The cannabis plant has been used for phytoremediation (meaning it pulls heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and even radiation from the soil). The hemp
plant does this because it has an extensive and deep root system. When the hemp
plant pulls these toxic components from the soil they may accumulate and concentrate in the roots and stems of the plant. A certificate of analysis
(COA) from a third-party laboratory is critical in that it will show if there are any toxins in the product you purchase. In addition to showing if there are any toxins in the product, the COA also verifies that it is free of microbial contamination, such as bacteria, molds and fungi and it provides an analysis of the cannabinoids
present in the final formulation.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? The cannabis market is highly unregulated, with new manufacturers entering the space daily. Not all manufacturers are honest and reputable. There was a study of online CBD
companies in 2017 that showed 70% of the products that were studied were mislabeled and didn’t contain the concentrations that were advertised. A COA from a third-party laboratory verifies the validity of what is being marketed. You should be able to access the report for the specific batch you purchased, not only from the manufacturer but also from an independent third-party laboratory. These laboratory reports will show the concentrations of the phytocannabinoids
, such as the concentration of CBD
. It will also verify that there is less than 0.3% THC
which makes it legal federally (see the Farm Bill of 2018). Dr. Fossum’s Pet Care provides a QR code on our package that allows you to access third-party laboratory verification of the specific product that you are purchasing for your pet.