Compliance, Certifications, Testing, & The CBD Industry

April 09, 2020

The global CBD industry is worth billions of dollars, and according to predictions, there is no sign of its growth slowing anytime soon. Today, however, as CBD is becoming mainstream and more widely accepted, certain things stand companies apart from the rest. It used to be that high-quality CBD brands were the ones that offered transparent access to third-party testing on all of their products. However, as this industry has matured in the last few years, entrepreneurs in the sector have started to learn that third-party testing may not be enough.

The CBD industry has been plagued with what many considered to be CBD snake oil. This simply means that the products did not include what their labeling said. There is also wide scrutiny regarding the testing guidelines of CBD that do not guarantee the contents of the product you are purchasing include what they say they do.

Today CBD consumers are becoming more vigilant about the products that they are buying to consume or apply topically to their bodies. It seems that many consumers prefer products that are produced under cGMP “Current Good Manufacturing Practices” protocols ensuring the highest quality of products starting from seed to sale.

You may be asking yourself, just what is third-party testing and cGMP protocols, and how did they differ? Let’s take a closer look at both of these quality assurances

What is 3rd Party Testing and What Does it Cover?

Third-party testing is precisely as it sounds. It is when a manufacturer of a product has the product tested by an independent 3rd party laboratory that is not related to the manufacturer for various aspects. When it comes to 3rd party testing in the CBD sector, some of the primary things testing covers are listed below.

  • THC Concentration:The THC concentration of CBD products is very vital. CBD products produced from hemp are only allowed to contain a maximum of .03% THC content. Not adhering to this threshold could mean serious legal issues for CBD companies; thus it is a vital aspect of testing.
  • CBD Concentration:The CBD content within CBD products is one of the most important aspects to many consumers. For this reason, it is essential that manufacturers provide testing to validate the CBD content within their products.
  • Presence of Solvents, Pesticides, Herbicides, and Other Compounds:From the time the hemp seed hits the soil and throughout the extraction process, depending on the manufacturer, there is a high chance for exposure to many things including pesticides, herbicides, and solvents. For this reason, it is essential to ensure that all of these aspects are fully purged from the end product and that it is safe for consumption or topical use.

What is cGMP and Its Importance to Consumers?

cGMP or Good Manufacturing Practices are something that companies within many industries must adhere to in order to ensure their product or goods are made to the highest standards for the health and safety of the end consumer.  Good Manufacturing Practices or cGMP ensures the quality of not only the product from start to finish, but also the processes it goes through, how various aspects are handled as well as the safety and cleanliness of those involved in the multiple areas of production from start to finish. In the CBD industry, to receive a cGMP certification, companies must adhere to stringent restrictions all the way from the time the hemp seed is planted, through the entire cultivation and extraction process all the way until the consumer purchases the product.

For CBD consumers, companies that adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices are highly trusted as they provide a peace of mind for those utilizing the product that what they are consuming is safe and of the highest quality. While 3rd party testing can show you the basic content and purity of your product, cGMP certifications ensure that your product was manufactured in the cleanest, safest, and purest way possible by individuals upholding good hygiene and safety practices.

Why GMP Certified CBD Companies Will Flourish in the Future

As the FDA further regulates the CBD market and local health departments enforce stricter guidelines, the CBD companies that are already following strict guidelines will be the most likely to flourish in the coming years. As it stands today, there are several things that hemp producers, extractors, product manufacturers, and distributors must do to stay compliant with local, state, and federal laws.

However, as various aspects of the CBD industry become more highly regulated, such as infused edible products/ingestibles and health/beauty products, companies looking to succeed will have to adhere to even more stringent regulations and manufacturing practices. For this reason, the companies that are already taking the extra step to ensure the quality of their products and the safety of their consumers will flourish within the sector as these restrictions and guidelines will simply be second nature.

How Ultradiol Nano CBD is Going Above and Beyond for CBD Consumers

Here at Ultradiol, we adhere to cGMP protocols. We also provide transparent third-party testing for our proprietary UltraGELS. Not only do we strive to offer the most transparent and highest quality of products to our consumers, but we also strive to provide the best delivery methods for you to obtain the most benefits from CBD possible.

As we previously discussed in an article regarding bioavailability and dosage of CBD, we detail how regular CBD offers a much lower bioavailability compared to our nano-CBD products. Unlike other Nano CBD products, the magic of UltraGELS lies within the proprietary technology behind the shell in which the oil is contained. If you're ready to truly experience the power of CBD from a company striving to offer consumers the best product possible, we invite you to try our CBD UltraGELS today.