Cannabis and the KopSun Stamp of Approval

Before any cannabis product can be considered for the KopSun Stamp of Approval, it must have a Certificate of Analysis (CoA). As you might have guessed, a CoA is a California state issued document, which prompts you to further guess that a ton of redundant jargon, circular logic, and running in circles is right around the corner. And you’d be guessing correctly, but …

Fear not!

KopSun has you covered. Our industry insider, Terra Stephan of Central Coast Cannalytics LLC cuts through all the bureaucratic wordiness and speaks CofA in clear English. Thanks Terra!

First, a bit about Terra. She is the founder and COO of Central Coast Cannalytics LLC, which is a cannabis testing laboratory. Terra is establishing a regional testing facility in Santa Barbara County. And you know KopSun is all about keeping it local.

According to Terra, a passing grade on a CoA is a laboratory certification that the product tested has passed all safety and quality measures set forth by the Bureau of Cannabis Control. This means that the product is free of, or within acceptable limits of any additives that could bind itself to the product during the cultivation and/or manufacturing stages. This could be anything from rodent hairs to pesticides or residual solvents. The goal is to eliminate any toxic dangers the consumer, whether they are immunocompromised or perfectly healthy, may experience from ingesting any cannabis product. 

Here is some of the necessary info on a CoA:

  • Testing lab’s license number, name, and address

  • Cannabis distributor’s license number, name and address

  • Cultivator’s name

  • Batch info corresponding to batch sample

  • Sample type, for example, edible, flower

  • Date collected, date received, date of analysis

  • Analytical methodology

  • … and lots more fine print

We asked Terra the best way for consumers to read cannabis product labels

There are two labels every compliant product package should have: the primary label and the informational label. The primary label will, at a minimum, reflect the name of the product and the total volume of contents within the package. Generally, manufactured goods are displayed with weight in milligrams, while edibles and other products can be in grams, as long as dosage can be determined from the net weight. The informational label should reflect the nutritional data: grams per serving of fats, sugars or carbs; relevant allergens, such as peanuts in edibles; and all ingredients. A compliant informational label also will have contact information of the producer along with instructions for use. 

Compliant products also should have a testing label displaying the THC and CDB content, UID (unique ID number/ METRC/batch number), and possibly the laboratory that issued the CoA. Please note, testing labels are not always required and are usually in the form of a sticker that was placed on the package at a later time. 

KopSun salutes the cannabis testing labs and thanks them for their pioneering work. The labs are integral to safe and clean products. As for the future role labs will play in the growing cannabis industry, Terra sees the strength of the client-lab relationship distinguishing mediocre labs from quality labs. She believes there needs to be a transparent relationship involving education and advisement to fully understand the results of analysis. A solid lab will facilitate a deeper understanding with subtleties in results to help solve the problems that will improve clients’ success.

That’s the kind of relationship building KopSun champions!

If you’d like to contact Central Coast Cannalytics, email here or call 805-755-9717.


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