All About Certificates of Analysis
A certificate of Analysis (COA) is defined as a laboratory report that contains all necessary details about your pharmaceutical products. It is used as a navigator to identifying all the chemical composition of the pharmaceuticals. COA is supposed to have information such as the CBD concentration in the final product and also enlightening the user about other tested chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals, and microbiological. COAs are primarily to make sure all hemp extracts have the required concentration of the said chemicals.
Why is the COA so important?
The CBD market is vast, and a lot of products are still coming in daily into the market. The goal of having a COA accompany all CBD products is to minimize the activities of manufacturing sub-standard products and to ensure the safety of users. With COAs, producers cannot alter the numbers, thus producing better quality and ensuring safety. Consumers should note that the label of CBD products is not enough reason to trust the companies and trust their judgment. It is pertinent to verify claims from COAs.
How do I know a COA is authentic?
The main thing about COA that proves its authenticity is that the company that does the test will be different from the company that will sell the product. COA is well often regarded as a "third-party" test that is supposed to ensure the transparency of the result.
How does a COA look like?
When you lay hold of a COA, the first you will observe is the third-party's name written on the COA and then the information concerning the identity of the product sent to the third-party laboratory to be tested. Another thing you will observe is the company client's address that is selling the product with a QR code that can easily be scanned at any time to ascertain the lab report and verify its authenticity. The QR is regarded as a security measure that ensures the lab result is genuine.
An excellent COA is supposed to possess the following reports about the CBD product to be tested;
1. Cannabinoid Profile
The cannabinoid profile of a sample, as the name implies, provides the general information on the cannabinoids discovered in the sample and their concentration level in the product. Many people take this as the most crucial part of the COA as it provides consumers with general information about the most active ingredients in the product.
2. Heavy Metal Analysis
Heavy metals are often carcinogenic, i.e., compounds tending to cause cancer. They are most times tested to determine the safety level of the product. The heavy metal analysis is a table that shows the chemicals tested for, by revealing their symbols, the concentration of sample measured, and their names.
3· Pesticide Analysis
This part of the COA provides you with a list of already tested pesticides in a product sample. Pesticide analysis is measured in part per billion (PPB).
4· Terpene Profile
The cannabis plant possesses cannabinoids, essential oils, and terpenes. They are famous for their unique aromas and flavors. The terpene profile analysis shows the class of terpenes that are detected in the test sample. It also reveals the relative amount in percentage weight. This analysis may provide the user with the general idea of how the smell or taste of their CBD.
PLEASE NOTE: For your safety, DO NOT purchase any CBD or hemp products that don't have a CoA.