CBD Certificate of Analysis, COA, COA's
How To Decode A Strain’s COA
We realize how important it is for you to know exactly what’s in your medicinal cannabis (MMJ) or CBD (and what’s not). To help you make highly informed choices, and to help create even more transparency, we’ve added the official Certificate of Analysis (COA) from our vendors to our site for public review. These are various simplified and patient-friendly COA's from third-party independent testing Labs . It includes a breakdown of abundant cannabinoids and terpenes, as well as a detailed analysis proving the lack of potentially harmful contaminants. Here’s what to look for when you open up a COA:
Strain & Lot
Starting right at the top you’ll see Emblem’s name, the lot number and the strain name. The names will include both the Emblem name, followed by the common name below. Also included is the date of preparation and the signed initials of the scientist at Anandia Labs who performed the tests.
First, the lab tests for both THC and CBD, with the results showing in both total weight percentage and milligram (mg). The threshold for quantifying cannabinoids at Anandia is 0.06%, so if the strain tests at a lower percentage lower than this it is recorded as BLQ (below level of quantification). For a THC dominant strain, the CBD levels may be BLQ, and the opposite will occur if it’s a CBD dominant strain with only traces of THC. In addition to THC and CBD, the lab tests for other included cannabinoids. The most abundant of what we’ll refer to as the ‘minor’ cannabinoids will be listed, along with their percentages of total weight. These cannabinoids can include THCVA, CBG, CBGA, THCV, etc.
Anandia tests 39 quantifiable terpenes, with a maximum of the 10 most abundant appearing on the COA. Although the one most prominent terpene is included on your Emblem strain container, the COA reveals what other terpenes were found in that strain. Terpenes are listed in order of their percentages, with the most abundant starting first. You’ll find caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, humulene, pinene, linalool and the rest of the terpenes listed here. It’s this combination of aromatic terpenes that create the specific fragrance & effects of each varying strain. And, in fact, the same strain can have a slightly different smell with each batch, as the terpene profile changes with altering environmental conditions.
These section details all of the possible contaminants that are rigorously tested for with each batch of Emblem’s cannabis. All of the dried flower contaminant test results will be shown as pass or fail (just like that particularly challenging college course you took years ago!). What this means for your bud, is that if it receives a passing grade it’s completely safe for human consumption. Of course, all of the strains in our shop have passed these tests, but the COA gives you proof and peace of mind. Anandia tests for microbial contaminants (bacteria, mold, etc.), aflatoxins (a type of toxin created by fungi on agricultural crops) and heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.).
Details of Testing
Finally, the second page of each COA provides more detail into how the tests are performed and how they qualify their results. You’ll learn that the terpenes were tested using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry and that the microbial testing abides by the European Pharmacopoeia methods of safety. Toward the bottom you’ll find a list of all of the potential pesticides Anandia tests for. This page is pretty science-heavy, but it can provide additional information for any patient looking for it.Here are a few of the COA's from Vendors on HHOUTLET.com