Understanding Lab Facts

Lab tests check for 8 of the main cannabinoids (shown below) that have been recognized to affect you the most.  There are over 70 known cannabinoids, but we only list the main ones that are known to show great effect on your ailments.  Throughout our product pages we make a point to list these cannabinoid results whenever possible, to help you decide on the best medicine for your specific needs.

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Why test marijuana?

Higher Standards
Cannahealth seeks to educate and encourage our industry toward a higher standard of service, where potency testing, standardized dosage, and Quality Assurance testing (pesticides/fungicides and microbiological contamination) become the accepted and acknowledged industry standard. Microbiological testing allows dispensaries to identify known human pathogens, determine potential shelf life of medicine, and actively seek to provide patients with the highest quality medicinal Cannabis available.

All Medicines as well as any alcoholic beverages have information regarding the strength or dosage of the product, it should be no different with Medical Cannabis. Many dangerous Pesticides, Fungicides, and Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s) are used on Cannabis, often indiscriminately throughout the flowering stages of growth. These residual toxins create potentially dangerous safety issues to patients when consumed. Mold and fungal contaminants should be of concern to anyone who consumes medical Cannabis, especially those that are prone to asthma, allergies, or have a compromised-immune system. When cannabinoids pass through the digestive system (edibles) they become much stronger and can lead to uncomfortable experience. Many patients are forever turned off to cannabis because of a bad experience with an overly strong edible. Patients who may be intolerant to certain higher anxiety strains can look for options which cause less anxiety or discomfort.

Potency Testing
Accurate results are important in order to allow patients to more substantial way to gauge their dosage. HPLC is superior at method in testing Cannabis for potency because it doesn’t use heat, making it possible to determine accurate levels of acidic cannabinoids, the major ingredients of raw medical cannabis, exactly as they are found in the plant. GC operates at very high temperatures, which decomposes many of the cannabinoids into other forms; it doesn’t provide as accurate of a reading. By using an HPLC THC, as well as THCA, CBD, CBDA and CBN, can be tested and measured, with additional cannabinoid testing results on the way.

Basic Quality Screen: The Basic Quality Screen includes both a basic fungal screen to determine the overall fungal load (plate count) in a cannabis flower or cannabis product and a basic pesticide screen for over 30 Carbamates – a common class of pesticides. This EPA approved pesticide screen can detect down to parts per million (ppm) levels.

Comprehensive Safety Test: The Comprehensive Safety Pesticide Test has been developed to be extremely sensitive by a PhD chemist with several years of experience in the environmental testing field. The Comprehensive Safety Test not only detects all major pesticides used specifically on cannabis, but also tests for potentially harmful fungicides and other Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s). We can detect these contaminants at parts per billion (ppb) and parts per trillion (ppt) levels. The Comprehensive Safety Microbiological Test has a similar level of sensitivity and is also combined with a plate count. This test uses a combination of Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) instrumentation and standard media based plating techniques not only to quantify, but also provide information on which and how many colony forming units of each species of fungal pathogens are in a sample. We are the only laboratory in the country that tests cannabis using qPCR, which will soon become the standard.

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