HOW TO READ A COA
Keep reading to find out how COAs can impact your buying decisions and help you make more informed purchases.
this is a certificate of analysis
A certificate of analysis is an analytical report on the contents of a product. It includes information about the tests and their results, providing full transparency into the quality of the product and trustworthiness of a brand.
Learning how to read a certificate of analysis will help you make informed purchases by showing you exactly what you're getting. Unlike medical and recreational marijuana products, hemp products only need to be tested for THC content to make it to market. Because cannabis is a fantastic bioremediator (it sucks harmful contaminants out of the soil), it's important to test for contaminants and ensure levels are well below what's considered safe for consumption.
1. Date the sample was tested
2. Laboratory name and location
3. Brand name and address
4. Batch number
5. Extraction material used
6. Product type and test QR code
test results summary
The first section of the report provides an overview of what was tested for and the results of those tests. "Not Tested" appears in places of "Passed" for categories that weren't tested. For hemp, the only required test is for potency to ensure products are below the legal limit of 0.3% Delta 9 THC.
The potency summary tells us which cannabinoids are present and in what amounts. The total mg per serving is shown in the boxes on the right, with individual amounts for common cannabinoids, as well as the total combined cannabinoids per serving.
safety test results
The results section is broken down by contaminant category. Each contaminant that was tested for is shown with its Action Level, LOQ, and Result. The Action Level is the max quantity determined safe for human consumption. LOQ tells us the level of quantification, or actual amount present in the sample. Under results, <LOQ means the amount detected was lower than the Action Level, resulting in a passed test.
The footer contains the definitions and abbreviations used in the report, the formulas used to determine cannabinoid amounts, and the signatures of Lab Toxicologist and Lab Director, verifying the legitimacy of the test.
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