Announcements May 09, 2019

Announcing our Remedy Review Seal of Approval for High Quality CBD Oil!

by Ashley Ballard

Populum's high quality CBD oil tincture is full-spectrum and free of toxins.
Photographer: Anisha Sisodia

The CBD industry is growing at such a rapid pace, and due to it being a fresh and new frontier in modern wellness, there are very few regulations set in place to ensure quality CBD. At Populum, we invest in robust testing because we want to keep our customers safe and informed about everything that is (and isn't!) in our product. We love being able to provide batch-specific, third-party test results to you in every box, which is why we love and support working alongside Remedy Review to show you that our product is not only safe, but also an exemplary, premium option for your daily high quality CBD oil routine.

Recently, our premium full-spectrum hemp CBD oil was awarded the Remedy Review Seal after robust independent testing.

We are extremely proud to share that our product is free of all contaminants, toxins, and heavy metals, and also is confirmed to have an accurate and informative label. We know how important it is to have a quality CBD product that is safe, transparent, and reliable, and we strive to set the standard of providing everything you need out of hemp without anything unnecessary or unsafe.

For people buying CBD online, Remedy Review is the only product review site that uses third-party testing to advance the wellness of consumers and hold brands accountable. We’re proud that our products were awarded the Seal and are committed to remaining an industry leader in consistency and quality CBD.

Remedy Review Seal of Approval

What is Remedy Review & how are they testing for high quality CBD oil?

Remedy Review is a hemp product review site that sources the best and safest hemp products by working alongside a board of medical professionals to test and explore each individual product. Citing medical journals and evidence-based articles, Remedy Review is a resource that we need in the hemp industry with the lack of regulation and rapid saturation of the market.

“For people buying CBD, Remedy Review is the only product review site that invests in third party testing to support the wellness of consumers and hold brands accountable.”

At Populum, we welcome and celebrate third-party testing of our products, and we are proud to be tested and sealed by Remedy Review to further advance our transparency as a brand. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of every customer, every time, and any opportunity for us to be held to that standard is something we are enthusiastic about.

So, what are the standards to receive the Remedy Review Seal?

In partnership with ProVerde Laboratories, Remedy Review developed testing standards for the following:

  • Cannabinoid profile
  • Label accuracy
  • Terpene profile
  • Heavy metals
  • Microbiological contaminants
  • Pathogenic bacterial contaminants
  • Mycotoxins
  • Pesticides
  • Residual solvents

Due to the infancy of this industry as a whole, there are currently no federally-regulated standards or procedures for the testing of hemp and cannabis products, so all testing, unless otherwise stated, was utilized by ProVerde instruments and methods.

Consider this a crash course on everything you should keep an eye out for when choosing your hemp CBD. Read on to see the complete details of these extremely intricate tests, including what exactly was measured and the equipment used to do so!

What are cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds that help the body maintain stability and health by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your body, which results in changes in the neurotransmitters in your brain. CBD or cannabidiol, the supplement you came for by shopping Populum, is a cannabinoid. Essentially, cannabinoids can be awesome for your health and there’s over 113 different types of them!

Samples of Populum were analyzed for plant-based cannabinoids and this profile of potency was measured against the concentration on the label. ProVerde measured label concentration against the tested concentration. A label within 10% of the test results was deemed accurate. A label within 15% was deemed acceptable.

Samples were analyzed for the presence of:

  • D9-THC
  • THCV
  • CBD
  • CBDV
  • CBG
  • CBC
  • CBN
  • THCA
  • CBDA
  • CBGA

* Analysis is performed with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) using UV detection with spectral confirmation against a cannabinoid reference library.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are aromatic essential oils that are naturally occuring in hemp to optimize your hemp CBD experience. Different types of terpenes can benefit you in different ways and they are not exclusive to just hemp; many vegetables and herbs have terpenes in them. In other words, terpenes are just an awesome bonus that we keep for your benefit during our hemp extraction process.

Terpenes are ideal, and Remedy Review did not consider our terpene profile a pass/fail situation, but rather an analysis of what we have to offer in Populum’s hemp CBD. Remedy Review aims to bring attention to the hemp CBD brands with the most robust terpene profiles.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of:

  • Myrcene
  • Isopulegol
  • Nerolidol-cis
  • G-terpenine
  • Nerolidol-trans
  • A-bisabolol
  • Linalool
  • B-caryophyllene
  • Caryophyllene Oxide
  • Guaiol
  • Humulene
  • P-cymene
  • Camphene
  • B-pinene
  • Eucalyptol
  • A-terpenine
  • 3-carene
  • A-pinene
  • Limonene
  • Geraniol
  • Ocimene-2
  • Ocimene-1
  • Terpinolene

*Analysis is performed using Head-Space Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometric detection (HS-GC/MS). Recorded data is quantitated against calibration curves prepared from certified reference standards.

Why are heavy metals bad?

The presence of heavy metals in your supplement can lead to heavy metal toxicity in the body, which can make you extremely sick or cause lasting damage. We definitely want to avoid this at all costs, and our extraction process is developed to ensure that these metals don’t make it into your CBD.

