How CBD Third-Party Testing Works and Why It’s Important

At UrthLeaf, we have 3 main principles which guide us every day: quality, transparency, and authenticity. We think that it is our job to provide quality, pure, and safe CBD oil to our clients. That means we’ll go to great lengths of CBD testing to make sure that our product is of the highest-quality standard.

The fast growth of the CBD field has saturated the market with low-quality, cheap product that is sourced overseas or from biomass centers sourcing from multitudes of farms. Most brands are slapping a “high-quality” label on a cheap, and occasionally unsafe, product. Additionally, specific CBD products have decreased CBD content than advertised. As consumers, we understood that there had to be a better method of shopping hemp-based products which ensure short- and long-range safety. One method of doing this at UrthLeaf, is by sending our CBD oil to a lab in which they test for pesticides, terpene content, heavy metals, solvents, microbial contamination and much more. It’s referred to as third-party CBD testing.

Third-party testing: What is it and why do we have to have it?

Third-party testing is when a private party that isn’t affiliated with the distributor or manufacturer conducts a scientific product analysis. With a lack of federal regulation, there isn’t a standardized process for testing cannabidiol.

CBD Third-party testing offers an unbiased, neutral information source. It’ll benefit the consumer because it is the most transparent technique. With independent testing, the company cannot publish inaccurate information or change in-house results.

If you purchase CBD oil on the internet, or if you ever have conducted any general browsing for CBD oil products, you likely have encountered the expression “3rd party testing.” However, what does that mean, exactly? Are CBD oil manufacturers required to have their items tested before they’re able to distribute and market them?

As it turns out, not exactly. However, that does not mean that businesses still do not have the incentive to do it.

In this post, we discuss what 3rd party testing is. Also, we talk about how reliable it is to separate high-quality cannabis items from items of questionable quality. Of course, we also will cover some things you as a purchaser should be on the lookout for, and what the entire process of testing means for you as the consumer.

Independent 3rd Party Testing: What is it?

The objective behind independent 3rd party lab testing includes having an unbiased, neutral source assess an organization’s cannabis products. It’s vital within today’s market, because the non-regulated cannabis state virtually enables manufacturers to place labels on their items then sell and market them however they want. (In case you weren’t aware, there currently are very few Food and Drug Administration regulations on the industry of CBD).

But, in terms of the federal regulation of the cannabis industry it has always been a little bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, the majority of manufacturers do not want the government getting involved in profits and revenue. In addition, they do not want somebody telling them what they can and can’t distribute, market, sell, etc.

On the flip side, high-quality manufacturers understand that an industry that has no regulations and rules rapidly becomes overrun. False advertising, scams, and out-and-out lies quickly will take their place within the market. Naturally, it makes it difficult for consumers to make a wise purchasing decision or receive reliable, quality information.

Thankfully, that’s where the beauty of transparency enters. Similar to the way that cream rises to the top of a macchiato, honest businesses that offer quality products hopefully will always overcome their competitors and rise to the top. It is what third-party testing achieves. Businesses which are manufacturing quality, good products aren’t frightened of having an outside source check it for them.

Does the Food and Drug Administration Not Regulate the CBD Sector, whatsoever?

Truthfully, this is sort of a hazy topic. Here’s the bottom line: no, the FDA doesn’t maintain any oversight or regulation into this industry.

With that being said, among the inherent purposes of the Food and Drug Administration includes making sure the public isn’t exposed to questionable or dangerous health products. That includes natural medicine such as cannabis. It currently is illegal for CBD to be referred to as a “dietary supplement.” The FDA, past that, still is in the process of creating a regulatory framework for the cannabis and CBD industries.

If 3rd Party Testing Is Not Mandatory, Why Do Businesses Do it?

Analytical lab equipment like HPLC’s aren’t cheap. Nor is the expertise and labor which comes with understanding how to use them. Taking that into account, why do CBD businesses spend thousands of dollars willingly to obtain a “3rd-party tested” label?

It all boils down to transparency. With cannabis products (especially CBD oil) becoming increasingly popular by the day, it is becoming more and more critical for businesses to establish a reputable and reliable name in the industry. Folks understand what high-quality CBD oil is able to do in terms of anxiety, chronic pain relief, as well as insomnia relief, depression relief, etc. Therefore, they certainly aren’t going to spend their hard-earned funds on an expensive brand that isn’t even transparent enough to have their items lab tested.

