It’s the liquid in the bottle that brings people so much hope — those dealing with anxiety, chronic pain, sleep deprivation, addiction and more, who believe cannabidiol (CBD) oil brings them much-needed relief. But it’s the words and numbers on a piece of paper that provide those same people with certainty that what they’re getting is the real thing.
The Certificate of Analysis — CoA for short — is how responsible CBD vendors like Nature’s Highway prove their products contain everything they say it does. With no federal regulation of the cannabis industry, and only a few states regulating hemp-derived products for something other than industrial use, it falls on producers to prove both the purity of their merchandise, as well as detail everything that’s inside that bottle of tincture, that tube of cream, or that edible gummy.
That verification is performed by an independent lab — in the case of Nature’s Highway, DB Labs of Las Vegas, which was founded in 2014 and has since become a gold-certified lab offering stringent, high-quality analysis. The lab supplies a CoA for each type of CBD product, and responsible vendors like Nature’s Highway post those CoAs on their website, as opposed to other companies who force potential customers to contact them and ask for a CoA — or, don’t subject their products to any independent analysis at all.