Remedy Review’s goal was to standardize a set of heavy metal tests when analyzing each brand, and they have developed a system of testing for heavy metals in partnership with ProVerde.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of:

  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Lead

* Analysis is performed using an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP/MS).

What are microbiological contaminants?

Microbiological contaminants are microbes that are unintendedly present in a substance and potentially harmful. This could be bacteria, fungi, viruses, or other toxins. Gross, right? In an industry that hasn’t developed regulations in this category yet, it is important to set the standard as a high quality CBD oil brand to ensure that this stuff isn’t anywhere to be found in our product.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of:

  • Total aerobic bacteria
  • Total coliform bacteria
  • Total gram negative bacteria
  • Total yeast and mold

* Analysis is performed with a bioMérieux TEMPO system using Most Probable Number Enumeration (MPN). This method is part of the FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (the BAM) and certified by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

What are pathogenic bacterial contaminants?

Despite “pathogenic bacterial contaminants” being quite the mouthful, this may be a familiar one for you! Pathogenic bacteria are bacteria that can cause disease, such as E.coli or salmonella. Considering the common sense that you take CBD to optimize your health, it is our fundamental goal to ensure anything that does the opposite doesn’t exist in your CBD.

  • Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of E. coli and salmonella.

* Analysis is performed with the bioMérieux VIDAS system using an Enzyme-Linked Fluorescence Assay (ELFA). This method is based on Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA) as part of the FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual (the BAM) and recognized by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

What is a mycotoxin?

Mycotoxins are toxic byproducts of fungi that can cause disease and death in humans. They can show up on crops before or after being harvested and are not only a potential risk in supplements, but also in different foods such as cereal, dried fruits, or nuts. Not fun at all.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of two types of mycotoxins: aflatoxins and ochratoxins.

* Analysis is performed with a VICAM system using an ImmunoAffinity Assay (IA) coupled with fluorescence detection. Pass/Fail limits have been established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, based on limits established by international communities for agricultural products.

What’s the deal with pesticides?

Trust us, you don’t want to intake any pesticides. These poisons that are meant to keep insects and other unwelcome visitors away from crops can cause harmful or even lethal effects in humans, and can even cause adverse neurodevelopmental effects in children.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of:

  • Abamectin
  • Abamectin B1b
  • Azoxystrobin
  • Bifenazate
  • Bifenthrin
  • Cyfluthrin
  • Daminozide
  • Etoxazole
  • Fenoxycarb
  • Imazalil
  • Imidacloprid
  • Myclobutanil
  • Paclobutrazol
  • Piperonyl butoxide
  • Pyrethrin
  • Spinosad
  • Spiromesifen
  • Spirotetramat
  • Trifloxystrobin

* Analysis is performed with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with data recorded using a triple-quad MS/MS detector. Compound identifications are confirmed by Mass Spectrometric evaluation of ion fragments and ratios generated after high energy fragmentation.

What are volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?:

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are ingredients found in many products and materials that are released into the air during use and can cause harmful exposure for humans. Considered a risk to air pollution both indoors and outdoors, this is something that should never be present in a product that is ingested.

Samples of Populum were analyzed for the presence of these VOCs:

  • Propane
  • Isobutane
  • Butane
  • Methanol
  • Ethanol
  • Acetone
  • Isopropanol
  • Acetonitrile
  • Hexane
  • Heptane

* Analysis is performed using Head-Space Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometric detection (HS-GC/MS). Recorded data is quantitated against calibration curves prepared from certified reference standards.

So what does this all mean?

This seal of approval from Remedy Review means peace of mind when you shop with us. When purchasing any of our premium hemp CBD oil products, you can do so with the knowledge that our product is not only free of all potentially dangerous substances, but also enriched with all the benefits of hemp you need without anything unnecessary.

Want to feel that piece of mind? Shop with us now!

Index

  • Cannabinoids: Naturally occurring chemical compounds that help the body maintain stability and health by interacting with the endocannabinoid system in your body, which results in changes in the neurotransmitters in your brain.
  • Heavy metals: Metals such as arsenic, cadmium, mercury, or lead which can lead to heavy metal toxicity in the body and can make you extremely sick or cause lasting damage.
  • Microbiological contaminants: Microbes that are unintendedly present in a substance and potentially harmful. This could be bacteria, fungi, viruses, or other toxins.
  • Mycotoxins: Toxic byproducts of fungi that can cause disease and death in humans.
  • Pathogenic bacterial contaminants: Bacteria that can cause disease, such as E.coli or salmonella.
  • Pesticides: Poisons that are meant to keep pests away from crops that can cause harmful or even lethal effects.
  • Residual solvents: According to the United State Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), these are organic volatile chemicals that are used or produced in the manufacture of drugs and supplements. They are not completely removed by practical manufacturing techniques.
  • Terpenes: Aromatic essential oils that are naturally occuring in hemp and have varying health benefits to optimize your hemp CBD experience.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): Ingredients found in many products and materials that are released into the air during use and can cause harmful exposure for humans.

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