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How to Read a Certificate of Analysis (COA)

A Certificate of Analysis, or COA, shows you everything that’s in your product and—just as important—what’s not.

So, you want to know that what’s on the label is the same as what’s in the product. After all, you’re putting it inside your body and a little peace of mind goes a long way.

Here’s what you should be thinking about when looking at a COA:

Analytical (per serving)

This section shows the CBD content and proof of low/non-detectable (ND) amounts of THC. By law, hemp must contain 0.3% THC or less.

Cannabinoids

These are the naturally occurring compounds found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. CBD is the most notable cannabinoid, however additional beneficial cannabinoids (e.g. CBG, CBN, CBL, CBC, etc.) can naturally be present in our products. The COA will tell you the exact amount of CBD present and the percentage of other cannabinoids in our product.

Terpenes

Hemp contains many terpenes. They are natural aromatic chemicals found in the essential oil of herbs and plants. Simply put, terpenes are what gives an orange its citrusy smell and pine trees their unique aroma. Terpenes can potentially magnify the effects by interacting with cannabinoids, also referred to as the “Entourage Effect.”

Other Analytical (Peroxide Value, Residual Solvents, Pesticides)

Our products are made with non-GMO hemp and each batch is rigorously tested for harmful pesticides. This section indicates that pesticides and other substances are present in quantities well below the allowed amounts.

Microbiology and Mycotoxins

These sections ensure that your product is free from dangerous levels of microbiological contamination.

Heavy Metals

This test shows that your product is free from dangerous levels of heavy metal contamination.

Farm to Shelf CBD

When it comes to our brands, we aim for 100% ingredient transparency.

Hemp used in our Vthrive The Vitamin Shoppe™ & plnt® CBD brands is 100% U.S. grown on family farms, and undergoes comprehensive testing with traceability from seed to shelf.

All our products are 3rd party-tested, with a COA for every CBD batch we make. You can locate the lot number at the bottom of every bottle and visit our Certificate of Analysis page to find out the details of each ingredients in your CBD product based on actual lab results.

 

 

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