cause anxiety and paranoia in some individuals.
THCV is also strongly psychoactive which creates a euphoric high. THCV is much stronger than THC, but the effects last about half as long as THC. THCV typically occurs in only trace amounts of cannabis. THCV can create some energetic effects while also countering anxiety, stress, and panic disorders without suppressing emotion. Another great perk of THCV is that it can suppress muscle spasms and tremors associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and aid other neurological disorders. THCV can stimulate bone growth and also diminishes appetite.
While there are over 200 types of terpenes, here are some popular ones.
Linalool is a terpene that gives a floral aroma. It can also be found in lavender, citrus, rosewood, coriander, and laurels. Linalool has some properties that aid insomnia, epilepsy, anxiety, pain and more.
Bisabolol is a terpene that gives a sweet floral aroma with hints of citrus and spice. It can also be found in German chamomile and the South American candela tree. Bisabolol has some anti-inflammation and anti-microbial properties.
Guaiol can be found in cypress pine and guaiacum. It gives a piney aroma with woodsy and rosy undertones. Guaiol has shown to aid coughs, constipation, and arthritis with its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
Caryophyllene can be found in Thai Basil, cloves, and black pepper. It gives a rich spicy aroma. Caryophyllene has some Anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti- fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Myrcene can also be found in mango, hops, bay leaves, lemongrass and eucalyptus. It can create some sedating and relating effects. Myrcene has shown to aid muscle spasms, inflammation, pain, and insomnia. It also enhances pyschoactive effects of other compounds like THC and THCV.
Limone can also be found in fruit rings, rosemary, juniper, and peppermint. It creates a bitter citrus aroma. Limone has show to aid gastric reflux, fungus, depression and anxiety.
Pinene can be found in pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, and dill. It gives a sweet pine aroma. Pinene has shown to aid asthma and inflammation.
Humulene can be found in hops and coriander. It gives a similar aroma to hops. Humulene has anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and diminishes appetite.
Terpinolene can be found in apples, cumin, tre-tree, lilacs, and conifers. It gives a smoky or woody aroma. Terpinolene has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-insomnia properties.
Phytol can be found in aged green tea. Unlike most terpenes, Phytol’s aroma is very subtle. Phytol is a result of breaking down chlorophyll and can help aid sleep.
Having pesticide residues on your cannabis products is potentially dangerous. When buying your CBD Products, you should look to see if they have pesticide testing available. If there is no pesticide tests available, contact them and request it. If they are not able to give it you, more on to a better company. We provide all Pesticide Profile Tests.
When looking at a pesticide profile, it is pretty simple. You want to make sure that all of the pesticides show up negative. If a “P” shows up on it, this means that pesticides are present but below the limit. I don’t know about you, but I would rather a product with all negative results. I won’t take chances on a “P.”
Residual Solvents Profile
Residual solvents are used during the manufacturing or extraction process. They are often not completely removed by practical manufacturing and extraction processes. This is why you want to make sure the company you are using is testing for these chemicals to make sure you have a clean product.
Again, when looking at a residual solvents profile, it is pretty simple. You want to make sure all of the solvents come up negative under results. If the box is empty, this indicates that the hata is less than 5.0 ug/g.
The truth is not everyone is ethical…
There are current companies out there that are lying about their product and not provided the tests result that would give the truth.
We beg that even if consumers decide to use another CBD company, that they educate themselves on third party test results and what to look for.
Here is the key.
When looking at “MAX ACTIVE CBD” take that number and multiply it by the number of mL in the bottle. Most likely it will be “30ml”
If you look at our Cannabinoid Profile from our 3rd party testing by Altitude Consulting here is what you will find.
MAX ACTIVE CBD = 40.10 mg/mL
40.10 mg/mL x 30mL = 1203mg
That means there is a total of 1203mg of active CBD in our 1200mg Tincture.
MAX ACTIVE CBD = 22.64 mg/mL
22.64 mg/mL x 30mL = 679mg
That means there is a total of 679mg of active CBD in our 600mg Tincture.
Do you’re homework. Make sure you are getting what you pay for…
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