The past couple of blogs have dealt with finding the real deal when it comes to CBD. In this blog, the last in the series, I’ll explain a CBD CoA.
As you may recall in the last blog, I told you what to look for in CBD oil. I also told you that CBD is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, anything goes. As a consumer, you’ll want to be informed so you get the real thing.
Lost Remedy CBD topicals are made with organic, hemp-derived CBD oil. You also want products made without chemicals, toxins, stabilizers and all the other harmful chemicals found in so many products the FDA doesn’t regulate. Finally, look for products made full-spectrum hemp oil that is extracted by C02.
What’s a CBD CoA?
If you’re reading this, you probably already have some knowledge of CBD, how it’s extracted and the importance of
honesty in marketing the products. A CoA, or certificate of analysis, is the proof that you’re getting the real deal.
A more official definition would be: A CoA is an accredited laboratory document showing the quantity of a variety of cannabinoids in the CBD oil. The lab that tests the CBD needs to be unbiased and not affiliated with the company that offers the CBD.
You can learn a lot about the CBD from a CoA. For instance, for full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO), you’ll get a snapshot of all the components that are in the oil. Compounds present in FSHO should include other cannabinoids, such as CBD, CBDa, CBDV, CBG, CBN, CBC and others. In fact, you may even THC listed at levels below .3% weight. Without the full group of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, et al. the product isn’t the real deal.
What else does a CoA tell you?
As I’ve said, this certificate is a wealth of information. These are the main things you’ll find:
- Weight percentage tells you the percentage of weight of each cannabinoid.
- Concentration is measured in milligrams per gram (mg/g). It tells you the concentration of each cannabinoid as part of the whole.
- Heavy metal analysis has nothing to do with loud music, it’s more about whether they are present and potentially ingested. You’ll see the concentration of any heavy metals detected during testing. It also tells how much the government considers safe to consume.
- Pesticide analysis can show if pesticides are present and which ones and how much. It also tells if they were used within acceptable limits.
- Terpene profile lets you know each terpene detected and its relative weight.
Why is a CBD CoA important?
Earlier I mentioned that without regulation, CBD is fair game for anyone looking to make a buck. The truth is, a 2017 study showed that 70% of CBD products were mislabeled, having either significantly more or less CBD than advertised. That’s a problem. If you think you’re getting one thing and really you’re getting a knock-off that’s made with synthetic chemicals, you could jeopardize your health.
Being in the know about FSHO, how it’s grown, extracted and whether all of the natural components are present is vital to getting the real deal. Learning about the source as tested by a third-party lab is like gold. So get to know CBD and its properties, learning all you can before you buy.
There you have it, the third in the series of getting the real-deal CBD. If you missed the two previous blogs, visit our site for the first two installments. Information is available and at your fingertips.