Understanding LXR Lab Reports
In our efforts to be the most transparent and trustworthy CBD company, LXR publishes the analytical lab reports from all of our product batches.
For those of us who are not scientists you could well be wondering exactly what that all means.
This blog post will explain everything you need to know about LXR lab reports.
What is a "batch code"?
Every time we we make a “batch” of a product it is referred to as a batch. Each batch has its own unique identifying code. This is called the “batch code” and is displayed on the label attached to every bottle.
Once we launch a batch onto the market our customers are able to reference the test results for that specific batch using the batch code.
When a batch is nearly sold out we will manufacture the next batch. This new batch will have a different code and will be tested again. Over time, multiple batch codes will appear on our lab report page.
What does an analytical testing laboratory do?
From every batch we make, we send a sample bottle to an analytical testing laboratory. Here the product is tested to see what is exactly in the bottle. So when we say a product is 10% CBD we have the certificate to prove it.
We use a laboratory called Eurofins. Eurofins are a leader in testing and mostly tests food. They have recently moved into testing for cannabinoids. In our view they are the best in the industry.
Understanding lab reports
Each batch we make has its own lab report.
Here’s an example of a lab report.
Here’s some information to look out for on our reports.
- Sample name - verify that the name reflects the product you own. In this case “10% Day”.
- Lot number - this should match the batch code that is displayed on the label of your product.
- Report date - this is the date that we received the report.
- Receipt date - this is the date that Eurofins received the sample from us. Normally this will be within 48 hours of the batch being manufactured.
- Analysis - this is where the lab indicates what and how much of the different cannabinoids are in the product. This is what is referred to as the cannabinoid profile.
More details on the analysis results
Inside cannabis (industrial hemp is cannabis) there are multiple active compounds. Amongst these active compounds are cannabinoids. Two famous cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
As the product is advertised as 10% CBD you would expect it to contain CBD. As you can see in the lab report above there is actually 10.6% CBD. We add a little extra when we manufacture a batch to account for any degradation of CBD within the lifetime of the product (indicated by the best before date).
THC is illegal, as it is the compound in cannabis that gets people high. Since it is illegal, our products contain 0% THC.
You may be wondering why it does not say 0% THC and instead says <0.0025% THC. “<” means less than. This is because 0.0025% is the accuracy of the equipment that this laboratory uses. It represents such a small amount the equipment cannot detect any substance under this number so to be factually correct the lab says the product contains less than 0.0025% THC.
The other letters in the left column refer to the different cannabinoids that the laboratory tests for such as CBN, CBG or CBC. As this particular example is a narrow spectrum oil it only contains CBD. A broad spectrum sample would contain other cannabinoids too making it a wider (broad) spectrum. But we’ll save that discussion for a future blog post.
If you have any questions relating to our lab reports or anything else please do not hesitate to drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help.