Is Your CBD Safe? What To Look For When Reading Lab Reports

To know what you are purchasing when buying CBD products, the best place to look is at a lab report or better known as a Certificate of Analysis (COA). A COA is a lab report carried out to test the chemical contents of a product. These lab reports have information on who is selling the product, the cannabinoid profile, and an authorized signature by a third party lab manager for verification. 

It is of upmost importance that CBD companies have their products tested by a reputable third party. This third party testing insures the quality and safety of a product since there is no other quality or content control of CBD. COAs clarify exactly what is in the product, regardless of labeling. Batch numbers verify the test results that match the product you are looking up. 

A COA gives you the cannabinoid profile and sometimes other chemical testing. The cannabinoid profile is the make up of cannabinoids, including THC, CBD, and CBG, in the product. The cannabinoid profile is most important in telling you if the seller is providing what they say as far as CBD content. Most 30 mL tinctures will have a fill weight of 28 g. The right hand column on the report gives you a result of mg/g of CBD. To know how many milligrams are in the product you need to multiply that number by how many grams are in the bottle, which we have concluded to be 28 grams. The profile will also confirm whether or not the product has less than the maximum allowed 0.3% content of THC for legal purposes.

If the cannabinoid profile gives a result of mg/mL all that needs to be done is multiply this number by how many mL are in the container to give you a mg result that can be compared to how many milligrams are being advertised on the label.

The cannabinoid profile above is for a 250 mg CBD tincture like the one described. The resulting Cannabinol, CBD, is 9.5 mg/g. Multiplying the 9.5 mg/g by 28 g to get 266 mg. This number is close to the 250 mg of CBD we would expect to be in the bottle. Also, the total potential THC is 0.12%, less than the allowed 0.3% THC. 

Some COAs will provide a pesticide analysis to be sure you are getting clean product, a terpene analysis to get a sense of the taste profile, or a heavy metal analysis to ensure safe ingestible products. Certificates of Analysis provide transparent measure for the consumers on behalf of the seller. Companies without COAs should be avoided because of the high probability of unsafe products. 


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