Multiple considerations are made to ensure that Goodleaf brings you the highest quality, pure CBD products.
Here we explain the 5 key steps and why they should be of utmost importance to you, to jump to the relevant section click on the link below:
- Where does your CBD come from
- Production & packaging
- Independent verification
- Storage & shipment
- How to read a lab report
Where does goodleaf CBD come from
Goodleaf CBD is derived from organic, non-GMO industrial hemp crops. The official differentiating factor between hemp and marijuana is the THC level. Industrial hemp contains below 0.3% THC, whilst marijuana can contain extremely high percentages of THC, upwards of 70% when grown in specific indoor conditions.
Or industrial hemp enjoys a natural outdoor life, pollinated by insects and is harvested once the plant reaches maturity, roughly 120 days after planting. The hemp plants are harvested predominantly by hand, in some instances mechanically.
Almost all components of the hemp plant are used. Stalks, leaves and most importantly, flower, is used for the extraction of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids include CBD oil. Stems and stalks are used to produce fibers for industrial and textile purposes. Hemp seeds are mainly used for animal feed, think budgie seeds as well as cooking oil and food products requiring oils. Hemp seed oil is a great alternative to palm oil.
CBD production and packaging
After harvest, the hemp flower, stalks and leaves undergo mechanical processing, this breaks down the components into small physical pieces and creates more of a homogenous mixture. This is crucial for the next step, extraction.
CBD extraction takes place by mixing the mechanically ground up hemp into a solvent. Various solvents can be used for example, super-critical (incredibly cold, liquid) carbon-dioxide (C02) or a combination of butane and propane. These solvents are mixed in with the hemp a incredibly low temperatures and under high pressure, drawing out the fats (lipids) in the hemp plant. CBD is a natural oil (fat) so it mixes in well with the solvent and thus can be separated from the solids of the hemp plant.
The CBD oil / solvent mixture then undergoes further processing of removal of the solvent, it is very important that this step is done under the highest levels of scrutiny and tested for residual solvents after extraction has taken place. The facilities we as goodleaf partner with are aligned to international GMP (Good manufacturing practice) standards and all operations are overseen by qualified chemists and pharmacists.
Once the CBD oil is extracted and processed either into broad spectrum oil or CBD isolate, it is mixed with a carrier oil. We use organic coconut oil in our products. Coconut oil is a healthy alternative to other oils like palm or seed oil and allows the laboratory technicians to get the perfect amount of CBD per bottle ready for packaging.
Bottling takes place under the same GMP standard facilities, the CBD mixture is filled into our tincture bottles using digital measurements so that we maintain 100% accuracy with every fill. After bottling, a significant percentage of random samples are again tested for quality, CBD concentration and we also ensure complete lack of residual solvents. Any discrepancies requires discarding the entire batch of product an starting again.
Independent verification takes place at laboratories with no affiliation to our brand or the GMP facilities where the products were produced, this allows for objective analysis and verification of the product standards.
Our CBD testing process ensures the following:
- Absolutely no residual solvents remain after processing
- No presence of heavy metals
- No presence of any pesticides whatsoever
- CBD concentration is at the level that it says on the product packaging
Storage & Shipment
Our products are kept in high quality, air-conditioned warehouses. Products are always kept out of direct sun and UV light as this can degrade the efficacy of the CBD. Items are picked and packed with care when you order and are shipped with trusted courier partners.
For more information, please visit our shipping & delivery page.
How to read a lab report
Once you have a lab report in from of you, please confirm that the product batch number corelates to the batch number reflected on the report.
You can find the product batch number normally on the base of the packaging, alongside the expiry date stamp.
The lab report will come with a product name, description and most often a photograph. Ensure these also correlate so that you know that the report is one that covers a test sample of your specific product batch.
- CBD - This content should be a % figure. This will vary from product to product and will align to the concentration of CBD stipulated on the product packaging
- THC - Should always be less than 0.001%
- Residual solvents and pesticides should always be 0 or non-detectable (ND / NA)
If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll be happy to talk you through our processes and lab analysis. We hope you enjoy our CBD products.