With the US Farm Act of 2018, hemp cultivation for medical and therapeutic uses has been legalized at the federal level. As a result, a wide variety of hemp-derived CBD products have been released into this booming market. The ideal method for any consumer or first-time buyer to check the quality of these health and wellness products is to research beforehand and read CBD reviews from other customers. Understanding the Certificate of Analysis (COA) is part of this process as it gives you a better understanding of the product that you are going to buy.
The best way for consumers to assess a CBD product is to read in detail different components of the Certificate of Analysis (COA).
What Is A Certificate Of Analysis (COA)?
The certificate of analysis is a quality assurance document confirming that the product meets the specifications and contains everything that is claimed on the label. It is a lab result from accredited third party labs listing the contents of the CBD products like total cannabinoids, terpenes, microbiological levels, and possible contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, solvent residues, etc. In many cases, you have to request the manufacturer for this detailed report before purchasing any hemp-derived cannabidiol products like CBD oil. If they refuse to give, do not but the product, or if there is any discrepancy in the report and the claim on the product you must not buy it.
What Is A Good COA?
Usually cannabidiol products with good CBD reviews have a good COA as it contains appropriate cannabidiol and terpene levels, and tests negative for microbial and pesticide contaminants. This ensures that if you buy it you can enjoy the maximum benefits for your ailment. Shared below are the different components in a certificate of analysis.
Cannabinoids: This section of the COA contains the levels of cannabinoids contained in the CBD product. The two main components are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), their strength is represented as a percentage of the total weight of the product (mg/ml). For example, a bottle of 20 cannabidiol oil capsules contains 200mg of CBD, then each capsule should contain 10mg of CBD. The certificate will also indicate the concentration of other minor cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, and CBN as well.
Terpenes: These are the aromatic compounds found in the CBD hemp extract and the difference in their profile gives each strain of hemp plant its unique characteristics. They interact with other cannabinoids and produce the entourage effect and enhances the individual effect of each component in the extract. Besides, this effect also increases the bioavailability of CBD products.
So, when checking CBD reviews ensure that you focus on customers’ opinions about COA. You could also mail them individually enquiring about the certificate to know about the authenticity and effectiveness of the cannabidiol product.