At Cloud CO. Farms, accurate testing of the product is essential to ensure our products have the highest levels of quality, potency and purity. We use professional 3rd party labs to measure CBD levels using state of the art High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) equipment. In addition to testing CBD levels, we test for residual solvents and pesticides.
Solvents can be used for extraction of CBD when the plant material is turned into oil. High concentrations of solvents can lead to unpleasant health effects and or result in an unsafe product that could be volatile. We run this test to verify that there are no detectable solvents.
We first test for Potency to ascertain the exact amount of Cannabinoids in the product. CBD is not the only Cannabinoid in cannabis, there are over 600 known Cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and a lab test is essential to confirm the level of Cannabinoids to determine the potency and confirm the lawfulness of the products. We test for CBD, CBDA CBC, THC, THCA CBG and CBN. We primarily want a high potency CBD product but it’s also essential to have small amounts of the other Cannabinoids as it is the synergistic quality also known as the entourage effect of these compounds that makes it truly effective.
We also test for pesticides which is important to analyse so we have assure the safety and purity of the cannabis. If the plant has been treated with pesticides a final product containing a significant concentration of these could cause unwanted side effects. We only use cannabis that is grown organically as nature intended but continue to test for these pesticides to verify our product is organic.