A COA, or Certificate of Analysis, is a lab report from an accredited laboratory that details the number of various cannabinoids and other substances that are found in a product.
According to state law and various other industry-wide regulations, a COA should detail the following:
The cannabinoid profile measures the active cannabinoids in a sample and is the primary way to tell a product’s purity and potency. The two primary cannabinoids of note in Delta-8 products are Delta-9 THC (which must be below 0.3%) and CBD.
Terpenes are the aromatic elements in the hemp plant that give different varieties of hemp their distinctive flavors and can change the type of “high” you experience.
This tests if the sample contains harmful contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria, microbial life, mycotoxins, and pesticides.