CBD Edibles quality control
Quality is never something that occurs by accident, it is the result of carefully planned and diligently carried out work. For most CBD farmers and producers, the goal is to produce forth CBD products that are free from contaminants; both organic and inorganic, and contain the right amount of THC/CBD.
CBD compounds and the industry
CBD is one of the numerous cannabinoids gotten from the cannabis plant. It comes from the hemp extract which is more preferred to the marijuana extract, as it does not contain the psychoactive compounds inherent in cannabis (THC).
CBD has been quite a revelation and has been acclaimed to be the ‘elixir’ to life, with reports of its ‘mystical’ ability to rid the body of illnesses and conditions. The CBD market has also seen a huge surge in the market both in the number of ‘devotees’ and users and in its economy.
Legislation of the CBD industry and the market issues
With the signing of the Farm Act in September 2018, all CBD products with THC contents less than 0.3% are classified as Schedule 5 drugs. This means that all CBD products that fall in these categories; mostly CBD edibles can be taken for recreational and medical purposes with little restrictiveness. This great change, and together with the emerging multi-billion dollar market, it has subjected the CBD industry to all kinds of charades, postiches, and illicit products.
Tests and certifications as solutions to the control
To bring back some sort of sanity into the market of CBD markets, manufacturers/producers of the CBD edibles should provide proof of testing/CBD quality certification before their products hit the market
Most genuine companies go all the way out in ensuring customer’s satisfaction and perform organic testing on their CBD edibles. Organic testing also proves that a company is very interested in their standards as they can be expensive.
CBD edibles that undergo tests from external labs usually come with COA (certificate of occupancy). The result comes with the complete description of what the CBD edibles comprise of and the concentration of each compound. Though the labs may vary from each other, there are common components that are being tested for in the CBD edibles, some of them are
In States where CBD is legal, the FDA stipulates that the maximum amount of THC that should be present in a CBD edible should be less than 0.3%. And most CBD manufacturers fail to comply with this. In fact, within a year, the FDA had to send ‘warnings’ to over 20 companies for flouting this rule.
There are lots of microbes and organisms that plague cannabis plants during growth. Some of these microbes can cause allergies when ingested by humans
Farmers use pesticides to inhibit the menace caused by pests like; rodents. The chemicals in this ‘aerosols’ could form carcinogens when ingested into the body. Lots of complaint about the use of CBD is linked to the presence of chemicals
Other contaminants that labs test for includes;
- Moisture content,
- Heavy metals
The CBD industry is not lacking in methods of certifications or testing, it just doesn’t have the right enforcers of such policies. Following recent discoveries of ‘poisons’ in CBD edibles; linked mostly to the carelessness of manufacturers of CBD edibles, the FDA and CDC are embarking on new pre-emptive measures to curb the menace.