How to Read a COA

A COA is a system that is used to check the potency, quality, safety and consistency of a product. This is a certificate which is common in many natural products and it shows that the product that you are being presented will be able to give you the comfort and peace of mind that is promised. Reading over a COA can often be a difficult process if you are not familiar with the information that is presented and how it gets reported.

What   Certificate of Analysis Stands For

A COA or certificate of analysis is a document that is produced by a quality assurance laboratory. It shows that any product being sold is regulated and legitimate and that the product meets any of the specifications on the claim. The certification process will show the results of any testing that’s performed on an individual batch of the product to quality control the results and what goes into the product that a customer receives.

COAs include the presence of all compounds contained within the product. This means that in a COA for CBD, you’ll see the presence of all cannabinoids, terpenes, contaminants and more. This is particularly important in the industry of natural health and in CBD. As it would be difficult for the average customer to verify the results of the items that they purchase, it’s much easier to verify the results of a lab tested quality. The presence of items like heavy metal and pesticides will also be identified in the report so it will be possible to determine the quality control of any reactive items that might be included in the product throughout processing.

Around 70% of the CBD products that you purchase online are incorrectly labeled with less CBD then claimed. The COA that you are reading needs to be verified by a third-party laboratory and up to date. Any product will have a batch number and a date that’s matched with the COA and results that came from a legitimate laboratory.

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This post was written by Flo Sugyatno, operations manager of PureMed and CBD Expert. At PureMed we are a CBD store in Washington DC. We know that the best product comes from the best ingredients. That’s why we only use local, non-GMO ingredients that are grown without pesticides! We Produce Worry-Free CBD.