QUALITY OF LIFE INDEPENDENT 3rd PARTY TESTING OF PRODUCTS; SOME ARE ENDORSED; ALL GUARANTEED.
Endorsed products are tested by our ISO 17025: 2017 accredited independent 3rd party lab, SCLabs. We test to verify the manufacture’s claims before endorsing them and to ensure quality and accuracy of what is being claimed by the manufacturer. We feel this is the only way our customers can feel confident that the products they are putting in their bodies are as promised.
We ask our endorsed manufacturers to put QR codes on their bottles or in their literature by batch, so the consumer has quick and easy access to their test results. Download a QR code scanner or use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code. You will have instant access to all test results done by the manufacturer. QOL tests on the manufacturer’s product are found under “Endorsements” on this website.
Do You Want a CBD Product Tested?
In CONTACT US please send us the name of the product you want tested with complete contact information for the manufacturer including email and website. We’ll approach the manufacturer asking them to pay for the independent lab test required for endorsement. If they agree to pay for the test, QOL will buy a sample on the open market and have it tested. If it is within 15% of the content advertised by the manufacturer, QOL will endorse the product. If not, we will list it as “tested but not endorsed.
If a customer finds that the manufacturer’s test results are significantly different from the QOL tests shown under “Endorsements” in this website, notify us in the “Contact Us” section of this website and we will deal with the manufacturer for you.
Cannabinoids, residual solvents (Categories 1 & 2), 18 common pesticides and heavy metals are the most important so those are what we test for. From Dr. Bonni Goldstein’s book, “Cannabis Revealed,” a large number of hemp plants are required to produce a small amount of CBD and accordingly a small amount of THC (required by the US Government). Hemp accumulates toxic substances from the soil so the plants can contain metals, pesticides and solvents. During the CBD extraction process, those chemicals can become concentrated and can be toxic. Thus we test for those three chemicals in addition to the beneficial cannabinoids.
Potency Analysis Includes: 16 cannabinoids: CBC, CBCA, CBDA, CBGA, CBG, CBD, CBDV, CBDVA, CBL, CBN, CBNA, Δ-8-THC, Δ-9-THC, THCA-A, THCV, THCVA. It is the “Entourage Effect” described earlier in this website we encourage. Consult the Leafly Diagram in the “ABOUT US” section of this website to learn which of the cannabinoid contents impact which malady.
Heavy Metal Screen – Some elemental impurities have a high degree of toxicity and are of public health significance. Our test will screen for heavy metal contaminants in medical hemp. • Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Cadmium, Chromium, Barium, Silver, Selenium
Pesticide Residue Analysis – We test for compounds named in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia that are commonly used in hemp cultivation.
Terpene Analysis – From Dr. Bonni Goldstein’s book, “Cannabis Revealed,” terpenoids are the essential oils that occur in all plants and flowers including the cannabis plant. About 200 terpenoids occur in a cannabis plant. The most important ones are:
(1) Limonene – anti-depressant; anti-anxiety; anti-tumor; causes great cancer cells to die; active against acne bacteria; anti-bacterial; anti-fungal; bronchodilator.
(2) Beta-Caryophyllene – anti-inflammatory; analgesic; gastrointestinal relief; anti-bacterial;anti-fungal; activates the CB2 receptor in the immune system and gut.
(3) Linalool – anti-anxiety; analgesic; anti-convulsant; sedating/calming; active against acne bacteria; anti-cancer
(4) Beta-Myrcene – (not in hemp) – sedating; muscle relaxant; analgesic; anti-oxidant; anti-cancer; anti-inflammatory; anti-depressant; anti-bacterial.
These are present in all cannabinoids so we do not test for them.
Microbial Screen (or Microbial Safety Testing) – The microbial screen uses RT-qPCR (quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction) to quantify bacteria found in the sample. This assay tests for TYMC (total yeast and mold), TAMC (total aerobic microbial count), E. coli species and Salmonella species.
Mycotoxin Screen – Mycotoxins are metabolic products of plant spoilage fungi that induce toxic responses when consumed.
Water Activity -Water activity determines the susceptibility of hemp to microbial contamination. Higher water activity means that the water in the sample is freely available for microorganisms to use.