What Is ICAP?
The International Cannabinoid Analysis Program (ICAP) is a third-party certification program for manufacturers and brands. When a brand gets products certified by ICAP it's a signal that they're committed to transparency through science. It is designed to increase confidence and improve decision making for cannabis, hemp, and their extracts or derivative products.
What does ICAP Test?
The International Cannabinoid Analysis is a THC compliance program for CBD and other cannabinoid products. It ensures they contain < 0.20% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC).
Analytical testing is the only method for ensuring cannabinoid products are compliant with legal THC limits. See ICAP testing limits in Certified Product Reports (hyperlink).
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds concentrated primarily in the flowers of cannabis plants that act on the endocannabinoid system in the human body. There are over 480 different compounds present in the Cannabis sativa plant; however, only 113 are cannabinoids.
The most well-known among these compounds is the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), which is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and is responsible for the intoxicating effects most people associate with cannabis use.
When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites within the endocannabinoid system, called CB-1, and CB-2. Each cannabinoid has different effects depending on which receptor sites they interact with.
For example, THC is known to bind to CB-1 receptors located in your brain, but CBN (Cannabinol) has a strong affinity for CB-2 receptors located throughout your body. Depending on the cannabis products cannabinoid profile, different types of experiences can be achieved.
Why Is It Important That Products Contain < 0.20% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC)?
While the Farm Bill mandates <0.30% THC, the ICAP limit is set at <0.20% THC to allow the program to be global and satisfy some European requirements.
What Types of Products Are Tested?
ICAP tests a variety of different products containing CBD.
- Whole or cut & sifted plant or specific plant parts
- Single ingredient product (capsule, tablet,softgel, etc)
- Multi ingredient product (capsule, tablet,softgel, etc)
- Topical cream, lotion, wax
- Lozenge or hard candy
- Food/candy bar
- Ready-to-drink beverage
- Vaporizing liquid
What Types of Companies Get Certified?
For a company to be eligible for the International Cannabinoid Analysis Program (ICAP), the company must demonstrate compliance with the below requirements:
- Products and ingredients must contain less than 0.20% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ-9-THC).
- Products and ingredients enrolled in the program are submitted on a lot-to-lot basis as they are produced by the manufacturer.
- Products and ingredients must be submitted for certification testing to aNutrasourceauthorized laboratory
- Product and ingredients must be tested according to methods approved byNutrasource
- Authorized product labels shall clearly display the ICAP certification mark