Read our frequently asked questions on hemp! Feel free to comment, let us know how these have helped you or send a question that may be added to the list.
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What can I expect with my hemp flower order?
Select items from our store, once you have everything you’d like, let us check you out! Order online directly with us and within three business days, you will receive an email with your tracking number. The flower is packaged in premium white heat-sealed bags with windows to keep your terpenes fresh. Pre-rolls are packaged in hemp plastic tubes that are eco-friendly. Items are put in the appropriate priority box and shipped the same day of tracking number notification. Feel free to call us at 844-GRW-HEMP and place your order over the phone. We accept payments via Square, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
What does the certificate of analysis tell you?
The Certificate of Analysis can be unclear; let’s clarify the components of a COA. Shopping for CBD products, you’ve probably heard about third party testing. Since the cannabis industry is mostly unregulated, these COA’s give details as to what the lab reports say from your products’ particular batch of the garden.
Why are COA’s important? A COA provides testing results for impurities such as bacteria, mold, and pesticides in addition to testing the amount of CBD, so you know your CBD is both potent and pure. COA’s also provide us with detailed information regarding the batch and lot numbers of each product.
What compounds will you be looking for in a CBD lab report?
Each COA also provides quality analysis information for each batch, direct from our third-party labs. You can access these documents at any time for peace of mind regarding the quality of our hemp CBD extract products.
For a full-spectrum CBD oil, labs report the main compounds. (Note the “good” ingredients with a (_) and the “bad” ingredients – the ones you don’t want to see in your CBD oil – with a (|).
_CBD. The main chemical compound that you want to look for in the third part lab report is CBD (which is sometimes listed by its scientific name cannabidiol). Other cannabinoids. CBD itself is a cannabinoid, but it’s far from the only one present in the cannabis or hemp plant. Other cannabinoids to look for in third-party lab reports are *CBC, ^THC, *THCA, *CBG, *CBDA, and *CBN. (Of course, though, if you’re looking for a CBD oil that doesn’t produce a high, you’ll want to make sure it has zero THC). *Also, be advised that many reports won’t list the full cannabinoid profile. So if you don’t see CBC, THCA, CBG, CBDA, or CBN listed on the report, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad CBD oil, it just means the other cannabinoids didn’t show up on the chromatograph.*
| Pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, and fertilizers. In case you need any clarification, you do NOT want to see any pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones, or fertilizers show up in the third-party lab report. The best CBD oils will be 100% free of any of these potentially harmful byproducts.
| Microbes. The term “microbe” in itself is very vague, as there are millions of different species of microbial organisms out there, both good and bad. In general, though, you don’t want any living organisms present in your CBD oil. So if microbes show up in the third-party lab report, your best bet is to steer clear.
| Chemical solvents. A major one to keep an eye on. If the lab report lists ANY form of glycols – especially polyethylene glycol (PEG) or propylene glycol (PG), stay far, far away. These are chemical solvents that can break down into carcinogenic (cancer-causing) aldehydes such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.
Verified ingredients: (these were the actual base ingredients tested to be present in the sample tincture) – MCT oil; hemp seed oil; CO2 cinnamon extract (for flavoring); peppermint essential oil.
Active cannabinoid profile: (this is the most important one for determining the actual presence/potency of CBD) – 100 mg CBD (*with an allowable variation of +/- 10%); 0% THC (so in other words, the sample product tested exactly as it was labeled). No other cannabinoids were listed on the report.
Heavy metal content. ‘Heavy metal’ content refers to the presence of certain metal elements that are known to be toxic or cause hazards to human health. The 100 mg Elixinol sample tested for Arsenic (As) 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 1.5 ppm) Cadmium (Cd) < 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 25 ppm) Mercury (Hg) < 0.01 ppm (*acceptable limit 15 ppm) Lead (Pb) 0.06 ppm (*acceptable limit 5 ppm). *To be clear, the “acceptable limit” indicates the amount that is acceptable per unit of volume. As you can see, the actual volumes in this sample were nearly 100x less than the official acceptable limit.*
Microbiology results: 3M Petrifilm was used on the sample Elixinol CBD oil, and results showed that it tested negative for E. coli and Salmonella, and tested at less than 10 cfu/g for the total Coliform count – easily within the mandated “acceptable values.” Pesticides and Herbicides (tested using HPLC mass spectrometry): the Elixinol sample was deemed 100% clear of 24 common pesticides, including Abamectin, Spinosad, Imazalil, and Carbaryl. (*If a pesticide or herbicide is tested positive in a strain that you’re considering purchasing, we would recommend making sure that it’s under the federally-mandated limits, which you can find by checking regulatory information on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website database.
Final Thoughts on How to Read CBD Third Party Lab Reports When it all comes down to it, CBD third-party lab reports are pretty straightforward and simple to read as long as you know the compounds that you should be looking for, and the ones you should likely expect to find in the raw material.
In addition to the CBD, for example, you may expect to find other cannabinoids like CBN, CNC, CBG and THCA on your list. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that the sample doesn’t contain any THC – especially if you have an impending drug test that you’re worried about passing.
Also, you’ll want to use the CBD third-party lab report to verify that the sample is free of any pesticides or herbicides, is within the acceptable limit of heavy metal and microbe content, and what carrier oil is used (typically olive, coconut, or MCT oil which is a natural derivative of coconut oil).
Can I visit Humble Bee Gardens?
Although we would like to show you our gardens, a clean facility is of the utmost importance. We humbly decline, sorry.
Do you supply clones?
Yes, as long as you have the required registration/license permitting you to grow hemp and provide us with that registration/license. Please refer to the clone purchase agreement, you will be responsible to coordinate your transportation.