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Hemp “COA” Certificate of Analysis – Staying Compliant

Video Transcript

Hey everybody. My name is Fallon Hanley with Bonafide Seeds in Lakewood, Colorado. And I want to take some time with you today to help explain what a hemp COA is or a certificate of analysis and how to read it, and maybe how to judge the qualities of what you’re looking at to make a good decision about what you should or shouldn’t be potentially growing in your field next year.

THC compliance has become a really big deal. Here at Bonafide. That’s our biggest concern and all the seeds that we’re making. We want to make sure we’re not selling anything to anyone that is going to get destroyed at the end of the year and have to be turned into dust. Okay, so I’m using the Jamaican Lion strain that we’ve found in Bonafide Seeds.

This is a real winner. We’ve got, it has high CBD potencies, it has great terpene structures, and it’s a very fast finishing strain. So you’re going to plant this in your field and anywhere South of Colorado. Colorado or South. This is going to be done by mid September, and it’s going to save you from all your freezes, all your colds.

You’re not gonna have to worry about any of that, okay? But I want to take the time and show you the difference between what a flower test is and what a homogenized and milled test is. Okay? Over here in blue, we’ve got activated CBD at 0.35 unactivated CBD at 16.73 we’ve got no Delta9 THC. And we’ve got unactivated THCA at 0.7 okay.

The Colorado department of ag says that total THC is your Delta9, plus your THCA times 0.877 so if we do that math on this flower test, we get a total THC of 0.6139 that’s well above the 0.3 but just bear with me for a second and I’m going to show you what happens when I actually cut a whole branch off the plant.

Dry that branch and then mill the branch together to create a powder homogenized sample. These are the results we’ve got over here in red. This is a milled or a homogenized test. Okay. The potencies are always going to be much less than this because we’ve had to dilute the THC in the STEM and fan leaf is a much less potent part of the cannabis or the hemp plant, and that’s what we’re using to drop this THC down.

Okay. CBD. Activated CBD at 0.15 CBDA unactivated CVE at 9.17 we still don’t have any Delta9 THC because stems or fan leaves would not have added any of that to our buds. So that’s still at zero. And our THCA our unactivated. THC has dropped down to 0.39 okay? So if we multiply 0.39 by 0.877 that math gives us a 0.342 total THC read.

Okay. And we know from. Ranges and leniencies and kind of wiggle room from all the language that we’ve heard that anything around or under 0.35 in THC is going to end up being compliant because you know, I could send the same sample off to three different labs and hypothetically get three different results for that same sample.

User error. There’s all sorts of different things that create some kind of a buffer for the actual accuracy from the lab that we’re getting. So if we can have anything under 0.35 right around that 0.3 level, we’re happy with that. Okay. So this is an explanation of what one strain of hemp is going to look like, but when you put all this together, this is the kind of math that’s gonna make sense to create something that’s going to be compliant on the backend.

If you start to see a COA, a flower test to COA that potentially has, let’s say 20% CBD, you know, 0.15 Delta nine THC and potentially 0.8 THCA that extra three points of CBDA. Is it really going to help you that much because of how much you’re going to have to dilute that material on the backend in order to come up with a compliant, you know, under 0.3, 5.3 THC level.

So at Bonafide Seeds, we’ve identified a lot of these strings that are fast flowering, that have really competitive CBD readings, but also can be compliant in your field on the backend. If this raises any questions for anyone, we’d love to help you out. Even if we don’t have the seed for your field next year, we’d love to.

Help educate you and just kind of hold your hand on your search to actually finding what is going to work for you in 2020. Um, I hope this helped everyone. I hope this cleared up some confusion and please reach out to us if you have any more questions. We’d love to help you out. Thanks again. Have a good day.

Fallon Hanley

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Fallon boasts 15 years of experience in growing and breeding cannabis and hemp, and managing grows.