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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

 
Kazmirahttps://www.kazmira-llc.comCBD Manufacturer of THC-Free CBD Oil & CBD IsolateMon, 09 Mar 2020 22:35:28 +0000 en-UShourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1Can I Trust Certificates Of Analysis (COAs)?https://www.kazmira-llc.com/blog/can-i-trust-certificates-of-analysis/https://www.kazmira-llc.com/blog/can-i-trust-certificates-of-analysis/#respondMon, 17 Feb 2020 20:15:53 +0000https://www.kazmira-llc.com/?p=6555One of the largest questions facing consumers in the CBD industry today is ‘How do I know if my CBD product is real, reliable and safe?’’

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Can I Trust Certificates Of Analysis (COAs)?

Advice from Leading Third-Party Labs

We spoke with Eurofins and ProVerde, trusted third-party labs in the industry, to get their perspective and advice on the problem.

One of the largest questions facing consumers in the CBD industry today is ‘How do I know if my CBD product is real, reliable and safe?’ One of the most effective ways that companies have been able to answer this question is through third-party Certificates of Analysis (COA)

Independent analytical laboratories provide testing services for hemp biomass, CBD extracts and finished products in order to offer an unbiased report on the cannabinoid and contaminant levels. It tells producers and consumers alike what their product contains so they can be confident in its quality and safety.

One of the most effective ways that companies have been able to answer this question is through third-party Certificates of Analysis (COA).

In this article, we will discuss the importance of COAs, dive into the issue of fraudulent COAs in the CBD industry, and learn how to verify if a COA is trustworthy or not. We spoke with Eurofins and ProVerde, trusted third-party labs in the industry, to get their perspective and advice on the problem.

Why are COAs Important?

Eurofins recently acquired Covance Food Solutions, a nutritional testing laboratory that has been around for 80+ years specializing in consumer product analysis. “It’s a trust, but verify, industry,” said Eurofins. Whether you own a brand or processing company, you need to make sure that your materials, ingredients, and products are meeting your internal standards, customer needs, and regulations. Although it is an issue throughout the supplement market, the emphasis on quality is even more important in the CBD industry due to its use and rising popularity.

ProVerde, a third-party laboratory that specializes in cannabis analysis, also spoke on the importance of COAs. They are important “from the consumer perspective to ensure that you get what you paid for,” meaning the contents of the product match the label in terms of dose and extract type. Also, customers should be confident that their product is completely free of contaminants or unwanted compounds. From the perspective of CBD producers, COAs are helpful in understanding your processes, identifying and eliminating sources of contamination, and aiding in the development of consistent formulations. 

They are important “from the consumer perspective to ensure that you get what you paid for.”

COAs in the Supplement and Pharmaceutical Industries

Not only are COAs important in the CBD industry, but in the supplement and pharmaceutical space as well. An ‘over the counter’ drug manufacturer in Canada received a warning letter from the FDA in 2017 for failing to test incoming ingredients through a third-party lab before formulating their products. “As FDA’s letter stated, ‘You must conduct at least one specific identity test to analyze all incoming components. You may not rely on your supplier’s CoA to verify the identity of your components.'”

The general consensus is that “You need to be very skeptical of information provided by supplement manufacturers and sellers.” This goes for all types of products that you consume, but the supplement space especially. In general, supplement production is less regulated than other industries, and in the case of CBD, a product with hype and large profit potential, consumers must be wary of counterfeit products and certificates. 

The general consensus is that “You need to be very skeptical of information provided by supplement manufacturers and sellers.”

Fake COAs for CBD Products

ProVerde said that fraudulent COAs are prevalent, the two most common adulteration methods being changing the name of the company on the document or changing the reported numbers. This issue began years ago, and it’s challenging the legal marijuana industry as well. 

An article published in 2016 tells the story of a third-party supplement testing lab who found out that companies were creating fake COAs which looked identical to real certificates from the lab. Examples of companies forging COAs or insufficiently testing ingredients or products with a third party lab are everywhere.

Kazmira has also seen questionable examples of COAs that do not match test results confirmed by additional labs for the same sample. Although it is very difficult to prove any fraudulence, it is clear to the company that you shouldn’t trust a COA just because it has numbers, there must be additional steps taken to verify the accuracy and quality of the results.

Why Would a Company Want a Fake or Adulterated COA?

COAs have become a gold standard in the industry, and the word is finally getting out to consumers that they should be checking for a COA before buying a product. However, much like CBD companies themselves, third-party labs do not have a regulatory foundation that performs audits or standardizes their testing procedures. Therefore, some untrustworthy CBD businesses try to take advantage of this by producing fraudulent COAs. If companies have products that do not meet regulations or safety standards, they may try to lie about this with a fake or altered COA. Even third-party labs themselves could be ‘dry labbing,’ meaning they produce fake results to keep their clients happy and returning. 

