A Certificate of Analysis, or COA, is a document issued by an accredited laboratory that includes a full composition of a product.
At ArthroCBD, we are proud to share our results with the necessary data for you to determine our product safety. We want our customers to trust that they are getting exactly the amount of hemp on our label, and nothing less. We work hard every day to ensure that our products meet the legal requirements and provide our customers with a pure and potent product that works.
Our products CONTAIN NO THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). To be legal in the United States, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC.
Reading a Certificate of Analysis is quite simple.
Here are some of the key things you should look for:
Name of the testing facility: As you review these documents, be sure to check where the test has been completed. It should come from a reputable, independent lab rather than in-house testing where the manufacturer has their lab, and they test their ingredients and products there. Although these manufacturers have these high-quality labs, many customers prefer to have the products tested by someone other than the manufacturer. The independent third party verifies the claims of the manufacturer. To verify, you can call the lab that the product was tested by and provide them a “Certificate ID” that is shown on the Certificate of Analysis, which they can use to verify if the lab report is authentic.
Cannabinoid profile: The cannabinoid profile will show up near the top of most lab results. This can tell you the amount of each major cannabinoid in total percentage per volume, milligrams per milliliter, and total milligrams. This objective of the cannabinoid profile is to show what cannabinoids and how much of those cannabinoids were found in the product.
Terpenes: The test also analyzes the terpenes in the product as different terpenes have distinct benefits. Terpenes are the naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis whose main purpose is to repel predators and lure pollinators – and have been demonstrated additional benefits. These compounds offer potential health benefits and additionally interact with the cannabinoids and other contents of an extract in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. Hemp plants have similar cannabinoids, but they may have different terpenes depending on where they were grown. There are over 75 known terpenes found in hemp. Knowing which terpenes are in your CBD product will help you determine its suitability for your condition.
Weights and concentrations: Lists the percentage of cannabinoid that are in the extracted oil. For CBD that is ingested, it should show the exact or close to amount CBD content as advertised because if it’s a 25mg CBD capsule then it should show ~25mg of CBD.
Most certificates of analysis end with cannabinoid reports. Certificates of analysis that include heavy metal, fungi, and pesticide reports are called full panel. The heavy metal analysis shows the level of heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and so on. Some or all the metals can be found in the product, but their quantities must be within healthy limits. The report gives a status on whether the level is acceptable or not.
Pesticide Testing: The quantity of pesticides in the products should be within acceptable limits. The report should indicate whether the product is suitable for human consumption based on the quantity of pesticides found.