Why Third-Party Hemp Testing Matters


DATE: MARCH 13, 2020

scientist checking a hemp plant

Third-party matters, and no, it’s not the after-after-party (though we miss those). Before consuming any hemp CBD product, you really need to if it’s tested by a third party — an outside lab, totally unbiased about the brand or product.

Safe and Ethical: Every step. Every batch. Every time.
Every step of our production process, beginning with our hemp farmers through manufacturing and testing by third-party labs, ensures the quality and safety of our products. We test the hemp when it’s initially processed and its oils are extracted. Then we test it again when we emulsify it into powder, then again as a finished product — not only to ensure safety, but also to verify the dosage of cannabinoids in each Zolt mixie stick, whether full-spectrum hemp or hemp CBD isolate.


We use supercritical carbon dioxide extraction to derive hemp oils from the plant, the cleanest and most effective method (no harmful chemicals are used). The oil is then nano-emulsified (using Zolt’s super-safe, proprietary technology), which reduces the size of the hemp biomolecules so that they can more easily be absorbed by the body.

The finished product is then sent out to a third-party lab for analysis to ensure purity and efficacy, and each batch’s test results are included in a Certificate of Analysis (Actually, two of them. We take this stuff pretty seriously.), available on our website and by contacting hey@heyzolt.com.

Why are we so uptight about testing our hemp?
Hemp, because it’s a bio-accumulator plant, absorbs contaminants and toxins from its surrounding environment and acts as a phytoremediator for the soil in which it grows. Which is great for the soil, but can be pretty terrible for humans who consume tainted hemp.

Third-party testing ensures that products meet state and federal standards, but not all CBD brands do this — some aren’t super discriminating about where their hemp is grown and how it’s farmed. Depending on the farmland and the farmers working it, there can be a lot of bad stuff in soil, like toxic agricultural and industrial byproducts (and those can linger for decades). Third-party testing screens for any harmful, nasty contaminants (like cadmium, nickel, and lead), and confirms that hemp meets state and federal requirements to protect your health.

With an exploding market for hemp-derived, cannabinoid extracts, the temptation to jump into the market may lead some farmers down a less-than-ethical path…[and] the allure of fast money can easily lead to shady business practices, endangering lives and creating more significant health problems in the long run.

Courtesy of Cannabis Tech. See full article: Ethical CBD: Understanding Phytoremediation

Because hemp was only recently legalized through the 2018 Farm bill, hemp-derived CBD isn’t yet legally required to undergo testing — an expensive process that many other companies skip, favoring short-term profits over ensuring the long-term health of their consumers. At Zolt, we hold our hemp to the highest standards and are committed full transparency through third-party testing.