Much like CBD companies themselves, third-party labs do not have a regulatory foundation that performs audits or standardizes their testing procedures.

On the topic of dry labs, Eurofins said, “Coming from a third-party lab and knowing how much it costs to run a test, seeing some of the pricing at other labs really makes you wonder what exactly they are doing for their testing.” It is expensive to run these tests, and cheap prices could indicate the lab is not actually performing the tests they say they are.

Testing Standardization

An interesting twist in this story is that laboratories do not have industry standard testing procedures for cannabinoids or cannabis products. Some basic safety tests are standard such as the FDA approved BAM method for detecting microbes, according to ProVerde. However, when it comes to cannabinoids, analytical methods vary from lab to lab. These methods are also adapted for different types of products whether it be hemp biomass, oil, or finished products. 

Eurofins said they follow the AOAC methods for cannabinoid testing, which they helped develop. ProVerde said they use proprietary analytical methods. According to Eurofins, labs often base their procedures off of published methods that they adapt to fit the sample or testing equipment that they possess. The point is not that one lab method is better than the other, but the fact that methods differ from lab to lab presents a dilemma for the industry. You could potentially send the same CBD sample to three different labs and get three different COA results.

The point is not that one lab method is better than the other, but the fact that methods differ from lab to lab presents a dilemma for the industry.

How to Verify A Certificate of Analysis

Eurofins and Proverde offered advice on how to verify the authenticity and quality of CBD products and their respective COAs.

  • ASK THE MANUFACTURER FOR A CERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS
  • Check for a QR code on the product package — this will link you directly to the Certificate of Analysis.
  • Make sure the COA is produced by a third-party and is not an “in-house” COA.
  • Look into the lab who produced the COA — are they reputable? Is the lab facility ISO accredited?
  • Make sure all of the identifying information is present — batch number, product name, company name and contact, lab name and contact etc.
  • Make sure all tests have been completed and reported — full cannabinoid and terpene profile, pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, microbials etc.
  • Make sure methods and detection limits such as LOD/LOQ are reported.
  • Check for a verification QR code on the COA — it should link you to the laboratory website to verify its authenticity.
  • Contact the third-party laboratory to verify if the COA provided to you matches the one they have on record.

For more information, check out our article on How to Read a Certificate of Analysis.

Be Confident in Your Choice of CBD Oil

With the lack of regulation and multitude of opportunities for fraud in the industry, it can be difficult to decide which company to purchase from. Make sure to Know Your CBD Manufacturer and understand how to verify the quality and trustworthiness of a company before you purchase. At Kazmira, we strive to be the best in class CBD manufacturer, making our company synonymous with the highest level trust and integrity in the industry. We have built relationships rooted in trust with all market stakeholders including (1) the end consumer (2) our customers (3) our farming partners (4) our employees and (5) regulatory agencies. There is a deep need to restore integrity in the industry, and Kazmira is leading that effort.

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What is the Difference Between White Label and Private Label Products?

As an industrial manufacturer of wholesale and private label CBD products, Kazmira is familiar with the confusion surrounding this question. Although the terms are very similar, there are a few distinct differences between private label and white label products. As the CBD industry continues to grow at a high rate, extraction companies and manufacturers are distributing their products through a variety of retail channels including both white and private label options.

What Are White Label Products?

White label products are produced by a manufacturer on a large scale and sold to retailers who then add their own label and sell it under a different brand name. These products are generic, meaning the same standard formulations are sold to many different retail brands. If two retailers bought the same white label product from the same manufacturer, the only difference between the two would be the label, the product itself is exactly the same.

What Are Private Label Products?

Private label products are also produced by manufacturers and sold to retailers. However, private label means that the product is not generic and produced for multiple retail outlets, rather it is co-created between the manufacturer and a specific retailer exclusively. Novel products can be developed or formulated under a private label program. Retail brands use this to differentiate their products and cater to their niche audience. 

White Label vs. Private Label

For retail businesses who are deciding between the two, it is important to note differences in price. In general, white label products will be cheaper to buy from manufacturers than private label. However, these products are generic, and unless the retailer has a solid customer base or exceptional marketing, it may be difficult to compete against name brands. Private label is more expensive, but much more involved. It is an exclusive contract between a manufacturer and retailer who can reformulate and customize products to fit their brand. Private label products are more differentiated from name brands than white label products are.

Kazmira’s Private Label CBD Program

At Kazmira, we offer a private label program which allows clients to develop custom CBD products and formulations in collaboration with our team. Our selection of popular private label options provides customers with a quick and easy way to choose CBD products for development and integration into their product line.

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Defining THC-Free CBD Oil: Find Out How Some Tinctures May Actually Have More THC Than a Marijuana Joint

Read this blog post before shopping for a CBD product.

Note: This blog post was last revised on January 2nd, 2020.

