Is certification the same as testing a hemp product?

Often when selecting hemp products that interest us, we are told to look primarily at "certified products." What does this mean? Then mostly the manufacturer or seller, on the words "certified" points to the testing of the product by a laboratory. Does this {meaning} that such a product is certified and we can buy it right away? Below we explain why.

A test is not a certificate!

A certificate is a confirmation about the characteristics of a product that the manufacturer says. It is a certificate that the product is verified by an independent third party authorized to issue such documents, and that is checked by it. The certificate makes it possible for us to put special signs, logos, graphics on the product, for example, those that speak about the quality or environmental performance of the product. Thanks to the certificate, the product joins a sometimes closed group of similar products. Certificates are sometimes valid only for a predetermined period of time. After its expiration, the manufacturer must undergo re-verification to be able to continue to boast the distinction.

Testing, on the other hand, is simply a report of laboratory analysis of a product, which objectively states what is really in the composition. It is issued for the particular sample that was tested. And that's it. A test is not a certificate, but simply a result on what we are so accurately buying. Unfortunately, a great many cannabis product companies use certificates when talking to customers, even though they don't really have any.

But research is just as important as certifications! While they don't guarantee any affiliation or quality of a hemp product, they can actually tell us a lot. What is that? For example, whether a given tested sample of CBD oil really contains as many phytonutrients as the manufacturer promises. Or whether the hemp oil is really full spectrum, or whether it may contain no or extremely trace amounts of other phytocannabinoids at all. Tests can also show us what terpenes are in the hemp oil and in what quantity, whether the oil was created from clean-cultivated hemp (pesticide testing), and whether the plant contained any dangerous heavy metals, mold or fungi (microbiological testing).

Hemp certifications - which ones are worth paying attention to?

Golden Cannabis Quality Certificate

Recently, one of the more recognizable certificates created specifically for hemp products is the Golden Cannabis certificate. It certifies the quality of a given product, is awarded for one year only, and the certifying body selects the product itself for testing - buying it as a mystery shopper. That is, as it happens, the manufacturer does not have the opportunity to prepare a sample for testing, sending a flawless quality product, and selling weaker oils to its customers. The certificate is also not given without a date. If the manufacturer again, one year after earning the certificate, wants to use the distinction, it has to go through the whole process again. So there is no way to settle on one's laurels and sell inferior products after some time has passed, still advertising Golden Cannabis.

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And when it comes to the hemp stores where we stock up, it's great if they're Certified Hemp Consultants! This means that the salespeople at this store are extremely knowledgeable about cannabis and certainly know what they have in store. These are also stores where you can get a great quality hemp consultation. The salesperson will be able to match the hemp product to our needs very well.

Organic certifications

One of the more interesting certifications that a manufacturer can show is any kind of organic certification. For example, the EU Organic certificate. This is a guarantee of the naturalness of the crops the manufacturer uses to produce its hemp products. Then, only if the hemp from which the oil was extracted comes from organic fields, the name "organic" or "bio" or "organic" can be seen on the hemp product. Otherwise, even though the CBD oil was unprecedentedly pure, but the manufacturer would not have passed certification, it is not legally entitled to use such names. How to check if a manufacturer really has organic hemp products? In a very quick way! Ask for organic certification and check the packaging - there should be a badge with the corresponding number on it. If the manufacturer has produced organic products, it will probably want to brag about it on the packaging too!


That is, the European Industrial Hemp Association. This institution does a lot to not only promote hemp knowledge and promote true hemp information. But mainly it makes sure that a safe hemp market is created, where very good quality hemp products will prevail. It also makes sure that farmers cultivate hemp in an organic, natural way and that producers produce only good quality products. To partner with this institution as a producer is to share these very views.

In recent times, Hempking has successfully passed the Golden Cannabis certification process for all three of its Natural hemp oils. You can easily check the results on the official Golden Cannabis website. And you can find Hempking's high-quality certified oils on their website. Right now, the store is running Black Week, during which you can buy CBD oils at up to 30% off, hemp cosmetics at up to 70% off, and high-quality hemp foods at discounts of up to 60%. The promotion will only last until the end of November 2021.