CBD COA’s – Lab Reports – You Must Read Them

CBD COA’s – Lab Reports – You Must Read Them

CBD COA’s – CBD Vape Lab Reports

The number #1 most important thing to do when buying CBD vape products is:

Check the Lab Reports!!!!!!!!!!

The CBD Revolution

The CBD movement is game-changing. People are taking wellness into their own hands. We are finding exactly what gives us relief.

The flip side of this is that we are responsible for finding safe, effective CBD vape products to use.

That’s really imperative because as of right now because the CBD industry is self-regulated.

CBD Wild West

CBD old west

CBD has hit the world so fast the the Food and Drug Administration FDA hasn’t been able to evaluate it or set any guidelines.

The best CBD companies are foreseeing FDA regulations and setting their own standards that will satisfy that regulatory agency.

Average companies that make CBD vape juice have quality control issues and quite often the product and the label don’t exactly match up.

The worst companies are selling dangerous garbage just to cash in on the CBD’s popularity. 

Until the FDA and the USDA start setting standards we have to look out for ourselves.

The Potential Problems

Hemp is a bioaccumulator. In other words, hemp soaks up and stores whatever touches its roots. That’s one of the reasons it’s packed with so many wonderful compounds – it sucks up and absorbs massive amounts of minerals from the soil.

Of course, along with minerals, it can absorb bad chemicals as well – pesticides, heavy metals.

If not stored properly it will develop mold and host bacteria.

Furthermore, if the extraction is poorly done, industrial solvents like butane may be present in the final product.

Additionally, the levels of CBD and other phytochemicals could vary wildly from batch to batch.

So you see, we need proof that there’s no bad stuff in our CBD – and that all the good stuff that we paid for is in there.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to check. Just look at the COA.

CBD COA’s – Certificates of Analysis

A reputable manufacturer of CBD hemp vape products will readily provide independent, 3rd-party lab results of all their products. If you can’t find them on their website, email and ask for the latest results. If they don’t respond, move on.

Good companies pay labs to test for the following:

  • Pesticides
  • Heavy metals
  • Bacteria
  • Yeast and Mold
  • Solvents
  • CBD levels
  • Minor Cannabinoid Levels
  • Terpene levels

The test results should be recent – no older than a couple of months.

Ideally, they will reference a lot  or batch number that is listed on the product packaging. Quite often there is a QR code that you can scan to match the report with the product.

Preferably, the lab results should be in a PDF format – scanned images of lab reports are a bit sketchy.

The lab contact information will be clearly displayed. The lab reports will also be signed and dated.

Reading a CBD COA

You don’t have to be a science nerd to read and understand a CBD COA. They are pretty straight forward.

Also, keep in mind that these tests are the final ones on the finished products. Hemp is tested while growing in the field and also during extraction.

Most of the pages show negative results for all the bad stuff. You’re just not going to see a report that shows unacceptable levels of pesticides or bacteria etc. If a batch tests positive for dangerous stuff, it’s destroyed.

The page with the cannabinoids levels – usually the first page – is the most interesting. It’s proof that you’re getting the good stuff – and also that the THC is below the legal limit.

Detailed CBD hemp COA

Notable Points on CBD COA

  1. Manufacturer
  2. Dates
  3. Product name
  4. QR code to download report and tie to product batch.
  5. Cannabinoid analysis
  6. Total amount of CBD per package
  7. Testing lab contact info and signature of director

Checking for the Bad Stuff

CBD COA lab test for pesticides


Above is one of the many pages that show test results for the bad stuff – pesticides, solvents, microbes, metals. Naturally, the more of these things that they test for –  the better.

BTW, LOQ stands for limit of quantitation. In other words, the LOQ is the smallest measurable quantity. If it’s below this level, it is the same as none detected.

Ignore the Matrix Spike

Lab reports can be confusing.

Sometimes there is a section that has a header called “matrix spike duplicate” MSD

This is a sample that the lab spikes with a specific amount of a substance to test the accuracy of their results.

So if you see an “above the range” result, it doesn’t mean that the original sample actually tested positive. It just means that their instruments measured a different result from the spiked amount.

Go back to see if anything was detected over LOQ amount.


You have to, have to, have to –

check the COA for any CBD vape product you buy. 

It just takes five minutes, and right now it’s the only assurance you have.

Remember the results for a Hemp/CBD COA should:

  • Be recent
  • Reference a batch number
  • Have a QR code for look up
  • Be a PDF
  • Have the lab contact info
  • Be signed by an agent of the laboratory 

Take charge of your wellness and be an informed consumer and …



Breath in the goodness of CBD

John Astrab



Hemp and its byproducts are not yet considered medicine and it are not intended to treat or cure any specific ailment. We make no claims as such.

All information, content, and material of this blog post is for informational purposes only and not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

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