What Does THC-Free Mean?

Understanding the lingo of a rapidly expanding CBD industry, which lacks regulations and standards, can be difficult. Countless marketers bandy about odd and confusing claims. One of the most frequent assertions is that CBD products are “THC-free.” However, the true definition of this claim may not be what you expect. Let’s explore what it means to be considered “THC-free.”

The industry and legal standard for THC concentration in CBD products is less than 0.3% THC by weight. This means that a CBD product may legally contain up to three parts of THC for every 1000 parts of oil by weight. In order to determine if a product is within this legal limit, reputable CBD manufacturers have their products tested by third-party labs to obtain a Certificate of Analysis (COA). What has catapulted Kazmira as a CBD manufacturing and wholesaling leader is our unique Imperial Oil™.

What does ‘ND’ THC Mean?

Imperial Oil™ is a ~90% CBD oil with other minor cannabinoids and terpenes, as well as non-detect levels of THC. This “non-detect” (ND) level is the key to understanding this concept. 

Claiming “Zero-THC” is easy for a business owner, but from a scientific perspective, it’s more complicated than that. According to Co-CEO Dr. Priyanka Sharma, “Zero of anything in a botanical extract is impossible. ‘Non-detect’ is the accurate term.” This is because the THC concentration in Kazmira’s Imperial Oil™ and Silver Plume Oil™ is too minuscule to be detected by the sensitive instruments used in third-party labs.

CBD Oil Without THC

Kazmira’s Imperial™ and Silver Plume™ oils have no detectable trace of THC and are therefore considered “non-detect” (ND).  The third party COA (shown below) reports the various ND cannabinoids including THC and THCV.

Kazmira COA from 3rd Party Labs

(Figure 1: Kazmira COA from a 3rd Party Lab)

How to Tell if a Product Actually Contains No THC

Notice in the COA image above that the oil contains close to 85% CBD by weight, as well as non-detect levels of THC and THCV, and a small percentage of Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Cannabigerol (CBG). The third party lab cannot detect any THC in Kazmira’s oil, and is therefore deemed THC-free. However, this is not the case for many CBD manufacturers who boast “THC-free” products. The legal standard for CBD oils is not “non-detect,” but instead under 0.3% THC by weight.

End-products, such as tinctures and gummies, that don’t contain Kazmira oils, often contain oils with detectable levels of THC. Although still within the legal limit at less than 0.3% THC, this could be enough to intoxicate. Surprisingly, CBD products with levels below the legal limit could be detected in a drug test and result in failure if enough is consumed. Poor manufacturing standards and dilution shortcuts have exacerbated this unfortunate but common occurrence as recently pointed out by Forbes magazine.

The term ‘Full Spectrum’ commonly refers to products which contain federally compliant levels of THC (below 0.3%). ‘Broad Spectrum’ usually refers to products that are THC-free, or contain ND levels of THC. However, these terms are not standardized in any way, so no matter what the CBD product says on the packaging (full or broad spectrum), it is important to verify exactly how much THC is in the product.

How Much THC is in My CBD Product?

The truth about CBD consumption is that dosage varies drastically between individuals due to personal preferences and inconsistent instructions from manufacturers. Some CBD research documents have reported using doses of CBD ranging from 5mg to over 1000mg. Although CBD oils are usually consumed on the order of drops or a few milliliters, some people may take half or all of a 30mL bottle to receive their desired effects. Even at these high concentrations, CBD is non-toxic and customers are at liberty to consume at will. However, ingesting large quantities of CBD oil can be problematic because, as previously discussed, products that claim to be free of THC often aren’t. 

Let’s examine the amount of THC that may be consumed from a half or full 30mL bottle of CBD oil.

Certificate of Analysis (COA) of a typical CBD Oil tincture

Figure 2: Certificate of Analysis (COA) of a typical CBD Oil tincture

The tincture examined by a third-party lab in the COA image in Figure 2 above shows 0.24wt% THC which is representative of a typical full spectrum CBD tincture on the market. This equals approximately 35.1mg of THC in a half-bottle and 70.2mg of THC in the entire bottle. That is more than enough THC to produce intoxicating psychoactive effects.

How to Calculate the Total Amount of THC in a CBD Oil With Less Than 0.3wt% THC

We will use the Certificate of Analysis above in Figure 2 as a reference for a CBD oil which is under the legal THC limit at 0.24% THC by weight. The “Conc.” column, which stands for, “Concentration” indicates there are 2.34 milligrams of THC per milliliter of CBD oil. The method for calculating this is shown below.

0.24g/100mL x 1000 = 240mg/100mL = 2.4mg/mL

Water has a density of 1g/ml, but the density of oil varies between 0.93g/mL to 0.98g/mL based on the type and viscosity of the oil. The equation below compensates for the difference in density.

