3rd Party Lab Testing
COAs - Certificates of Analysis
3rd Party lab analysis/testing is the industry standard for quality assurance.
With a little education on how to read them, you can be an expert CBD product consumer and know how to tell which products are worth trying!
Below we will show you our COAs, how to read them, and give tips on what to look for from anyone selling CBD products.
For our individual product COAs, visit our SHOP CBD page and select the second product photo for the item.
First of 2 - State Required Cannabinoid Testing
For compliance with the hemp farming pilot programs adopted by the NCDA as well as most other states across the U.S., farmers are required by law to have these first two COAs completed at specified times.
For this first COA, hemp farmers are required to notify the NCDA when their plants transition into the flowering stage, meaning when the plants start producing the bud structure that produces cannabinoids like CBD & THC. The NCDA sends out an agent to take trimmings from the top buds of our plants and collect them for 3rd party lab testing. The NCDA contracts out this service to an ISO & DEA certified analytical testing lab called Delta-9 Analytical. They test the buds to ensure that the THC content is at or below the Federal legal limit of .3% and so long as it is, the crop is approved to harvest.
Since Delta-9 Analytical is the newly NCDA contracted hemp testing lab, we are currently using them for all our 3rd party lab testing. We previously used Avazyme, Inc as they were the first to hold the NCDA contract for hemp testing.
Second of 2 - State Required Cannabinoid Testing
The second state required cannabinoid test is to be conducted on a hemp farmer's flower post-harvest. This is required to be done before the product is either sold or processed into CBD products. So long as the Delta-9 THC level is at or below .3%, the harvest is approved to take to market or be processed for finished CBD goods. As you can see in the COA to the right, our 2020 harvest tested out at .06% Delta-9 THC, well below the Federal legal limit that defines hemp.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A FRAUDULENT COA
Always be sure to look for company information on the COA. On the COA to the right you can clearly see in the top right corner Piedmont Green company details. Many CBD companies have been posting COAs on their website or linking through QR codes to COAs that show no business information whatsoever. This means that they are using a "shared" COA and there is no possible way of knowing whether the product you are using is the same product tested in the COA. Avoid any company that does not have their business info on their COAs.
Post-Processing Full Panel COA