Using CBD lab reports

Why you should use lab reports?

We always recommend buying high quality, high strength CBD from suppliers who provide 3rd party lab reports. The best UK CBD for sale, will always be sold with 3rd party lab reports available.

In fact we would advise that if CBD is being sold without lab reports, it and the vendor should be ignored.

There are so many providers, often importing “CBD” from china with no 3rd party verification that the consumer may think they are buying CBD but are in bad cases just buying olive oil and in the worst case buying dangerous chemical products.

Lets take a look at what to look at what to look out for on a lab report. 

  • CBD: Duh, right? The main chemical compound that you want to see in third part lab reports is CBD
  • Other cannabinoids: CBD itself is a cannabinoid, but it’s far from the only one present in the cannabis or hemp plant. Other cannabinoids to look for in third part lab reports are *CBC, ^THC, *THCA, *CBG, *CBDA, and *CBN. 
  • Pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, and fertilizers: In case you need any clarification, you do NOT want to see any pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, or fertilizers show up in the third party lab report.
  • Microbes: The term “microbe” in itself is very vague, as there are millions of different species of microbial organisms out there, both good and bad. In general, though, you don’t want any living organisms present in your CBD oil. So if microbes show up in the third party lab report, your best bet is to steer clear.
  • Chemical solvents: This is a major one to keep an eye out for. If the lab report lists ANY form of glycols – especially polyethylene glycol (PEG) or propylene glycol (PG), stay far, far away. These are chemical solvents that can break down into carcinogenic (cancer-causing) aldehydes such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.
  •  Heavy metals: This is a major one to keep an eye out for and a problem that has plagued Chinese CBD imports. Heavy metals can be carcinogenic and come with a whole range of health problems. Avoid!

Example lab reports?

The below are extracts from the lab report for our 5% CBD drops.


Active cannabinoid profile: (this is the most important one for determining the actual presence/potency of CBD) – 500 mg CBD (*with an allowable variation of +/- 15%); 0% THC (so in other words, the sample product tested exactly as it was labeled).

Heavy metal content.‘Heavy metal’ content refers to the presence of certain metal elements that are known to be toxic or cause hazards to human health. The sample tested for:

  • Arsenic (As) 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 1.5 ppm)
  • Cadmium (Cd) < 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 25 ppm)
  • Mercury (Hg) < 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 15 ppm)
  • Lead (Pb) 0.06 ppm (*acceptable limit 5 ppm)

This sample passes the “acceptable limit” . Where the acceptable limit indicates the amount that is acceptable per unit of volume – as you can see, the actual volumes in this sample were nearly 100x less than the official acceptable limit.

Microbiology results: The above table tests the drops for living pathogens and the results showed that it tested negative for E. coli and Salmonella,

Extracts from our lab reports are available in the images of all our products