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So, over here, Shannon asked what I thought of the CBD oil she's using for Bailey. I'd like to continue this discussion here because the Forum topic is more appropriate. Here goes.
So the first place I always look when researching any product is to locate the Certificate of Analysis (COA). It's the telltale sign if a product manufacturer is in the industry for the greater good, or just selling garbage. The COA document that tells you what the product has been tested for (pesticides, heavy metals, mold/fungus, and how much / what type of cannabinoids are in it).
If a company has a product COA that's no more than 6 months old, that's a great sign they go the extra mile to make a good product! If it's more than 6 months old, I want to know why. Each company's cannabis product harvest must be regularly tested to ensure integrity. Those results get reported on the COA.
When an analysis is done by a credentialed ISO lab, even better. There are usually (not always, as in Innovet's lab report) ISO specific seals/markings on the COA that will tell you what accreditations the lab has obtained.
If the cannabis product manufacturer doesn't have a COA at all, don't use their products. There's no way to tell what's in it.
Getting back to Innovet ... they seem to go the extra mile on some important things, like getting USDA Organic certification. Theirs is orignally from 2017. This certification needs to be renewed every year. I'd like to know if they have renewed within the last 12 months. They don't indicate renewal date.
Innovet makes it a little hard to find their COA, but after digging around, I located it here for your product. Here are my thoughts:
- Their COA is a year old and just expired. They do say they are updating their COAs. I would call them to ask for a current COA on your product.
- The lab they use does have ISO credentials, which is good. Not all labs are credentialed. I had to look at the lab's website to find the credentials though.
- Innovet's COA only reports on the cannabinoids in the product. The COA findings report what they claim in their marketing materials/website. That's good!
- What I don't find good is that this is an incomplete COA. They did not test this product for heavy metals, fungus/mold, and pesticides. I'd like to know why. It costs extra money to get those tests done on every crop. So if you like the product, I would ask the company why they are not testing for these factors. It will be interesting what they tell you.
I know it seems crazy that we need to look into all these factors when considering a cannabis product purchase. But it's the only way to know what is really in the product, if we are spending our money wisely, and if the product will help and not harm our pets (and ourselves if we use them).
Other companies out there are doing everything 100% right. A few of the ones that are include ElleVet, Hippie Hounds, and Genie's Therapeutics.
Hope this helps!
14 May 2022
22 February 2013
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