With the legalization of hemp cultivation and products made using it like CBD pure hemp oil, the cannabidiol market began to be flooded with a plethora of products. People are using them for treating the symptoms of a wide variety of ailments because of the therapeutic and medical benefits of CBD. Having said that, to experience the maximum benefit from using cannabidiol health and wellness products, you must use high-quality ones, and this can be ensured by reading the certificate of analysis (COA).
What Is Certificate Of Analysis (COA)?
The certificate of analysis (COA) is a lab report that gives details about the chemical contents of a product. Legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products that are sold in the USA must have COAs provided by accredited third-party labs. It tells you about the cannabinoid content, terpene profile, and the presence of contaminants if there are any in the CBD product. COAs are important as they help customers to verify the THC content of cannabidiol products. Legally available cannabidiol products can have only up to 0.3% of THC; this minuscule amount will not produce any psychotropic effects.
The COA can be used for verifying whether the contents in the hemp CBD product match the ingredient list on the product label. Besides, third-party labs test for the presence of substances like heavy metals and pesticides that can be toxic to the users. This is because the hemp plant is sensitive to its growing conditions; it easily absorbs heavy metals in soil or water and pesticides used during its cultivation. Furthermore, federally legal CBD products must be made using organically cultivated hemp plants that have up to or less than 0.3% THC.
What Is The Importance Of COA?
The cannabidiol market grew rapidly since the US Farm Act of 2018. Because of this rapid growth, this market is highly unregulated. As a result, many CBD products are mislabelled, especially those available online. For example, it is common for manufacturers to claim that their cannabidiol product is THC free. But this need not be true always, as they can tweak the numbers since there is little oversight. This can be especially difficult for those looking for THC free CBD products because they want to avoid testing positive in drug screening tests or avoid the mind-altering effects of THC.
With the rise in popularity of the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), more CBD health and wellness product manufacturers are popping up. Because of this, product labeling is not a reliable way to check the quality of cannabidiol products. COA is a standard solution to assess the quality of CBD products, especially for those that are sold online. Also, it is useful for first-time cannabidiol customers. Furthermore, COAs create transparency between the customers, manufacturers, and regulators because it helps to identify the contents of the cannabidiol product that is sold.
How To Find The COA Of A CBD Product?
Most cannabidiol (CBD) health and wellness product manufacturers provide the COA for their products on their website. Besides, they also provide it to potential customers upon request. In both cases, you must ensure that the certificate provided is up to date. Moreover, ensure that the batch number of your product matches that given on the COA. In states like Florida, Texas, Indiana, and Utah, CBD manufacturers must provide QR codes on their products so that customers can download the COA by scanning it. It increases transparency and makes it easy for customers to find important information regarding the cannabidiol product they are buying. This is especially useful when buying CBD pure hemp oil.
How To Read The COA?
The most important point that you must check on a COA is the third-party lab that performed the test on the CBD product. Usually, on the top left of the COA, there will be information that helps to identify the product like its batch number, the type of CBD product, the date of receiving the product, etc. On the top right corner of the COA, the address and contact details of the seller/manufacturer of the CBD product will be provided. At the top center of the COA, there is the QR code. You can scan the code to verify the authenticity of the report.
In the bottom half of the COA, there is the cannabinoid profile of the hemp CBD product. This is the area that lists the concentration of cannabinoids and is the most important section of the COA. There will be three columns: ID, weight%, and concentration (conc). For legally available cannabidiol (CBD) products, psychotropic THC must be lower than 0.3% weight. This is usually represented as ND under the weight % and concentration columns; ND is ‘non-detect’, that is, its quantity is minuscule.
These are the important points that you must know when reading the COA of cannabidiol (CBD)health and wellness products.