Do you really know what's in your CBD oil?

The only way to know is by testing with an ISO Accredited lab, otherwise and unfortunately, you might be drinking salad oil. The placebo effect is a powerful thing, however,paying for placebo should not come at such a heavy cost. As a consumer and according to the FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland), you should be suspicious of normally expensive items at dramatically low prices.

There are many laborious processes required to develop high-grade CBD oil and one of those processes is testing with world-class labs. The importance of testing cannot be overstated. This is the one area that distinguishes betweenhigh-quality CBD oil and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is very nutritious;however, the seeds do not contain any cannabinoids and any claims to the contrary lack scientific credibility and should be subject to suspicion.

We would like to explain a number of important things regarding the testing of CBD products and oils, more specifically cannabinoid testing and certification.There appears to be a lot of confusion in the market, and we understand that testing is crucial to the integrity of a high-quality and efficacious product.You want to know and should know precisely, what you are getting when you pay good money for a product.

First things first; the extraction or processing method does not affect how the material is tested, i.e. no matter what method of processing was used to produce CBD oil, all methods for testing of cannabinoids should arrive at the same conclusion. It is scientifically inaccurate to state otherwise.

The methods of analysis will vary from lab to lab, however, the matrices, i.e.oils, concentrates, edibles, cosmetics, plant material, powders or other, does not affect what method is used for analysis. Distillates, extracts and concentrates are all oil matrices. They are all essentially comprised oflong-chain fatty acids and terpenes, so the methods of analysis do not affect the outcome of detection. The way the labs test is by obtaining what is called the ‘standard’ profile for each cannabinoid. The standard is a pharmaceutically pure form (99.9%) of each compound (cannabinoids in this case), and it is used to calibrate analytical equipment. This 'standard' is like a template of each cannabinoid so that the equipment can identify, detect and ultimately, quantify the percentage of target molecules within a matrice. The main validation methods are gas chromatography (GC) liquid chromatography (LC) with UV spectrophotometric or mass spectrometry (MS) detection. In general, LC-basedanalysis is preferred over GC analysis, as LC allows more comprehensive cannabinoid profiling. Nonetheless, both methods will have reasonably similar outcomes.

This is an area that we have carried out a lot of work and have agovernment-funded Innovation Partnership with a leading research centre, thePMBRC (Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre), that is investigating processing and analysis of cannabinoids.

However, we at CB1 Botanicals, test with the leading lab for cannabinoid analysis - Eurofins. They are the FDA referee lab and ISO Accredited for cannabinoid analysis. Testing with an ISO Accredited lab is crucial to the efficacy of a product. Eurofins test to international standards under the AOAC(Advanced International Method Standardisation), for the quantification of cannabinoids in cannabis dried plant materials, concentrates and oils, throughliquid-chromatography-diode array detection technique with optional mass spectrometric detection. We at CB1 Botanicals always welcome questions about all things CBD.