Third-party lab testing remains an integral part of the cannabis business. It ensures that the cannabis products purchased by consumers stay safe. Transparent Lab testing imparts a company’s integrity to all consumers. Consumers knowing exactly that what they are buying is the most important part of the transaction. To this end, we require several kinds of lab tests on cannabis products for the sake of safety and efficacy. You can find always our product labs on the Labs page.
First, testing labs use a bevy of different analytical techniques. In addition, measuring the potency and safety of cannabis therapy products requires complex machinery. Some of the most commonly used methods include Gas and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (GC and HPLC), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Flame Ionization Detection (FID), Ionically Coupled Plasma (ICP), and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Each method has its own set of necessary applications, benefits and drawbacks, and is implemented at the discretion of the chemists that staff the third-party labs.
Potency tests measure the cannabinoid levels as well as the concentration of terpenes in a cannabis product. These tests allow those seeking cannabis therapy to choose a product that most closely matches their desired effects. A high potency creates a greater neurological effect than otherwise. Thus, potency tests also aid dispensary staff in guiding consumers during the necessary experimentation part of the early cannabis therapy journey.
Lab Safety Testing
In addition to potency testing, a range of testing profiles will determine the safety of a cannabis product. These tests ensure the absence of dangerous levels of solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial contaminants and their toxins.
This in-depth testing process gives dispensary staff confidence in their recommendations as well as peace of mind for consumers that their medical cannabis is truly safe for consumption. Dispensary staff should be receptive and able to answer questions regarding the lab tests with medical cannabis consumers.