How To Read CBD Oil Third Party Lab Reports

Confused By CBD Oil Lab Reports?

The only way to truly know what’s in a bottle of CBD oil is to read the CBD oil third party lab reports. Third party lab results will tell you important things like the purity of the product, the cannabinoid and terpene profile and whether harmful toxins may be present.

Since they provide such valuable product information, we recommend that you only buy CBD oil from companies who make third party lab reports readily available. All reputable brands make them easily available either on their website or upon request.

But reading CBD oil third party labs can often be a challenge even for experienced users. The purpose of this article is to explain the different sections commonly found in third party lab reports to help you read and interpret them.

 Cannabinoid Profile & Potency Testing

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in cannabis. This section of the lab report tells you which cannabinoids were detected in the test and at what levels. You’ll see separate line items for cannabinoids including CBD, THC, CBG, CBC and CBN.

This section is important because it tells you exactly how much CBD is in the product. It’s also very helpful if you are looking for products with higher or lower levels of certain cannabinoids.

Heavy Metal, Mycotoxin & Pesticide Testing

It’s obviously important to know that the product doesn’t include harmful levels of metals, pesticides and other substances that could cause negative side effects. These sections of the lab report will show detected levels of each substance. And will generally give a “PASS” or “FAIL” status for each one based on acceptable limits.

Residual Solvents Testing

This section shows detected levels of residual solvents such as propane, butane, pentane and other potentially dangerous solvents.

Terpene Profile

Terpenes are the naturally-occurring oils that give cannabis its aromatic and flavor diversity. Like cannabinoids, terpenes bind to receptors in the brain and have various effects. Different products have different terpene profiles. So this section is important to see what terpenes were detected in the product and at what levels.

CBD Oil Third Party Lab Report Example

Below is a sample third party lab report.

In the Cannabinoid Profile & Potency section (Figure 1), you can see the weight and concentration of each cannabinoid. The Max CBD in the product is listed as 56.61 mg/mL. Since there are 30 milliliters in an ounce, you can calculate the total CBD in the product per ounce by multiplying 56.61 x 30 = 1,698.

You can also see the Max THC of 0.15% to confirm that it’s under the legal limit of 0.30% to qualify as CBD oil from hemp.

Cannabinoid Profile Section of Third Party Lab Report Figure 1: Cannabinoid Profile & Potency

Results of heavy metal, mycotoxin and pesticide testing are shown in Figures 2a and 2b. All tested elements show a status of “PASS.”

Heavy Metals Testing Figure 2a: Heavy Metal & Mycotoxin Testing

Pesticide Analysis from Third Party Lab Reports Figure 2b: Pesticide Analysis

In Figure 3, the analysis for residual solvents and shows no detected levels of those. The “notes” section of that report show it to be free from visual mold, mildew and foreign matter.
Residual Solvents Testing Analysis Figure 3: Residual Solvents Testing
Figure 4 shows the Terpenes Profile. It shows the primary aromas of the product and a total terpenes weight of 0.64%. It shows levels of each terpene and indicates a particularly high level of Myrcene.
Terpenes Profile Page from Third Party Lab Reports Figure 4: Terpenes Profile


Hopefully this article has helped you gain a better understanding of CBD oil third party lab reports. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or ask us in the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook.

Brian Peterson

Brian Peterson has been a CBD consumer advocate and educator since 2015. He is the founder and managing editor of the website. He's also the lead administrator of the CBD Oil Users Group, the largest CBD group on Facebook. His passion is educating consumers so that they can make their own decisions when purchasing and using CBD products.

  1. This is an excellent article with a lot of useful information. A lot of new CBD buyers should read this article before making a purchase. Thank you!

  2. Very good info. Dosage info for different products add to the confusion I’m feeling. For instance, I have a bottle of 40 gummies and it states there is 750 ml of cbd in the total jar. Logic says I’m getting 18.75 ml per Gummy. I take one in the evening for insomnia. This company’s lab reports says the max active cbd is .26. Since I have nothing to compare this to, I don’t know if that good or not.
    Is it? Or should I be looking at some other category? Thanks for any insight you can give.

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