In short, it’s within a CBD organization’s best interest to have their items 3rd-party tested despite the high cost. Nowadays, the average consumer is able to tell fairly rapidly whether a brand is legit. Also, they’re able to tell whether an organization is selling something short of what is being advertised. As they witness that “3rd-party” label, they understand that they are dealing with the former instead of the latter.

What about Terpene and Cannabinoid Profiles?

One other reason that businesses spend funds on lab testing is to obtain terpene and cannabinoid profiles for every one of their strains. If you ever have visited a marijuana dispensary, you probably have seen terpene or cannabinoid profiles. In the majority of instances, cannabinoid profiles are noticeable on the outside of the bottle for fast reference –at least they ought to be if it is a high-quality dispensary.

For instance, you may purchase a Sour Diesel strain which contains a cannabinoid profile of 22 percent THC and 1 percent CBD. Or you may purchase a full-spectrum CBD oil which contains 28 percent CBD and 2 percent THC. Without 3rd party testing, consumers would have no way of knowing what is in the product they are purchasing.

With an increasing amount of information coming out all of the time about specific cannabis profiles being better for certain medical conditions (like high CBD strains for relief of anxiety), it is all the more critical that sellers accurately check what is in every particular strain.

Third-Party Lab Testing for CBD Products

The last thing you should be spending your money on is a CBD product which does not have any CBD. Given the present unregulated state of the industry, it’s an easy error to make.

Therefore, it is becoming more and more important as a customer to search for edibles, oils, and additional CBD products which have been laboratory tested by an outside, unbiased source. Shop smartly, search for reputable, reliable brands that have excellent consumer feedback, and you should never underestimate the importance of 3rd-party quality tested CBD products.

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A Review of the Entire CBD Products Line from UrthLeaf

In this CBD review, I am going to be reviewing the entire line of CBD products from a Californian CBD company called UrthLeaf. I am going to kick-off this reviewing by talking a little bit about the company, their branding and product quality. This review is going to be completely honest and impartial.

UrthLeaf CBD Products – First Impressions

Firstly, I would like to point out that I have received the products from UrthLeaf within one week: this is how long it took for the parcel to arrive from California (USA) to London (UK). In the grand scheme of things, this is almost twice as fast as it has taken for similar packages to reach me from California. It goes to show that, from the legal point-of-view, there aren’t any issues with UrthLeaf CBD products at the border control, which is great news for all the international clients.

UrthLeaf CBD

The entire package has arrived in a very hipster and professional UrthLeaf branded paper bag but due to the wet weather in London, the bag got wet inside my back pack and it was no longer worthy of being featured in this CBD review. My first impression of UrthLeaf CBD products was the association with nature, earth and soil. This is due to the company’s very professional logo that appears to be focussed on green and healthy living and suggests that their products are natural.

UrthLeaf CBD Products

UrthLeaf CBD Products – Packaging

All UrthLeaf CBD products come in very sturdy and quality paper packaging. UrthLeaf CBD bath bomb packaging is the only product that breaks the mould as it comes in a brown box that is more common in the beauty industry. For example, when I walk into some luxury apothecary shops in Brick Lane or Cananry Wharf, bath bombs and soap appear in similar minimalistic and hipster chic packaging. Having reviewed many CBD products in the past, what made UrthLeaf’s packaging stand out is the fact that it is very detailed and contains a lot of useful information about each product. In my opinion, this is very helpful from the user’s point-of-view.

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture 300mg , 900mg and 1800mg

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture 300mg , 900mg and 1800mg

