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Certificate of Analysis - What Does It Say About the CBD Product?

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This document includes information that could help consumers decipher labels and certificates of analysis on cannabis-derived products.

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Certificate of Analysis - What Does It Say About the CBD Product?

  1. 1. WebsiteAudit URL Contactinfo Aboutus E-mail/Contactperson Originofthecannabis/hemp Varietyofproducts Healthbenefitclaims FDADisclaimer LegitimateURLsshouldbepersonalized. Name,address,telephonenumber. Clearhistoryofthecompany,withprecise namesanddates. TIP:Foradditionalsecurity,it’sagoodidea toreachacontactpersonviaemail,sending anygenericquestion.Iftheydon’trespond, considerthisasaredflag. Thecompany’swebsiteshouldgiveyou clearinformationabouttheoriginoftheir material. TIP:Sticktotheproductsthatuseplants grownintheU.S. Asingle-pagewebsitethatoffersasingle productissuspicious. TIP:Stayawayfromcompaniesthatmake exaggeratedhealthclaims.It’sillegal,and theyshouldknowit. Lookforthepassagetitled“FDA Disclaimer”.Trustworthybrandsthatwant todothingsrightwillplaceitsomewhere visibleontheirwebsite.
  2. 2. LabelTerminology Fullspectrum Broadspectrum Isolate Aproductthatismadefromthewholeplant, andcontainsallthecannabinoids(including THC),terpenes,flavonoids,proteins,phenols, andesters. Aproductthathasallthecompoundsthat arepresentinafullspectrum,butfrom whichTHCiscompletelyremoved. Aproductthatismadefromasingle, isolatedcompound(usuallyTHCorCBD).
  3. 3. ReadingCertificateofAnalysis-BasicInfo Laboratoryandthecompanyname(along withcompletecontactinfo) Accreditation Dates Ordernumber BatchIDnumber(Lotnumber) Infoonspecimen Infoonanalysis Date,signature,stamp QRcode Shouldbedifferentfromthecompany’sname -itimpliesindependent,third-partytesting. Legitimatelaboratorieswillstatetheir accreditationoneveryreport. TIP:Makesurethatthetestsarerecent. Identificationnumberthatallowsyouto trackallthetestsperformedonasingle specimen. Thenumberthatisprovidedbythe company,andusedforinternaltrackingof ingredientsthroughthesupplychain. TIP:Thesamenumbershouldbeprinted ontheproductyou’vepurchased. Thereportshouldclearlystatewhattype ofspecimenissentforanalysis. Thereportshouldclearlystatealltheteststhat wereperformedonasubmittedspecimen. Withoutthem,thereportisn’tvalid. Goodlaboratorypractice:byscanningtheQR code,youaretakentoanexternallaboratory websitetoseethetestingreport.
  4. 4. CompleteLaboratoryTesting Cannabinoidprofile/potency Terpeneprofile Heavymetalsanalysis Pesticidesanalysis Microbialanalysis Solventresidues Offersaninsightintotheamountofactive cannabinoids(CBD,CBC,CBDA,CBN,CBG, THC,THCA,THCV)presentinaproduct. Offersaninsightintotheamountsof terpenespresentinaproduct. Offersaninsightintotheamountsofheavy metalspresentinaproduct. Offersaninsightintotheamountsof pesticidespresentinaproduct. Offersaninsightintotheamountsof microbespresentinaproduct. Offersaninsightintotheamountsofsolvent residuespresentinaproduct.
  5. 5. CannabinoidProfile mg/fullproduct mg/gram mg/ml % LoD(LimitofDetection), LoQ(LimitofQuantitation), andLoB(LimitofBlank) Onlystateshowmuchofthecompound(s)is presentintheentireproduct. TIP:You’llhavetocalculatetoseehowmuchof thecompoundiscontainedinasingledose. Milligrams(mg)ofCBDpergram(g) Milligrams(mg)ofCBDpermilliliter(ml) Indicatesaconcentration(potency)ofa particularcannabinoid. Thetermsindicatethelowestconcentration ofasubstancethatcanbereliablydetected bytheanalyticalprocedure.
  6. 6. HeavyMetalsAnalysis-CommonAbbreviations Heavymetals Conc. Units MDL Uselimits Arsenic,cadmium,mercury,andlead. Concentrationofthemetalmeasured. Referencesthemeasurementsize. Thelowerlimitofdetectionbythelab instruments. TheamountofthismetalthattheState DepartmentofPublicHealthandUS Pharmacopeiahavedeterminedissafeto ingestdaily.
  7. 7. PesticideAnalyses-CommonAbbreviations Pesticides ppb LLD Limits Status Thereareapproximately20pesticidesthatCBD productsareusuallytestedfor. Themeasurementunit(partsperbillion). Thelowerlimitofdetectionbasedoneach specificpesticide. Themaximumamountofagivenpesticide thatcanbeconsumedbasedonsafety regulationsinaparticularstate. Resultsofthetesting.
  8. 8. MicrobialAnalysis-CommonAbbreviations Microbes ND <10cfu/g Mold/mildew,yeast,E-coli,andsalmonella, mycotoxins. Non-detected(therewasnotenoughofa particularitemforittobedetectedbythe laboratoryinstruments) Thenumbersuggeststhattheconcentration ofthemicrobetestedislessthan10cfu/g (safelimit).
  9. 9. ResidualSolventsAnalysis-CommonAbbreviations Residualsolvent Actionlevel/ppm Pass/Fail Results Ethanol(safetoconsume),polyethyleneglycol (PEG),propyleneglycol(PG),butane,propane. Thelevelofsolvent’sconcentrationthat, whenexceeded,isconsideredsufficientto warrantregulatoryorremedialaction (expressedinpartspermillion). Thesamplehasconcentrationofasolvent withinalegallimit(PASS)oritexceedsthose limits(FAIL). Theresultsofthetesting(howmuch detected/non-detected).

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