2.4mg/mL x 97.5% =  2.34mg/mL

To calculate the amount of THC in a standard 30mL bottle of CBD oil we multiply the above by 30.

2.34mg/mL x 30mL =  70.2mg THC

This 70.2mg of THC is within the legal limit for a 30mL bottle of CBD oil and oils with this THC concentration are commonly sold in today’s full spectrum CBD market. This is a substantial amount of THC. Although CBD oil is commonly consumed in small quantities, large doses could deliver enough THC to produce intense psychoactivity.

Let’s start with a benchmark that is easily understood: the joint. The average American marijuana cigarette contains 300 mg of Cannabis and has an average of 16% THC concentration.

300mg  x 0.16 = 48mg THC

If an average joint contains around 48mg of THC, and it is possible to feel the psychoactive effects after only a couple of puffs, it stands to reason that 70.2mg of THC in a 30mL bottle of CBD can produce extreme psychoactive effects, particularly for those with low tolerances.

The key takeaway is that a CBD oil tincture with less than 0.3% THC may actually have more THC than you realize. Truly ‘THC-free’ products will have ND levels of THC reported in their COA. It’s up to you to verify the amount of THC in the products you consume.

*Note: Bioavailability for smoking/inhalation versus sublingual may differ.

Want to Learn More?

Check out The Solution to Dilution discusses in detail how some manufacturers are using dilution shortcuts to make their oils THC compliant.

Pesticides in CBD Oil covers the prevalence of contaminants in CBD products and how dilution is sometimes used by untrustworthy manufacturers as a way to hide them from consumers.

Our blog provides education on a wide variety of topics in the CBD industry. Get your questions answered!

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Dr. Sharma Featured in Hemp Industry Dailyhttps://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-sharma-featured-in-hemp-industry-daily/https://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-sharma-featured-in-hemp-industry-daily/#respondThu, 26 Dec 2019 19:20:21 +0000https://www.kazmira-llc.com/?p=6367Hemp Industry Daily asked 20 experts in the industry what their predictions were for hemp and CBD in 2020.

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Dr. Sharma Featured in Hemp Industry Daily

Hemp Industry Daily asked 20 experts in the industry what their predictions were for hemp and CBD in 2020. Find out what the new year might look like from leading hemp industry insiders. Dr. Priyanka Sharma says, “I foresee more consumer awareness on traceability of product from farm to shelf.”

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https://hempindustrydaily.com/20-predictions-for-2020-insiders-handicap-whats-ahead-for-the-hemp-market/

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Dr. Sharma Featured in SVN Spacehttps://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-sharma-featured-in-svn-space/https://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-sharma-featured-in-svn-space/#respondThu, 12 Dec 2019 19:54:10 +0000https://www.kazmira-llc.com/?p=6329Svn Space featured Dr. Priyanka Sharma, Co-CEO of Kazmira, in an article where they discuss Dr. Sharma's experience as a woman in the STEM and CBD space.

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Dr. Sharma Featured in SVN Space

Svn Space featured Dr. Priyanka Sharma, Co-CEO of Kazmira, in an article where they discuss Dr. Sharma’s experience as a woman in the STEM and CBD space. While bringing modern science and technology to the CBD industry, Dr. Sharma is encouraging young women to pursue STEM careers, calling for more female representation in the CBD world as well as science and engineering in general.

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CBD Source Podcast Features Dr. Priyanka Sharmahttps://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/cbd-source-podcast-features-dr-priyanka-sharma/https://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/cbd-source-podcast-features-dr-priyanka-sharma/#respondTue, 03 Dec 2019 18:00:40 +0000https://www.kazmira-llc.com/?p=6288Kazmira's co-CEO Dr. Priyanka Sharma joins CBD Source Podcast for an in depth interview covering topics from women in the industry to CBD products that contain THC.

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CBD Source Podcast Features Dr. Priyanka Sharma

Kazmira’s co-CEO Dr. Priyanka Sharma joins CBD Source Podcast for an in depth interview covering topics from women in the industry to CBD products that contain THC. Get Dr. Sharma’s perspective on the CBD industry and its future.

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Dr. Priyanka Sharma Featured in Culture Magazinehttps://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-priyanka-sharma-featured-in-culture-magazine/https://www.kazmira-llc.com/news/dr-priyanka-sharma-featured-in-culture-magazine/#respondTue, 12 Nov 2019 20:52:35 +0000https://www.kazmira-llc.com/?p=6246The popular cannabis publication Culture Magazine recently featured a story on the engineering expertise that Kazmira brings to the CBD industry.

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The popular cannabis publication Culture Magazine recently featured a story on the engineering expertise that Kazmira brings to the CBD industry. Dr. Sharma’s experience as a chemical engineer, and her focus on bringing science and technology to the CBD world, is ensuring safe and consistently THC-Free products on the CBD market.

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