How to Read a Certificate of Analysis for CBD

by | Dec 18, 2020 | CBD Education

CBD is one of the safest and most commonly used medications in the country. It is used to help treat several different types of conditions, including mental illnesses and physical health problems. When you buy a CBD product, you can look up its certificate of analysis to ensure that what you are about to take is safe and of good quality. But when you go to look at the certificate of analysis, you might find that you do not know where to even begin. That is because a certificate of analysis (or a COA) can be hard to read if you are unsure of what you are looking at. When you know what to look for, however, you can ensure that the CBD product in your possession is one that is safe to use. 

How to Read a Certificate of Analysis 

Once you pull up the certificate of analysis for the CBD product you want to use, you will want to make sure that several things check out. Consider the following:

  • Check the date — The date on the COA should be recent. If the COA has an older date on it, then it likely means that the company does not do the appropriate testing of the product as frequently as they should. An older date can also mean that they did not yield the same or better results in this batch, hence why they use older information.
  • Make sure it matches — It might sound like something so simple, but it is important to make sure that the name on your product matches the name on the COA. You want to be gathering information about the product you have, not a different one. Typically, the name of the product is included in the header of the COA.
  • Check for legal levels of THC — The COA breaks down how much of what is in the CBD product you are looking up. That means it includes the amount of THC that is present in the product. The legal amount of THC in CBD is 0.3%, so on the COA, look for the percentage of Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). Anything 0.3% or less checks out as being safe and unable to produce any mind-altering effects.
  • Look to verify how much CBD is present — Under the line item “cannabidiol”, you should see how many milligrams per gram of CBD are in your product. You will want to make sure that the milligrams per gram match with the marketed amount of CBD in the product.
  • Check for signatures — At the bottom of the COA, there should be the signature of the person who prepared the certificate and who it was approved by. This is the last step in making sure that your COA reflects the integrity of your CBD product.

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By making sure all of this information is correct, you are protecting your own personal health and wellbeing. You never want to put anything into your body that could potentially harm you, which is why learning how to properly read a COA is critical. In addition, it’s important to understand and recognize quality brands also test for heavy metals, mold, and other harmful properties in each batch of CBD. At Neuro XPF, we do just this. We ensure our products prove above average with our testing. We provide a certificate of analysis for each of our products, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Shop our CBD products today.

<a href="" target="_self">Kyle Turley</a>

Kyle Turley


Kyle Turley is a former NFL football offensive tackle. Outspoken with his use of Cannabis and CBD, he credits Cannabis for saving his life and continues to help create policy change around marijuana use in the NFL. He is a member of the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation NFL steering committee and is passionate about helping professional athletes suffering from physical and psychological issues recover with the help of CBD. Learn more about Kyle Turley

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