Since delta-8 THC is legal in most states, it’s accessible and convenient. The only responsibility we have as consumers is to research the product and manufacturer. After all, it is something we’re putting in our bodies! Before purchasing, the most important thing to confirm is that your delta-8 product has been quality tested by a third party.
What do labs look for in a delta-8 product?
Third-party lab testing ensures there are no solvents, pesticides or other impurities in the product. Some delta-8 oils have non-cannabinoid fillers that dilute the product, and some can even be harmful. Labs will confirm in tests that there are no ingredients other than cannabinoids and terpenes.
Additionally, labs will look closely at chemicals that may have remained in the product after the extraction process. Chemicals like solvents and pesticides are often used in the early stages of growing and extracting, but in order to be safe for consumption, there can’t be a single trace left in the final product.
How is delta-8 lab tested?
Companies or individuals selling delta-8 are responsible for getting their product tested thoroughly. They do this by simply sending a sample of their extract to an external lab that specializes in verifying the quality of hemp. The lab tests the products, generates the reports, and sends them back to the company. Then (if the product is determined to be high quality) the company will make the test results available to consumers. This is why it’s important that test results are easy to find—if they’re not, they probably don’t exist or weren’t posted deliberately.
Delta-8 is a great alternative to traditional medicine, and even to typical THC. All it takes to feel safe and confident with your choice of delta-8 is to locate the third-party lab test results. If you can’t find them, move on to the next product!