Third Party Testing Is An Integral Aspect To Consumer Safety in CBD
The CBD industry has gained tremendous notoriety in recent years. From CBD-infused cooking products to cannabidiol anti-anxiety formulas, CBD is fast becoming commonplace in a multitude of markets.
Despite the growing acceptance across the United States and even around the world, a vacuum exists in federal regulations surrounding hemp CBD. This has left both confusion and uncertainty in those who are new to CBD. With lack of federal and state regulations, it is more important than ever to have a trusted, licensed and accredited third party analytical laboratory to independently test your hemp CBD products.
Before we dive into what Green Leaf Labs can do for the safety of your customers and the quality of your cannabis and hemp products, let’s take a look at what the industry currently looks like.
Getting Acquainted With CBD
Even through the Coronavirus pandemic, the global cannabidiol market grew to a nearly $3 billion USD valuation in 2020. Growth in 2021 is already outpacing previous predictions for the industry.
With that much dominance in the market and a sizable increase during one of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history, more Americans are purchasing CBD-infused health and wellness products every single day. Largely, their popularity is rooted in the boundless health claims of CBD, which range from stress and anxiety management to pain relief and respite from the symptoms that come with cancer and its varying treatments.
Health and Safety Risks of Untested Products
As previously mentioned, there is no federally regulated testing of CBD products, which puts consumer safety at risk. The lack of regulations around testing is a challenge as consumers may receive a product that has mislabeled potency, pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, vitamin E acetate and more.
Vapor pens and eCigarettes can be utilized to consume CBD products; however, many vape-friendly CBD products contain vitamin E acetate, which is used to either thin or thicken the CBD liquid. Vitamin E acetate is now known to be a toxin that increases the risk of lung damage; therefore, consuming an untested CBD product through vaping poses a serious health risk.
While contaminants like pesticides may be sprayed on cannabis and hemp plants just as commonly as they may be sprayed on produce at the grocery store, many do not consider how heavy metals find their way into untested CBD products. Heavy metals occur naturally in the soil that hemp grows in while agricultural pollution increases the concentration of them as well. Elements like Lead and Mercury are known to be highly toxic to the human body after long-term consumption, increasing the dangers of using untested products.
Don’t Panic! Green Leaf Labs Are Here To Help
Founded in 2011, Green Leaf Labs is a woman-owned independent analytic cannabis and hemp CBD laboratory. They are the first to be accredited and licensed by a state agency, setting the standard high in cannabis and hemp testing for over a decade in the states of Oregon, California and the nation.
Founder and CEO Rowshan Reordan said, “We have tremendous responsibility being a leader in the industry of cannabis and hemp testing. When there is little to no federal regulations in place to keep customers safe, we have all individual’s health and wellness resting in our hands, and we do not take that lightly.”
By testing your products at Green Leaf Labs, you are supporting a women-owned business and diversity in a growing industry that prioritizes significance in helping people.