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Certificate of Analysis: What to Look for When Buying CBD Products

Updated: Jun 23, 2021


What is a Certificate of Analysis?

A Certificate of Analysis (or COA for short) is basically a document from an accredited lab showing concentrations of cannabis in a product. This document ensures:

  • Products are advertising the correct levels of cannabis in a product

  • Products are within a legal area

  • Any additional cannabinoids are identified

Why is a COA important?



COAs are extremely important to ensure products you are buying are safe and what is advertised. When you buy a CBD product from a place like a gas station, where no COA is available, you run the risk of putting dangerous compounds in your body.


Most retailers (like us) will have certificates of analysis. Make sure anyone you get hemp products from has these to ensure quality, safety, and legality.


Identifying Abbreviations in COAs

When reading a COA, it is important to understand the abbreviations of the chemicals listed. The main ones are:

  • D9-THC- Delta 9 THC

  • CBD- Cannabinoid oil

  • CBDA- Cannabidiolic Acid

  • THCA- Tetrahydrocannabonic Acid


Everyone buys CBD products for different needs. Don't do yourself a disservice by buying random, cheap products from a gas station.



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