What is a CBD certificate of analysis (COA) and why is it important?
A certificate of analysis (COA) is a lab report on the chemical make-up, or contents of a product to ensure the end user knows what’s inside, that it’s safe, and efficacious. At Bag Balm®, we use a reputable third-party company that utilizes Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) to test all our batches. As is the case of industrial hemp derived products, the COA shows the contents of the cannabinoids as well as other tested compounds such as heavy metals. COA’s are used to verify that the contents of the product are matched to the advertised or marketed product. These reports are important for verifying that hemp extracts have less than 0.3% THC, as determined by the definition of Industrial Hemp in the law. At Bag Balm, all our CBD products contain less than the allowable legal amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. In other words, THC is the primary agent responsible for creating the ‘high’ associated with recreational cannabis use. As demonstrated by the ‘NR’ note in our report, there are no registered THC levels in any of our Bag Balm CBD products. In addition, COA tests are conducted to check for dangerous compounds such as heavy metals or pesticides and reported in the certificate to ensure the safety of our consumers and employees.