What is a Certificate of Analysis (COA)?

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Cracking open your CBD product can be like opening a box of chocolates, you never know exactly what you’ll get. That is, unless you have carefully read the contents label. With CBD this involves studying the COA.

While you will always see some CBD content advertised on the product label, you will also find that there are many misleading and downright false labels in the CBD market. The best way to know what you are getting will be to check with the Certificate of Analysis, the COA. If there is no COA, then you should avoid the product altogether.

At Alpha Botanicals, we take the verification process very seriously, subjecting our products to rigorous laboratory testing, and backing it up with a Certificate of Analysis for every single product we sell.

What is a Certificate of Analysis (COA)?

The COA is a document provided from the laboratory that determines the exact quantities of the cannabinoids within a product.

A manufacturer is responsible for sending a small batch of its products over to the lab for thorough testing. This will allow the customers to know exactly what they are buying.

Check the COA before you Use a New CBD Product

It is not always easy to get ahold of the COAs for a CBD product before making a purchase. It often involves contacting the company and making formal requests.

But, after you have purchased a CBD product, you will find that there is a QR code in the product label that will guide you to a link on the manufacturer’s website, here you will be directed to the COA for the product you purchased. Most iPhones have this QR scanner as part of the camera’s function. For an Android device, you will need to download the QR code scanner from the App Store.

Not all states require a CBD company to include a COA as part of their product packaging. But, this practice is performed by the most reputable producers and is a sign of professionalism.

If a company has done a great job of creating an especially desirable product with a proper selection of cannabinoids, they will want the COA to attest to their impressive work. If a company has chosen not to supply this important documentation the consumer must consider what they could be hiding. The COA is a statement of quality and all good quality products will take the opportunity to substantiate their work with proper testing.

4 Warning Signs in a Certificate of Analysis

Be sure to take a good look at that COA when you can as even here are some red flags that can indicate an inferior product.

Too much THC

For this to be considered a hemp product, as opposed to a Marijuana product, it can’t contain over 0.3% THC. IF it contains any more than that, it might not be legal in your area. Furthermore, if the product label says “No THC”, don’t take their word for it. Check the COA for confirmation.

Less CBD than Advertised

While this almost goes without saying, it is shameless how deceptive some marketers can be. Check those CBD content levels in the COA to ensure you are getting what you’ve paid for.

Missing Cannabinoids

If your product has been labeled “broad spectrum” or PCR it is required to have the full array of cannabinoids to provide the desired effect. You should find the COA indicates levels of CBG, CBDa, CBC and a variety of other cannabinoids as well as CBD.

Tested In-House

If they are quick to announce they tested their product in house, they have a million reasons to be less than honest with their customers about their findings. Just like buying a used car, you will want a knowledgeable professional to tell you about the conditions and what you will be buying.

The same idea applies to buying CBD products. You will want that unbiased, scientific third-party perspective to tell you exactly what you are getting.

Questions and Doubts Regarding COAs? Call Alpha Botanicals Today!

For more information on all things related to CBD, get your answers from Alpha Botanicals Greenville. We have a cordial and knowledgeable staff on call to help you with your healthy CBD selections, including showing you any Certificate of Authenticity that you would like to see.

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