Users of CBD products can attach a great deal of importance to the degree of purity found in the items they purchase and consume. The issues of lab-tested and verifiable CBD potency, types of ingredients and the presence of contaminants can play a significant role in what products are chosen. Visitors to the Verified CBD website can review product ingredient lists on the individual item pages and also download PDF-format COFAs (certificate of analysis spec. sheets) for all of the company’s products except for their CBD skin creams, vape oil, dog treats and gummies.
The downloadable COFAs were issued by the third-party lab that performed the tests, ProVerde Laboratories in Milford, MA. Although the testing lab’s website states that they test “cannabis and hemp for harmful contaminants such as mold, mildew, bacteria, heavy metals and pesticides in an effort to ensure product sold or processed is safe to consume,” the COFA sheets only contain testing results for the concentrations of cannabinoids, CBD and THC found in the product. These particular results serve to back up Verified CBD’s claim of a product purity level at least 80 percent or greater and also provide the legal foundation to sell the product (CBD products must contain no greater than 0.3 percent THC in order to be sold legally in all 50 states). Those potential purchasers who are somewhat demanding regarding biological contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals in the products they use may, however, be disappointed. No contaminant testing result reporting appears on the downloadable COFAs for any of the Verifiable CBD products tested.
The Verified CBD website claims that their products are tested for “pesticides, heavy metals and microbiological contamination” and that “advanced HPLC (HPLC-DAD) equipment” is employed “as in leading U.S. labs.” It is also noted that “products are manufactured and tested in a GMP certified top-grade PETA Cruelty Free facility based in Miami, Florida, USA.” This would lead readers to assume that the contaminant testing is being performed in-house rather than by a third party such as the lab in Milford, MA. It can be further assumed that there is some sound reasoning behind this; in-house QC testing means that the manufacturer can be (as stated) “certain that any abnormalities are immediately reported” and then dealt with quickly. How each individual purchaser will respond to the lack of reviewable contaminant-testing results may, however, depend on how vital the issue is in relation to their personal product-purity expectations.