CBD and COA: a necessary combination

When purchasing any CBD product, it is vital to take a close look at the packaging and ensure it offers proper signage. Poor quality and even fabricated CBD products are often unintentionally bought by us consumers, so let’s talk about what to look for when purchasing anything CBD.

A good indication that the product you’re purchasing is legit is a COA, or a Certificate of Analysis. If you’re wondering what a COA is in terms of CBD, it is “a document from an accredited laboratory that shows the quantity of various cannabinoids in a product. 

“Manufacturers should send every batch of every product they make to a lab for testing, to protect their customers and prove that their products have as much CBD as they advertise,” says an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website.

While not all packaging presents an item’s COA, you can reach out to the company and request it. But, CBD products often have a QR code on their label which “you can scan and be taken to a webpage with the product’s COA.”

So what does it mean if a CBD product doesn’t come with a QR code?

If you can’t get a COA from the manufacturer’s website, customer service, or the product label, that’s not good. A quality CBD company will always get their products lab tested. After all, a COA is as much for the customer as it is for the company to double-check the quality of their work for quality assurance purposes,” the article explains. 

As for warning signs the CBD product you’ve purchased may not be legit?

  1. Excessive THC: “To be considered hemp oil, by law, it cannot contain above 0.3% THC. If it contains more, then it’s considered marijuana and may not be legal in your state.”
  2. Less CBD than stated: “It’s very important to make sure the Certificate of Analysis reflects the advertised CBD content on your product’s label.”
  3. A lack of cannabinoids: “If a CBD product is marketed as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or PCR, that means it contains a variety of cannabinoids. The COA should show the product contains at least small amounts of CBDa, CBG, CBC, CBN, and/or other cannabinoids, in addition to CBD.”
  4. Where it was tested: “Unless you really trust a company, it’s a good idea to make sure their COAs come from an accredited third-party lab. If they don’t, ask if they can provide one as they may have both available.”

Keep an eye out for these things the next time you’re purchasing any type of CBD product. 

Image from https://madebyhemp.com/certificate-of-analysis-coa-how-to-read/ 



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