Ahh… testing. Around the Wake Forest campus, testing has never been a fun topic! In 2020, testing for COVID-19 has given us a whole new terrible association with “testing”.
It’s not exactly one of the sexiest areas of life, but when it comes to finding high-quality CBD, testing the quality of the hemp flower you are about to consume is of the utmost importance! Winston-Salem has no shortage of places to purchase CBD products. However, many of them are unlikely to actually contain CBD as specified.
Why is testing your CBD product so important?
Well, in simple terms: the hemp plant is like a sponge!
Hemp is what is known as a bioaccumulator. It sucks up the good, bad, and ugly from whatever medium it is being grown in. Since most CBD crude is from outdoor-grown hemp, this is especially important! For example, a lot of new hemp farms are popping up around the US. Many of them were used for things prior to growing hemp. If toxins, pesticides, or heavy metals were left in the soil, the hemp will probably absorb them.
If you’ve looked closely at the labels in a grocery store, you know they claim all sorts of things. Organic! Natural! Part of a healthy breakfast! Whether you want to believe it or not, though, many product labels from Whole Foods most likely aren’t telling you the whole truth.
Sure, that box of cereal is part of a healthy breakfast – if the breakfast is mostly fruit, and you eat exactly 12 pieces of cereal. But that’s not what the label says. Often, these labels aren’t regulated closely by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), allowing companies to bend the truth to tell you what you want to hear.
Unfortunately, this kind of mislabeling is even more prevalent in the cannabidiol (CBD) industry, which is not yet regulated. Thankfully, your friends at Longleaf Provisions Company have the low-down on how to avoid being scammed!
First of all, what the heck is a COA?
A Certificate Of Analysis (COA) is a document that details the lab tests and their subsequent results. Not only should the COA be easily accessible, but it should also be published by a third-party testing company.
A typical COA will give you detailed answers to these questions:
- Does the company care enough to test its products? You can instantly eliminate a large percentage of CBD companies out there by confirming whether or not they have COAs.
- Is the product safe to consume? Hemp can contain potentially harmful metals, pesticides, residual solvents, or biological contaminants.
- Is the product consistent with claims made by companies about concentration or levels of the various cannabinoids?
If you’re looking at a CBD product and see terms like “ND” and “LOQ,” they actually do mean something. ND means “non-detected” and LOQ refers to the “limit of quantitation.” LOQ is basically the lowest level at which the concentration of something can be detected.
Whether you’re in the market for hemp flower, CBD tinctures, or other cannabidiol products, be sure to do your research on whether or not the products are tested. At Longleaf Provisions Co., we make it simple for our customers to know what ingredients are included in our products.
Visit our page on COAs for all of the certificates of analysis on our products. Have questions? Stop by our store located at 1308 South Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.