Due to recent changes in state legislatures around the country that have followed the public’s corresponding changes in opinion with respect to cannabis, the industry is growing rapidly. The team at Elite Diagnostics is on board with the cannabis craze and are fully prepared to help lead the charge on your cannabis testing facility.
Cannabis laboratories tend to focus on tests for residual solvents, physical and microbial contamination, potency, and terpenes. Below isa brief overview of how each of these testing procedures work:
Residual Solvent Analysis
This process involves extracting active ingredients from the cannabis at which time. After extraction, further testing may be required to ensure the highest possible percentage of solvents has been removed from the cannabis. At this stage, the amount of residual solvent left in the processed cannabis can be measured, expressed in parts per million (ppm).
Perhaps the most imperative step in the testing process; microbial testing is vital for three key reasons: 1. without limits or testing requirements for microbiological contamination, patients are at risk for infections; 2. exposure to toxins can directly impact the health of a patient or can create an immune crisis for the patient even when there are no viable microorganisms present; and 3. the existence of microbial organisms can be an indication that the steps in the process for creating the product are not clearly defined, controlled, or monitored.
Potency of cannabis refers to the percentage of cannabinoids contained in the sample being tested. Levels of THC and CBD are tested in each sample, and, depending on what state your testing facility is in, labs may opt to run further testing as well.
Terpenes are the flavor and fragrance compounds present in cannabis. These are often added for recreational uses of cannabis and can be measured using LC/MS technology.