But what do you do after you find a COA? Reading a COA might seem intimidating, especially if you’re not science-savvy, but it actually can be pretty simple. Here’s what you need to look out for on a COA.
CBD companies hire independent labs to test their products. These labs then compile reports that confirm the contents of the CBD products. This report is called a COA.
COAs confirm that your CBD products contain what the packaging says it contains. Unfortunately, many companies mislabel their CBD products, saying that they contain more or less CBD than what they actually contain.
If a company doesn’t provide a COA, you can’t be certain that their products are legitimate. Most companies make their COAs available on their website. If you want to check out our COAs, you can read them here.
First up, it’s important to make sure that the COA itself is legit.
If the COA includes all of the above, you can move onto the next phase: actually reading the COA.
Don’t be intimidated by the long, sciencey-sounding words! COAs aren’t too difficult to read once you know what you’re looking for.
The most basic COA should confirm how much CBD the product contains in total. This number should be exactly (or very, very close to) the amount advertised on the website and packaging.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that naturally occur in hemp and cannabis. CBD is one of many cannabinoids.
Common cannabinoids include:
If the product uses CBD isolate, then CBD is the only cannabinoid that the lab will find. Full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products also contain other cannabinoids in small amounts.
Terpenes and flavonoids give hemp and cannabis strains their unique aromas and flavors. The terpenes and flavonoids vary from strain to strain. It is believed that they have their own unique health benefits.
Common terpenes include:
Many COAs test for toxins. These toxins include:
When the product contains none of the above, it’ll usually say “pass” on the COA.
Since CBD products are health products, it’s important to ensure that you opt for the very best products. This includes reading COAs before making a purchase. In the long-run, the effort is definitely worth it!