How To Read A Lab Result
The DL on Lab Tests
If you are a part of the CBD world, psychiatric world, or medical world, then you know that the cannabinoids found in the hemp plant are on track to playing a serious role in the medical field. Research has revealed the very evident potential that this plant has to offer those suffering with their immune systems; through research, we are discovering that this is a molecularly medicinal plant just waiting for more science to explain it and its various functions. This is not a fad—CBD is making its entrance into the 21st century.
If you are buying CBD, then you have probably read the studies and are interested to see if and how you can benefit from it. It is highly important to educate yourself, especially since CBD is being mass-produced in this technological world—there is a need for caution against bogus or possibly contaminated products. This is why you have happened upon Botanicam, our mission is to help and protect you.
What is the deal with Lab Tests?
Why do I need protection?
Besides allowing for the ability to individuate your cannabinoid dosing, lab tests ensure that you are getting a quality product from a quality company. The bummer about lab tests is that they are really expensive—combine this with the potential expense of a lab test reporting that there are toxins in a product and you get what we have now—a CBD marketplace nicknamed “The Wild West.” Companies are not testing their products and are even photoshopping fake lab reports! Due to a lack of regulation from the FDA, most companies are manufacturing products irresponsibly without having to take any accountability for customer safety.
This is why Botanicam exists. Using our 12-point checklist we heavily vet the brands that we choose to work with; we have combed over 1000+ companies to bring you, 18 manufacturers, we trust. Taking this a step further, we have taken on the expense and effort of commissioning our own independent lab tests through “PharmaLabs” to make 100% sure that you are getting a quality product. Check out Botanicam’s own lab tests through PharmaLabs here. We are the only company in the entire country doing this because we believe in CBD—we are setting the standards for a safe and conscious marketplace.
How To Read a Lab Test
There are really just 3 parts, though all lab tests will look a bit different.
- The Cannabinoid Profile
- The Terpene Profile
- The Tests for Toxins (such as pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, etc.)
1. The cannabinoid profile is usually on the first page as the main display of the report. The cannabinoids are CBD, CBN, THC, CBG, etc. Cannabinoids are what stimulate the CB receptors of the brain and body. Having a range of cannabinoids is wonderful because different cannabinoids will modulate different pathways and systems of the body.
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2. You know you are looking at the terpene profile when you see names such as ALPHA-PINENE, LIMONENE, or LINALOOL. Terpenes are responsible for the aroma of the plant. More than that, studies have shown that they have properties that range from neuroprotective (Alpha-Pinene), to anticonvulsant (D-Linalool), to anti-inflammatory (Myrcene), and so on.
The cannabinoid and terpene profiles are the key to CBD wellness. These tests can be very useful tools in figuring out which plant compounds work best for you and your body. Try a couple of different products and brands, check out the lab tests before purchasing, and hopefully, you can find the cannabinoid and terpene combinations that bring your body to wellness.
3. Toxins are unwanted additives such as heavy metals, pesticides, microbials, mycotoxins or residual solvents. Hemp is a bio-accumulator which is beautiful—this means that when the plant grows, it cleans the soil it grows in. The problem for us is that any toxins in the ground will be absorbed into the hemp. This test ensures that your product was manufactured responsibly, with you and your health in mind.
An Article By Evie Louise
Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.