In 2018, thousands of people were affected by a wave of illnesses caused by the use of black market vape pens. It was a horrible, unforeseen, tragic development: one that some speculate was brought on by the inclusion of thickening agent Vitamin E Acetate, which was identified in all the incriminating vape products.
It is crucial that you ALWAYS check the ingredient lists and lab reports provided to you with every CBD item you purchase. The information given to you via a lab report might not make immediate sense, and you’ll potentially need to read up a bit on how to best read them. That being said, it still contains valuable information that one should always consider before making a final purchase.
Here are five reasons why you should always check the ingredients list and the lab report before purchasing a CBD product:
#1. No Need To Play The Guessing Game
If you’re a CBD nerd, you may or may not want to know about the terpene profile in a certain cannabidiol product. For instance, Limonene is a terpene found in certain CBD products that can also be traced back to rosemary and peppermint.
The Product Overview allows customers to know exactly what is in the products they’re consuming. Does the product contain full spectrum CBD? Is there a THC to CBD ratio? Any phytocannabinoids that you want to know about? The overview – containing both the lab report and the essential ingredients – is really the only way to find out.
2. Easier To Identify Sensory Details Of A Product
There is, without a doubt, a sense-based pleasure to be derived from many of our favorite CBD products. This is difficult to deny. Some of us are partial to the coconut essence of certain CBD lotions, while others are drawn toward the tart citrus notes of CBD tinctures. Making sense of an ingredient list and the official lab report – and the details contained therein – is a part of understanding why certain CBD products taste the way they do, or how they produce a certain kind of sensation.
For instance, did you know that charcoal has cleansing capabilities? That’s why it’s an ingredient in many CBD-based skin products. Come to think of it, if you’re using a CBD skin product, you can check the ingredients list to make sure that there are no ingredients that might cause you to break out or have any kind of reaction. Again, the ingredient list is the only way to know for sure!
3. Lab-Tested Products Are Safest
At the end of the day, it really does come down to legitimacy. I mean, are you going to trust a product that has been handled and approved by trusted specialists in a professional facility? Or are you just going to gobble down any secondhand gummy that someone offers you?
Fostering trust in a product is everything. Familiarizing yourself with ingredients and the intricacies of the language featured in most lab reports helps you do just that. Remember, most CBD companies are interested in building out their customer base. They’re interested in longevity, and they don’t acquire longevity by manufacturing shoddy products and hiding lab reports from customers. Better safe than sorry, we say.
Having “lab results” very literally means that the product in question was tested in a third-party lab by a group of independent professionals who’ve been doing this type of work for a long time. If you encounter any problems with the products you purchase, that’s what the lab results are there for – to refer to so that you may find a solution.
4. CBD Is Still In Its “Frontier” Phase
It’s important to bear in mind that cannabidiol is still a burgeoning industry, meaning that it hasn’t been subjected to full regulation just yet. While most top-tier brands are transparent about their business models, smaller brands with less interest in sticking to the CBD industry for the long run might try to manufacture products that don’t meet the standards set by those around them. Lab reports ensure the purity of a product, and when they’re performed by an independent group, they gain a credibility that should allow you to place faith in them. After all, there are official requirements that these companies have to meet!
When you take time to assess and understand a lab report, you can make sure that what you’re putting into your system is of the highest possible quality. Since the marketplace is loosely regulated in some areas, it is imperative that customers educate themselves on what exactly is in the products they enjoy.
5. Transparency Is Key
There is most certainly a black market for vape pens and juices, and this market is dangerous for everyone involved with it, especially its consumers. Without lab reports or ingredient lists, neither of which a black market vape pen is likely to provide you with, you don’t know what is actually going into the product you’re about to purchase. One of the undeniable benefits of legal cannabidiol is that everybody knows what they’re getting – lab reports and ingredient lists are a huge part of that.
Lab reports go deep into detail regarding the assorted compounds that make each CBD hemp-based product different from the next. You’ll also be able to monitor the traceability of certain cannabinoids, and define certain recurring ingredients. It’s also a chance for you to be discriminating, in a good way. Most big CBD companies strive for this transparency, but there will always be smaller, less regulated businesses who don’t provide the necessary materials to verify the safety of their products and the ingredients they use.
Even if it ends up costing a little more to purchase from a legitimate company, consider it a worthy investment. If your body responds strangely to a certain CBD product, you’ll be able to narrow your search down using the lab report and ingredients list, figure out what the problem is and apply whatever knowledge you glean to the next purchase you make.
The lesson here is this: take time to learn about the products you’re using. Always read the fine print, and learn about the granular details that will give you a more comprehensive and accurate assessment of the CBD product that you’re using. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
Thanks for reading, and we hope you learned something here today!