Why We Bother With CBD Lab Testing

When you go out to eat, you expect that the restaurant/cafe/pizza joint follows safe food handling and hygiene practices because if they didn't there are regulating bodies that will close them down. The same is true of cosmetics. You trust that that new mascara won't ruin your eyes because there are regulations in place to ensure that it doesn't contain harmful stuff. But what about CBD?

The CBD industry is relatively new, and there are not a lot of formal requirements in place for its manufacture anywhere in the world yet, although that is likely to change at some point in the future. THC levels are monitored, for some serious legal reasons, but other variables are less regulated.  For now, consumers are being asked to trust products that may not be quite as they seem. Which is kind of scary to say the least.

It does not have to be that way though. Responsible CBD manufacturers and distributors like Dr Watson CBD take their responsibilities seriously and go above and beyond the basic legal requirements to present a product range that is as safe, and effective as possible. One of the biggest ways that's done is via independent lab testing.

What's CBD Lab Testing?

CBD lab testing is pretty much what it sounds like. Representative samples of CBD are sent to independent testing labs so that they can be scrutinized by an unbiased third party professionals. These pros are looking at more than just ensuring that the CBD meets the legal requirements for THC though. So what are they asked to access? All the following, and this is just for a start.

CBD Levels

CBD is big news. And it's showing up everywhere. No just in liquid form, or as a vape liquid or a supplement. It's (supposedly) added to everything from coffee and tea to ice cream, sweets and even shampoo (!) However, the levels of CBD in many products is far from what the consumer might expect they are getting, and, in some cases, what the labelling and marketing might lead them to believe.

By having an independent lab confirm that the levels of CBD a product is claimed to have is accurate consumers can be better assured they really are getting what they are paying for.

THC Levels

As you probably know, THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis plants that causes intoxication. Aka gets you high. And in most places it's illegal. Regulations state that CBD products can only be considered legal if they contain 0.3 percent THC or less. Third party testing confirms that this is the case so that consumers can take their CBD secure in the knowledge that they are not accidentally breaking the law.


Plants grow in soil, and soil contains contaminants. Therefore, if it's not properly extracted and purified so can CBD. Independent lab testing confirms how pure CBD products are so that those who use them can feel safer doing so.

If you want to see Dr Watson CBD product lab results and certificates, we display them prominently on our website. We do so because we want you read them, as we want you to trust our products. And any good CBD product manufacturer should do the same. And if they don’t? Then you might want to shop elsewhere. 

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