CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m wrapping up my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. As I’ve already mentioned, the Cannabis industry is not yet regulated. This lack of government regulation means there is no standard for the labels of Cannabis products, including CBD oils & tinctures.

A CBD product label should tell you the total amount of CBD in the product. This is commonly displayed as the amount of CBD in milligrams. This is the amount of CBD in the entire bottle, but it’s not a measurement of the product’s strength or potency.

Most CBD oils & tinctures come in 0.5 ounce (15 ml), 1 ounce (30 ml), or 3.3 ounce (100 ml) sizes. To calculate a products potency, divide the total amount of CBD in the bottle by the size of the bottle in millilitres. For example, a 30 millilitre bottle with 750 milligrams of CBD has a potency of 25 milligrams per millilitre (mg/ml). So that means a 30 ml bottle with 1000 mg of CBD has the same potency as a 15 ml bottle with 500 mg of CBD. In both bottles, there are 33.3 milligrams of CBD per millilitre.

A label should tell you if the product is full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate.  If not that information should be online on the company’s product page, also look for a third party analysis report.

Some labels have a recommended serving size, but it’s not written in stone. When trying any new CBD product, it’s best to start with a small amount & increase slowly until you find what’s best for your good dog.

A CBD product label should also tell you what other ingredients are in the product, such as which carrier oil was used. The most common carrier oils used with CBD tinctures & oils are coconut MCT oil, hemp seed oil & olive oil.

The product label should also list other ingredients, including any other beneficial herbs, artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors. Be sure to check the ingredients before purchasing a product if you have any dietary preferences or allergies.

I hope I’ve shed some light on this budding new industry. To sum up, do your due diligence, always look for a third party analysis certificate & most importantly, reach out to the company if you still have questions. Reputable companies will be more than happy to educate you.

Below are links to this whole deep dig series.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here continuing my deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. Today I’m barking about understanding the impawtance of third party analysis certificate (COA) that any trustworthy CBD company should have public access to. If you see a company not providing COA’s, you’d best keep on walking.

When you see a COA, you’re going to see a lot of information, for example:

    • Cannabinoids: These are the naturally occurring compounds found primarily in the flowers & leaves of the hemp plant. CBD & THC are measured as well as several other cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBN & CBC. COA will tell you exactly how much.
    • Microbial: This test ensures that the product doesn’t have microbiological contamination such as bacteria (E. Coli or Salmonella), yeast or molds.
    • Residual Solvents & Heavy Metals:  Many hemp-derived CBD products don’t pass tests for things like Lead, methyl mercury or arsenic because of the soil they were grown in. Cannabis should be grown on farms that have passed extensive soil & water testing.
    • Pesticides: Anything you spray on a cannabis plant will show up in tests. Hopefully, that means no pesticides will be found in the product COA. You want purity.

Not every lab use the same units of measurement. Some labs test for mg per mL, some test for parts per million, while yet other tests are based on percentages. Before you can understand the lab results, it is important to know which method of measurement the lab used, the amount of the product provided for the testing & the actual sample size.

Here is an example of what a Certificate of Analysis looks like.

Next week I’ll be finishing off this deep dig by sniffing out how to interpret the label on a CBD oil or tincture bottle & compare what the label claims are to the COA results. I know this has been a confusing journey at times but I hope when we’re done you’ll be able to confidently make the best choice when buying a CBD oil, tincture or extract for your good dog.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?

 

CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

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Hello everyone CEO Olivia here continuing our deep dig into CBD, cannabinoids & endocannabinoids. Today I’m barking about knowing what’s in the bottle.

The CBD industry has exploded in the last few years & governments are still catching up. In many places, CBD oils & tinctures are still not regulated which means no one in authority is checking to see if what’s being claimed on the label is actually what’s inside the bottle. Unethical CBD manufacturers inflate or lie about the CBD content in their products. Worse they may be selling products that may be contaminated with heavy metals or pesticides, or who knows what.

Before purchasing, there’s something you need to do called, “due diligence”. It’s a fancy way of saying do some digging & sniffing (research) before buying. First, make sure the company has a good reputation. Ask your circle of friends what they use for their good dogs. Google some reviews of a product your considering as well.

Another important step is to check for something called, third party testing. Simply put, the CBD manufacturer hires an independent company to test & verify the quality & potency of a CBD oil or tincture.  This isn’t mandatory, but it’s a big step in a company being transparent with it’s customers.

Third party tests can determine the concentration of any cannabinoids, including CBD & THC. This is used to confirm that the amount of CBD or THC listed on the bottle label is accurate.

Third party labs also routinely test for the presence of heavy metals such as lead or mercury. Biological contaminants such as molds, fungi, parasites, or bacteria are also looked for. This ensures a clean, pure oil or tincture.

If you are looking at a CBD oil with no mention of third party lab tests, you need to ask yourself what they’re hiding. Until governments set out standards, the CBD industry has to self regulate, so third party testing key.

Next week I’ll be barking about what should be included in those analyses & how read them.  As I’ve said above, without government regulations, there’s no standard yet as to how things are measured which can cause consumer confusion.

CEO Olivia

Part 1 – CBDs, Cannabinoids, Endocannabinoids & Canines

Part 2 – What is Cannabis?

Part 3 – How CBD Is Extracted?

Part 4 – CBD Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum & Isolates

Part 5 – CBD Oils & Tinctures, What’s In the Bottle?

Part 6 – Understanding a CBD Certificate of Analysis

Part 7 – CBD Oils, What Should Be On the Label?