How to Read our Third Party Certificates of Analysis
Independent, third-party Certificates of Analysis – often called “COAs” – are of the utmost importance to validate the safety and contents of any CBD product that you purchase. It’s the industry’s version of seat belts. They are not optional, they are a requirement! In the absence of formal regulation for the time being, customers can protect themselves by demanding batch specific third party COAs performed by independent labs. Batch specific means the exact batch that is placed into the container that is being sold to you is being tested. Not a test result from a few batches ago.
Vitagenne is so focused on this that we have made this process as frictionless as possible. Whenever you see a Vitagenne product – you will see a QR code on the top of the box. Simply pull out your iPhone or Android camera and scan the QR code. It will prompt you to go to a direct link to the batch specific COA. This COA describes the exact contents that are in your hands. It’s that easy.
Once you get to this stage, it’s important for you to be able to understand what you are looking at.
Here is a guide so that you can identify what is important and how to validate the contents to put your mind at ease that you have the highest quality product on the market:
Let’s begin with the header.
Certificate of Analysis Header
- The top of the header begins with the name of the lab. We use ProVerde Labs in Milford, MA – a leading institute for hemp and cannabis analysis.
- Below this you will see all of the details of the product sample that has been taken from that batch of products. The important information here is the “Lot Number,” in this case LE190011. And the matrix, which is the type of product tested. In this case it’s for our Pure Wellness CBD Tincture with MCT Oil.
- To the right of this information is the QR code. This exists to validate the authenticity of this report. When you scan it, you will be directed to a website hosted by this laboratory, that will display the exact same results. This ensures no tampering of the results can exist.
- Below this information is the details on the director who has performed the analysis, their signature, and the date the analysis was performed.
- Lastly, included are images of the sample both in the container and the product under the microscope prepared for testing.
- The final piece of information on this section of the test result is the Accreditation of the lab as well as the standards for which the test was performed. It is imperative that testing is performed by an accredited laboratory.
Next is the cannabinoid analysis.
Cannabinoid Profile & Potency
- This next section of the test is where you validate the product that you are getting – as well as what you are not getting. This is the cannabinoid profile and potency. This tells you exactly how much CBD you are getting in each serving and the total container. This section also shows the type of testing that was completed to provide these results. In this case, Liquid Chromatography was used. This is the most accurate way of determining the cannabinoid profile and potency.
- The table shows all the potential cannabinoids that could exist from the hemp plant. All of our ‘Pure’ products are made with Pure CBD Isolate. This means we have isolated the hemp extract all the way down to just the CBD molecule.
- For this batch of products we have a concentration of 5.59% CBD.
- The concentration of CBD in this sample is 53.55 mg/mL. There are 30 servings in each 30 mL container which means this product includes 1,606 mg of CBD. Not bad for our 1,500 MG tincture!
- The table also clearly shows the D9-THC content which in layman’s terms is the cannabinoid that most people know due to its psychoactive effects and presence in higher quantities in marijuana. The letters ‘ND’ stand for None Detected above the limits of detection. Having these test results and validate that the products you are taking DO NOT have THC. This is important for anyone who is sensitive to THC or could be subject to drug testing.
If this test were performed on one of our “Total” products – which are Full Spectrum hemp extract – you would see results for additional cannabinoids like D9-THC (in low quantities), CBN, & CBG.
The next section details the testing for any Microbiological Contaminants.
- This section is where the lab details the test results for any bacteria and mold. The lab tests for Aerobic Bacteria, Coliform Bacteria, Bile, Yeast, & Mold.
- This section details the test results and units of measure for said test results.
- The limits section outlines the allowable limits of to pass or fail this test.
- Lastly the table details the Test Status and whether or not the sample had less than the allowable limits of these bacteria. In this case the batch test PASSED for all microbiological contaminants.
Depending on the product you may see other sections for other tests. They are all formatted in a similar manner as above. Testing for specific components and ensuring they are within tolerances and thresholds.
Depending on the product you may see other sections for other tests. They are all formatted in a similar manner as above. Testing for specific components and ensuring they are within tolerances and thresholds. Certified companies have been audited by the U.S. Hemp Authority for compliance to these strict requirements. Compliance with these standards ensures every step in the process is completed with the highest levels of attention paid to quality and safety.
This U.S. Hemp Authority seal can give you the peace of mind that you are buying from a reputable brand and the third party test results validate the exact contents of the products you have purchased.