Going above and beyond with quality at AbbyChristopher
As CBD continues to increase in popularity, it becomes very important to make sure that the CBD products you use are of the highest quality and that they are from a trusted source. Remember, not all CBD products are created equal! And as a leader in CBD, AbbyChristopher sets its bar high.
Test. Test. And Test Again
According to Arielle Wzientek, Quality Control Chemist at AbbyChristopher, quality testing is in AbbyChristopher’s DNA. “We truly are all about quality,” she says. “We want our customers to know our products are free from contaminants and that our labels reflect exactly what’s inside the box.”
To ensure purity from start to finish, AbbyChristopher relies on third-party testing of soils, harvested hemp and of finished product. Wzientek notes that while states vary in regulations, the testing AbbyChristopher performs in Wisconsin is not required by law. “We go above and beyond, simply because we believe in quality,” she says. And she explains that testing hemp is so important because the plant is what we call a bioaccumulator. That means that whatever is in the soil, ends up in the hemp.
To quell initial bioaccumulation concerns, AbbyChristopher tests the soils of the farmers that grow their hemp. “First we pull random soil samples before the hemp is even planted,” Arielle says. “We test for pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants to ensure that our hemp is set up for success.”
Wzientek notes the second testing phase occurs when the harvested hemp arrives at AbbyChristopher for processing. “Upon harvest, we pull samples from the super sacks to ensure contaminants didn’t wind up in the hemp.” When asked how this could happen, especially when the soils were tested at the beginning, Wzientek explains that growing hemp is a labor-intensive process and sometimes pest interventions must occur. “We encourage our growers to use natural ways of controlling pests such as using ladybugs to control aphids, but the only way we can be sure that the hemp didn’t pick up contaminants is to use third-party testing,” she says.
Once the hemp is deemed free of contaminants and approved, it then goes into processing and is tested again. Why? Wzientek provides the answer. “Extracted CBD is more concentrated than the actual hemp plant, so we have to test the distillate to make sure that things that were initially just a trace haven’t become concentrated enough to reduce the quality of the final product.”
Pay attention to the COA
Wzientek recommends that anyone buying CBD request a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from a test done on the final product. She emphasizes that tests done by a third party facility are preferable as they’re typically unbiased. Of course, AbbyChristopher provides the COA for their products online. “Quality CBD costs money so you want to make sure you are getting what you pay for,” Wzientek says. “We’re proud of our process, and we want customers to know that we’re a level above when it comes to quality control.”