Why is the Certificate of Analysis (COA) so important?
Your search for a good CBD product is incomplete without studying the certificate of analysis (CoA). The CoA is a document that provides all the necessary information you need to know about your favorite CBD product.
A good CoA must contain testing results performed as part of the quality control process. Every serious-minded, safety-oriented CBD brand should be provided before users can use their products. You can access our COA here.
At Uneek Botanicals, we believe in a transparent market where our trusted customers will obtain information about what we do and how we do it. This is why we focus on subjecting all our CBD products to a DEA-certified third-party laboratory test as suggested by the FDA.
What should be in a Certificate of Analysis?
Although COA’s are designed based on company specifications and state guidelines, all forms of COA’S must contain the following information;
- Address and signature of the third party laboratory carrying out the test
All Certificates of analysis must be endorsed by a DEA-certified laboratory that conducted the testing. It is so recommended that people don’t end up tampering with the test results to suit their needs. The name and address shows where the report is coming from, while the signature authenticates the report. In most cases, the laboratory may also provide the date of examination so users can know what batch it belongs to.
- Cannabinoid profile:
This shows the combination of different cannabinoids present in the product. Note that CBD products are identified as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolates. While full-spectrum CBD products contain all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plants, including THC (usually less than 0.3%) and terpenes, broad-spectrum products lack THC. CBD isolates, on the other hand, contain about 99% CBD. With the cannabinoids profile, users can know the percentage composition of each cannabinoid in the final product. Note that all our CBD products are full-spectrum and contain less than 0.3% THC.
- Terpene profile
Terpenes are plant-based compounds that are responsible for the peculiar smell/aroma of plants. Apart from this role, they are also important in providing therapeutic benefits like analgesic, antihyperglycemic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. The presence of terpenes in CBD products contributes to the entourage effect. There are over 120 terpenes isolated in the cannabis plant, and this section of the COA informs the user about the different terpenes in their product.
- Pesticide profile
Like the cannabinoid and terpene profile, the pesticide profile shows the percentage concentration of pesticides present in the final product. The accumulation of pesticides in healthcare products can predispose users to greater danger.
- Residual solvents and Heavy metals
The COA will test for the presence of heavy metals like lead. These items constitute a major health hazard.
- Microbial contaminants
This section informs the user about the possible contaminants microbial toxins, which are lethal.
How can I use COA?
Deducing information from a COA is very simple. All that is required is to follow the steps outlined below;
- Observe the batch date, date of testing, and most importantly, name and signature of the third-party laboratory.
- Study the cannabinoid profile: The cannabinoid profile is the main reason our products at Uneek Botanicals are termed full-spectrum. Take note of the different concentrations of cannabinoids in the product and their percentage. We chose to focus on the creation of broad-spectrum CBD products since they offer a wider range of benefits and entourage effects.
- Terpene profile: Note that terpenes contribute to the entourage effect of cannabinoids. The entourage effect is when the cannabinoids present act to suppress the psychoactive properties of THC. Terpenes also come with some therapeutic benefits that make CBD products an irresistible offer.
- Take note of the microbial contaminants, residual solvents, and heavy metals:
These results are presented in percentage or concentration. CBD products are considered safe for public consumption when they pass these tests.
It is common for CBD products to be mislabeled and make several claims that make them enticing. At Uneek Botanicals, we care about your overall health. That is why all our products come with an authentic COA. We focus on the creation of highly certified and endorsed CBD products for humans and pets alike. Feel free to browse through our list of COAs or products. We will love to hear from you soon.