How To Read A Potency (Cannabinoid) Certificate Of Analysis

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Name Given To Sample (Typically Strain Name For Flower Test)

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Company/Person(s) Who Ordered The Test

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Test Type

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Sample ID Number (Used By Lab)

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Standard Calculation Used To Calculate Decarboxylated Potential (Total THC & Total CBD)

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Company Performing The Test

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Cannabinoid Levels

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Delta 9-THC Level (0.3% Legal Limit)

Understanding your Certificate of analysis

Reading a Certificate of Analysis can seem daunting at first glance. It’s an information overload filled with numbers, characters, and abbreviations. What does it all mean? First, we have to know what we’re looking at. There are several different analyses that can be performed on hemp and hemp derived products.

A Cannabinoid analysis (can also be called a potency test)…analyzes..Cannabinoids…So what does that mean? What are Cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds contained within the Cannabis plant. These compounds are responsible for the effects you feel when you ingest the flower or cannabis containing product. CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Delta 9-THC to be exact) are two of the more commonly discussed and sought after Cannabinoids, and these are called “Major Cannabinoids”. But there are dozens of others, sometimes called “Minor Cannabinoids”. These include CBG, CBC, CBN, CBT, Delta 8-THC, and THCV, among others. There is much research yet to be done on the potential health benefits of each of the Minor Cannabinoids.

Dealing with Hemp, it is important to understand a Cannabinoid test for a variety of reasons. First, you want to make sure the product you are receiving is compliant with federal (and local) guidelines. For most states, this means the product must contain less than 0.3% Delta 9-THC by weight. Other forms of THC are not considered for purposes of legality in most places, but check your local guidelines if you want to be sure. Next, you want to see the levels of the other Cannabinoids, including CBD and the minor Cannabinoids. Certain strains that are higher in specific minor Cannabinoids (CBC or CBG for example) may work better for you, but you will only find this out if you know what is in the product you are consuming.

Understanding your Terpene Test

Next up we have the Terpene Analysis. Aside from Cannabinoids, the Cannabis plant also contains Terpenes, which are compounds that give Cannabis its smell and flavor, but also have a host of their own therapeutic benefits. 

Terpenes also occur naturally in nature. Pretty much any plant that is growing has terpenes in it. Herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables all contain these important compounds. In recent years, some companies have begun extracting these compounds for use in aroma therapy and essential oils. There are some people out there who have experienced tremendous relief with the use of Terpenes alone.

Terpenes work synergystically with Cannabinoids to enhance effectiveness and perhaps increase relief. Some common Terpenes found in Hemp can be seen below.

How To Read A Terpene Analysis

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Name Given To Sample (Typically Strain Name For Flower Test)

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Company/Person(s) Who Ordered The Test

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Test Type

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Sample ID Number (Used By Lab)

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Company Performing The Test

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Total Terpene Percentage

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Individual Terpene Levels

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