Hemp Analysis: How To Read A Batch Certificate
By Adriaan Zimmerman
Don’t Settle for Anything Less
Many companies claim transparency, but what does full transparency actually mean?
Here at Ned, it means you can track your product from seed to shelf. The Batch Report or Hemp Certificate of Analysis is critical to this transparency.
What is a Certificate of Analysis?
Any CBD company worth their salt will test their ingredients for purity and potency and post the results publicly. These batch reports should be quickly and easily accessible. Testing should be done by a third-party laboratory with no affiliation to the company and no conflicts of interest.
What’s a Batch Number?
In the CBD world, a batch refers to CBD extract produced at the same time, from the same hemp plants, grown in the same conditions. Each batch is given a number which allows that batch to be tracked and monitored for purity and safety.
Make sure the batch number on your product matches the batch report.
Make the QR code connection
Each report should have a QR code. This is your protection against fraud and test result tampering. Scan the code and you’ll connect to the lab’s website where they post the same certificate of analysis. They should match exactly.
Ned’s Promise on Each Page
On each product page, you’ll find Ned’s Quality & Transparency section which shows that product’s Cannabinoid Profile and links to its Certificate of Analysis (COA). These COAs—or batch reports—can be daunting but they don’t need to be.
The cannabinoid Profile and Potency section lists all the cannabinoids found in the extract including CBD and THC. To be a legal CBD product, there must be less than 0.3% THC content. Check the CBD concentration. You want the highest possible since that’s what you’re buying. You should also see other cannabinoids, such as CBC, CBG, and CBDV listed which ensures you’re buying a full-spectrum oil.
Heavy Metal Analysis
A COA will also test for heavy metals which is particularly important for hemp since it’s often used as a ‘cleansing crop’ to clean up soils. You may see heavy metals if the soil has been compromised. Search for top offenders such as lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. ND means None Detected.
Lab results indicate the presence of bacteria and prove the product is “shelf stable” and no bacteria can grow. A COA will also alert you to the presence of pesticides and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). A PASS on all of these indicates a pure, clean, healthful product.
By taking the time to understand these lab reports, you’ll be able to shop with confidence and knowledge and incorporate one of nature’s most powerful plant allies into your daily self-care routine.