How to Read CBD/Hemp Labels
A proper label will come from a Certificate of Analysis (COA) where a 3rd Party licensed laboratory will test the products for the percentage of Cannabinoids. Always make sure the products come with a unredacted clearly labeled COA. Most labs will test for the following: THC, CBD, CBN and CBG. There are many more Cannabinoids out there but these are the ones most people care about today. THC and CBD are the ones that most focus on today but in the future you see CBN and CBG as they do offer a lot of healing power. The will also show THCa and CBDa. These are the ones the hang most people up.
What’s the difference between THCa/CBDa and THC/CBD?
THCa/CBDa can become THC/CBD but only if heat is applied (Decarboxylation). Typically, during the processing of Industrial Hemp to Crude, Distillate or Isolate the conversation is made from CBDa to CBD. Industrial Hemp purchased in Raw format will typically have both THCa and THC. Most COA’s will have also have the total possible THC or CBD levels. The formula for total possible is: THC + (THCa*.877) = Total Possible THC. The key here is possible and not the legally defined levels.
What THC levels are legal?
The old Farm Bill (signed by Obama) and the new Farm Bill (currently sitting on Trump’s desk) both say 0.3 % THC. They don’t say anything on THCa. Anything you purchase must be under the 0.3 % THC per federal levels. Some states have higher levels of THC requirements. We advise you check with your local state agriculture department for those higher limits if needed