As the legal cannabis industry matures in Colorado and Washington, lab testing is becoming increasingly important. In fact, lab testing is becoming a mandatory component of the legal industry in order to increase consistency, safety, and quality of cannabis, cannabis extractions, and infused products. High quality analytical labs can provide incredible insight into the safety, benefits, and potency of the cannabis you are consuming. Advancements in technology are allowing us to learn more and more about cannabis through responsible lab testing, which is beneficial for the industry and the consumer alike. We’ll provide you with a quick breakdown on the different elements that cannabis labs test for, and why testing for them is a really good idea.
This one is REALLY important, so we put it at the top of the list. One of the downsides of having so many industrial-size grows in Colorado and Washington is that many growers are spraying their plants with pesticides that may be unsafe to smoke. While there are no clear guidelines yet that tell growers what pesticides then can or can’t use, and how much, pesticide testing in labs is a great way to make sure that the product you are consuming is safe. This can be especially important for medical marijuana users who may have a condition that could be aggravated by unsafe pesticide inhalation. If your favorite dispensary doesn’t lab-test their products, ask them what kinds of pesticides they use in their grow process. Then ask them to start lab-testing their products. If they won’t disclose pesticide use and don’t seem interested in lab testing for customer safety, it may be time to find a new favorite dispensary.
Microorganisms such as harmful bacteria, fungus, and molds can often find their way onto your buds. Mold in particular is common in cannabis, and can often go unnoticed. By testing for these organisms, we can ensure that each harvest is free from anything that could harm you. Who wants to smoke fungus, anyways?
Heavy Metal Testing
Soil can be contaminated with many potentially harmful metals, such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. These can be harmful when consumed, and we want to make sure they aren’t there.
The most well-known type of “lab test,” and probably the one that your local dispensary is most likely to proudly share. Potency Testing can measure an accurate cannabinoid profile for unique flowers, edibles, and extractions. Measuring cannabinoids not only provides an accurate gauge for potency, it also allows for accurate calculation of dosages and for targeted treatment of specific symptoms.
There are tons of extraction labs popping up to meet the needs of the new industry. Some of these labs are highly scientific and really know what they are doing. Some, on the other hand, have been known to produce less than safe products. If proper extraction methods are not adhered to, the results can contain dangerous residuals that can be harmful to your health. By testing for residual solvents, we can ensure that your shatter is clean, safe, and free from solvents that could be harmful. We at Leafbuyer are very keen on making sure that the industry heads in the direction of safe, responsible, and accurate lab testing for all cannabis products. This is to ensure the safety, longevity, and sustainability of this new and flourishing industry.