How to read a Lab Report and what to look out for
CBD Lab Reports often show a % weight for weight measurement instead of mg.
What does this mean?
The % weight for weight calculation starts by weighing the capsule as a whole, including the shell. This is a total of 0.97mg, the shell weighs half. Next, they extract the oil from the capsule and begin testing.
To work out the cannabinoid content from a lab report by taking the % w/w value, which is 4.6 in the lab report to our right, then divide it by 100. Then multiply it by the weight of the capsule, roughly 0.48 and then multiply that by 1000 to give the mg.
4.6/100 x 0.48 x 1000 = 22.08
That equals 22mg inside this capsule. Adact does advise that there is a little bit of a variable with testing but that’s the method of how you can work it out. Our capsules are a Full Spectrum product so other cannabinoids are present within the lab report and there will also be trace amounts of others that don’t get picked up by the lab report because of small the content and the sample size.
What to quickly check in a Lab Report
The legal limit of THC is 1mg per bottle. In the lab report shown, you can see that the THC content is under the detectable limit.
Check the CBD has the highest content if you are buying a CBD product.
Check the THC content isn’t over 1mg per closed container, to ensure it is a legal product.
Scanning the QR Code at the bottom will show the certification and who it was provided by.
Broad Spectrum products don’t have any THC content in them. If you see lab reports with no THC in them and they have multiple cannabinoids present, this will be a broad spectrum. These products are ideal for athletes who have regular drug testing.
Full Spectrum will have more than 2 cannabinoids present, including CBD and THC at very different levels. CBD is normally the most present while THC will be below 1mg in accordance with UK law. Full Spectrum is important for the “entourage effect”. There are many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, including CBD, CBG, CBN, CBDA, CBGA, CBC and the list goes on.
Isolates, If you see a lab report with only one cannabinoid detected (normally CBD), this usually means it is an Isolate product. This is used in cosmetic products because of its form. Isolates are not legal for products intended for oral use. Isolates are usually cheaper but require much higher doses than a full spectrum product.
What's a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are the natural chemical compounds that occur in cannabis plants. The main Cannabinoid that is grabbing attention is CBD, this is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. On the other end of the spectrum, we have THC, which is known for its psychoactive effects and is probably the cannabinoid most people were aware of.
The first cannabinoid was discovered by Dr Raphael Mechoulam, only in 1964, this is still a very early science even though we have used hemp for over 10,000 years.
In basic terms, Cannabinoids are the natural cells of the cannabis plant.
Dr Raphael Mechoulam AKA “The Godfather of Cannabis”