With so many CBD products on the market, it can be a dizzying task to sort through the masses and figure out which one is right for you–and which ones can be trusted. Whether you are looking to purchase inhalable, ingestible, or topical CBD products, a Certificate of Analysis (COA) will tell you everything to know about the product you’re getting.
What is a COA and Why is it Important?
A COA is a document from an accredited laboratory that shows you exactly what’s in a certain product. When it comes to products containing CBD, a COA shows the number of various cannabinoids in a product, along with other possible contaminants. This proves that the potency and purity claims of the company are true.
All Cannalle products come with a COA and are manufactured in a cGMP & FDA REGISTERED facility. Each product undergoes rigorous microbial and CBD potency testing both before and after ingredients are mixed into each batch to ensure the highest and strictest level of Quality Control. COA’s for each product can be found on our website and look like this:
COA’s are crucial to you as a consumer because with the many companies out there promising superior products, these certificates help weed out the spectacular from the substandard.
As CBD is still an emerging industry, there are yet to be standards put in place, so many companies out there today are not monitored for accuracy, meaning incorrectly labeled products are common.
A study conducted in 2017 depicts just how widespread inconsistencies and inaccuracies occur within the sphere. Out of 84 different CBD products, only 31% were found to be labeled accurately, while 26% contained less CBD than listed on the label.
In addition, many sub-par CBD products contain harmful contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, and/or caustic chemical solvents such as butane or propane. So while CBD is touted for its naturally occurring benefits, added impurities can negate its beneficial properties and even put your health at risk. A COA will test for these as well and ensure you are protected.
Reading and Understanding a COA
A COA contains a lot of information, so reading through on might be intimidating at first, but once you start to go through the certificate, you will see how clearly laid out and concise they are.
Begin reading the top of the COA to check that the company or party that performed the testing is NOT the same as the brand that is selling the product. Every COA should be conducted by a third-party, unbiased accredited laboratory to avoid conflict of interest.
Next, check for the amount of CBD by looking at the Limit of Quantitation (LOQ). LOQ’s may be listed as milligrams per unit (mg/unit), parts per billion (PPB) or colony-forming units (CFU). Then, check the mass for each item listed, and see what the corresponding levels are for the product.
Then, check the THC. Being a psychoactive component, each product must contain less than 0.3% THC.
The acronym ‘ND’ stands for ‘non-detect’ meaning a minuscule amount, if any, was detected in the sample tested by the laboratory. Essentially, this means it is not present in the product.
Full-spectrum CBD extracts, such as the ones used in Cannalle products, contain many cannabinoids, but contain a THC weight percentage below 0.3%.
The pesticide analysis section of the COA lists a number of common pesticides tested for in the sample, and as you can see from our COA, none of Cannalle’s products include any of these harmful chemicals.
Here at Cannalle, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the purest, top-tier products. We would never sell our customers anything that we wouldn’t buy and use ourselves. Our steadfast commitment to excellence means you can rest assured knowing you are purchasing and using the most rigorously tested products that allow you to get back in touch with nature, and yourself.