3 things to look for in quality hemp-infused products
The market for industrial hemp is growing, and it’s growing fast. In a dynamic hemp market, it’s easy to shop the nearest store or online for the first hemp-infused product you see. However, hemp is currently not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has different regulations in every state, leaving it up to the buyer to choose trusted quality products.
So, which hemp-infused products should you buy? Below we created a practical guide with three key things to look out for.
1. A Certificate of Analysis (COA)
A COA helps ensure that a manufacturer’s products are made to specification. COAs are meant to keep customers safe and informed, but they also help emphasize quality and trust.
Is the COA located on the back of the product?
Usually, when a hemp-infused product has a COA, you will find a QR code printed on its package, typically on the back. The QR code will contain a link that will take you to the COA.
2. Third-Party Testing
To ensure you’re buying the best quality hemp-infused product, it is essential that a qualified and reliable laboratory has carried out third-party testing. This is another important aspect of COAs, as third-party testing proves that the product is legitimate and the lab results provided by the company are unbiased. If a company has not or will not share its third-party testing results or its COAs, consider that a huge red flag.
Where can I check for third-party testing on the product?
Since third-party testing is an important aspect of COAs, the same QR code on the back of the product package should take you to the COA and show if a third-party lab result was carried out by a qualified and trustworthy laboratory.
3. Short Ingredient List
The ingredient list on the back of a hemp-infused product should be short and the hemp should ideally be grown using sustainable farming practices in the United States. In addition, a product can add other herbal, botanicals, or active ingredients to make them even more effective. Understanding the ingredient list is critical.
The practical guide above will make certain that the hemp-infused product you ultimately buy – regardless of its form – is of top quality and can help you achieve the results you desire.
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