I have been trying out UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture in three strengths over the course of one week in different social settings. Having tasted many CBD oil tinctures before, UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture is unflavoured and does not taste like cannabis or hemp. It is very neutral but rich and tastes like delicious Italian oil you would have on your salad at a fancy city restaurant. Whilst I do not mind the taste of Cannabis or Hemp, I do realise that many CBD oil users may have negative connotation associated with Cannabis and Hemp products as CBD is essentially a Cannabis derivative less the THC. Given that UrthLeaf CBD hemp oil tincture has a neutral taste, it is ideal for anyone who would like to benefit from CBD oil without the taste of hemp or cannabis. I consumed UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture orally before I went to bed by putting a few drops under my tongue. Within half an hour, I was feeling all mellowed out, relaxed and focused. There is a misnomer that CBD makes you high. On the contrary, it helps to stabilise your brain and focus. I also experimented with the UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture in 900mg by adding it to my pre-workout protein shake consisting of blueberries, milk, protein powder and a banana. I had the protein shake two hour’s before going to the gym and I must admit that the CBD Oil really helped with the focus aspect at the gym and really improved my endurance, especially when it came to the cardio and weights training. The neutral taste of UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture makes it perfect for mixing it with various foods and drinks. My personal approach is to consume weaker CBD oil orally and add higher strength CBD oil to foods and drinks. On the company’s website, UrthLeaf state that they only use non-genetically modified industrial hemp from a select few CBD farms. I think that this claim really goes hand-in-glove with their earthy and nature-inspired branding.

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Oil Tincture 300mg , 900mg and 1800mg

UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg

UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg
UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg

I never quite understood the concept of consuming CBD Gel Capsules until I spilled CBD oil all over my iphone whilst I was taking some CBD oil whilst on the move. UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg offer the convenience of consuming CBD oil whilst on the move. Likewise, I came to realise that UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg may also help with reputational risk management. Uninformed people may be skeptical about one consuming CBD oil from a pipette and UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg definitely offer more discretion for consuming CBD in public places or even at the workplace. I decided to have a few CBD Gel Capsules whilst I was on a long Underground journey in London. Naturally, I was a bit tensed and stressed out after a long day at the office and the hustle and bustle in the city. I downed 2 CBD capsules with some tasty fizzy lemonade bubble tea and after about 30 minutes, the effects of CBD began to gradually kick in. I was feeling more relaxed, composed and chilled out to the point where I was making light talk with fellow commuters. I really like the fact that UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules come in 900mg, a fairly high strength. It is fairly easy to adjust CBD intake with CBD oil by taking a few drops more or less. However, with CBD Gel Tablets, you would want to receive the optimum effect without having to swallow ten CBD capsules. The CBD Capsule strength is definitely on point. On UrthLeaf’s website and on the label, it is stated that their CBD Capsules contain:

Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT Medium Chain Triglycerides)
Gelatin (Gelatin Capsules)
Non GMO Sunflower Lecithin
Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg
UrthLeaf CBD Gel Capsules 900mg

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve 900mg

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve 900mg
UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve 900mg

Here is what UrthLeaf claims about their CBD Hemp Healing Salve:

UrthLeaf’s top selling, topical salve is crafted by extracting full spectrum, CBD-rich, hemp oil and infusing it with organic lavender flower oil, organic coconut oil, vitamin E, and organic beeswax. These simple ingredients create a powerful salve that is packed with anti-inflammatory properties to help treat all of your aches, pains, and sore muscles. We also like to use our salve on cuts, wounds, dry skin, and eczema! For faster, targeted relief, simply massage a small amount into affected area.

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve 900mg

Overall, this sums up the UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve extremely well. Over a year ago, I have developed a skin condition known as uticaria. I had done many blood tests and saw my GP on multiple occasions, but the exact cause of my allergy was unknown. I was told that it could be anything from stress to my body’s intolerance to humid British weather. I was therefore left to take Loratadine anti-allergy tablets. If I failed to take the tablets every morning, my body parts would all of a sudden begin to turn red and I would develop a rash. It is very annoying to be living with such a condition. I immediately tried UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve on affected skin areas and the rash went away in about 5 minutes. However, what I have noticed is that by using UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve, CBD Hemp Oil and the CBD Bath Bomb, my condition has become to recede. The total number of allergey occurences has declined and even if I do not take my anti-allergy tablets, I can easily get by for a day or two. This is very encouraging and definitely goes to show that CBD has a lot of potential in helping to treat and alleviate skin conditions and allergies.

UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve 900mg

I was not planning of using UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve for anything other than helping to treat my allergy and dry skin, but after one month of being away from the gym, I decided to go back to my normal bench-press weight only to sustain a back injury. Basically, I could not lift up the bar back up, it landed on my belly and I tried to push it off me using my back. I did not realise that at the time, but I had sprained my lower back and I was in a lot of pain after the workout. I applied copious amounts of UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve two times before going to bed and once in the morning. The results were incredible, my back pain began to subside and after 2 days it had gone away completely. This is nothing short of a miracle because such back pains take at least 2 weeks to heal. I would therefore heavily recommend UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve for anyone suffering from gym injuries and allergies or skin conditions. The smell of UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve is extremely pleasant and sophisticated and has no tell-tell signs that you are using a hemp or CBD product. I was very surprised that the smell of this UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve is very gentle, rustic and reminds me of a trip to a beautiful garden from one of the Victorian Novels! Usually, similar salves have a very pungent and not entirely pleasant smell. UrthLeaf CBD Hemp Healing Salve also works great as body cream and is a great replacement for perfume.

UrthLeaf Eucalyptus CBD Bath Bomb 50mg

UrthLeaf Eucalyptus CBD Bath Bomb 50mg
UrthLeaf Eucalyptus CBD Bath Bomb 50mg

I am generally more of a shower person and due to my busy routine, I do not have the time for taking a full-blown bath with soap bubbles and nostalgic yellow rubber ducks. I finally caved into taking a warm bath on the weekend with some tasty bubble tea. I chucked the Eucalyptus Bath Bomb as I was filling up the bath. It began to dissolve very gradually and gave a very soothing and fresh aroma to the entire bathroom. When I got into the bath, I have noticed to feel very relaxed, calm and my skin became extremely soft and supple. After about one hour, I felt very rejuvenated and extremely relaxed. The Eucalyptus CBD Bath Bomb combines the best of both worlds by bringing CBD into cosmetics and body care products. I could definitely feel the therapeutic effects of CBD on my skin and my physical and mental state. My skin felt younger and my body just felt relaxed. This CBD bath bomb helped me to get a very good night’s sleep and helped to reinvigorate my entire body. I definitely felt very positive results the entire week.

UrthLeaf Eucalyptus CBD Bath Bomb 50mg

UrthLeaf CBD Vape Pen 200mg

UrthLeaf CBD Vape Pen 200mg

I do enjoy a good vape and have tried all types of vape e-liquids from the UK, Malaysia and USA. I like to vape all my e-juices in 3mg nicotine. I find that nicotine makes me feel very agitated and pepped up. I have only vape CBD oil once or twice before. I remember that I had some issues with vaping CBD eliquid on my Uwell and Vopoo vape tanks as they were not very friendly to CBD eliquid. One thing that I really like about the UrthLeaf CBD Vape Pen is that it comes with a battery and a pre-filled CBD cartridge meaning that I do not have to waste any time in shopping for a vape tank and suitable cartridges. There is also no issue to getting the wattage right to get a good vape out of CBD eliquid. Starting off with the appearances, UrthLeaf CBD Vape Pen is very sleek and holds a very luxury appearance. The vape pen’s battery comes in a sleek steel finish and the cartridge is made from glass and not plastic, which really helps to keep all the nasties out and keeps the CBD eliquid pure and unadulterated. The vape is extremely smooth. In the past, I had instances of CBD oil tasting burnt or “not right”. This is something that kept me away from vaping CBD. UrthLeaf definitely do all the heavy lifting my providing a CBD vape pen that is actually configured to vape CBD. You do not have to meddle with any complex settings or controls. All you have to do is take a draw and enjoy. The vape is very smooth and natural. I recommend this CBD vape pen for anyone looking for instant relaxation. CBD oil and capsules take a bit longer to come into effect through ingestion. On the contrary, vaping CBD has a near-immediate effect.

UrthLeaf CBD Vape Pen 200mg

UrthLeaf CBD Products: Final Verdict

During this CBD review, I have discovered that the quality of the CBD products and the claims by UrthLeaf are backed up by their superior quality. At large, UrthLeaf is definitely one of the very best organic CBD brands that I have tasted. The organic theme runs across through the branding and all the way to the quality of UrthLeaf’s CBD products. I found UrthLeaf’s CBD products to be very effective with relieving stress, anxiety, muscular pain, back pain, skins conditions and allergies. However, you do not have to have a condition to take CBD. I find CBD to be a very good way to chillax with some chillout music in the background. I would like to especially recommend UrthLeaf to those people who are looking for a more subtle hemp and CBD brand that does not exactly taste like hemp or shout cannabis! In terms of the prices, UrthLeaf CBD offers a great value for money considering that you are getting an organic product that is handcrafted from highest quality industrial hemp from a select few hemp farms!

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