These days you can buy CBD products at national retailers (including Walgreens, CVS, and Whole Foods Market), your local street fair, or even the gas station. I asked Chris Martinez, president of the cannabis-testing facility Kayche Labs (and chair of the Florida Hemp Council), how to make sure you purchase quality stuff.
Ask for lab results
“Any reputable seller should have had a full compliance panel test done by a third party,” Martinez says. A store or vendor may show copies of lab results upon request. If there’s no hard copy, look for a QR code on the product, if you’re buying online, look for a direct link. No lab results? “Do not buy it.” Martinez says.
A lab will test for potency, pesticides, microbes, residual solvents, and heavy metals, to protect consumers and patients from taking harmful contaminated products. “The test should clearly indicate that the product has passed each segment for cleanliness and potency, with a tested date and expiration date on the report,” Martinez says.
Check the credentials
Look for watermarks on the lab results, Martinez says, and be wary of documents that look photoshopped.