Any manufacturer may say that their cannabis goods are “clinically checked,” but this doesn’t mean much until they have access to third-party laboratory testing. The word “third party” applies to a laboratory that is entirely independent of the manufacturer. The results that are provided show proof the product you are buying is as claimed in terms of potency, purity and safety.
Some manufacturers report findings on their product labels, but this knowledge is likely to be restricted based on the relevant national labelling regulations. Others may have links to specific laboratory check results (usually Certificate of Analysis) for a specified batch of the drug on-line, such as a batch number or QR code. You need to contact the company directly about specific items.
When the manufacturer fails to turn over the findings of the testing study, that is a warning sign because either the drug has not been checked or because there is an excuse why the business does not want the tests to be published. It is worth noting that not all laboratories can be trusted to deliver accurate data, and there is inconsistency in testing across the industry. Members of the Leafly Accredited Labs System have been audited to ensure that they produce consistent tests.
Find out why it is necessary to study the findings of the laboratory studies on cannabis items below.
Deciphering lab test results
Note that some of the findings might not be as comprehensive as others. The experiments carried out rely on different variables, including nature and planned application of the drug and the applicable local regulations.
In terms of potency, the majority of the tests would at least indicate the amounts of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in the drug. These are active agents that are responsible for the various psychological and physiological consequences of specific strains.
Although THC and CBD are the most popular, others are also significant, including THCV, THCa, CBN, CBG, CBC, CBDa.
While less frequently seen in laboratory tests, terpene amounts are given for specific items. Terpenes provide a lot of the taste and scent of cannabis goods. They are deliberately omitted from some of the details but are acceptable in others.
Unique terpenes that you can see include myrcene, limonene, and terpinolene.
The Certificate of Inspection (COA) for specific items, such as cannabis buds, will show the moisture content of the research sample. If the humidity level is elevated (above 15%), there is an increased chance that fungi and bacteria can grow in the food. If it is too weak (below 5%), the bud may be dry and brittle, resulting in a less pleasant experience.
Some methods used in the production of cannabis, in particular extractions, can result in low levels of solvent being left behind. Both of such leftover materials may have adverse health consequences if the rates become too small.
Appropriate amounts for specific solvents vary based on the location. Popular solvents to be examined include butane, propane, benzene and xylene. Not all of these are used in production processes; some of the more hazardous compounds are used as pollutants.
Other safety tests
Apart from residual solvent analysis, other tests can help confirm that the product is safe for consumption. For example, residues from plant treatment agents may end up in the finished product, and there is a long list of specific pesticide compounds that can be checked.
Microbial growth in samples, in particular those with higher moisture content, is another issue. As such, there are microbial samples for items like E. Coli, salmonella, yeast and mould are used to ensure that the drug follows the specified requirements.
Heavy metals are another issue of cannabis goods. We can accumulate in the plant after being absorbed from fertilizers or polluted soil. Strong metals considered to be extremely harmful to humans because our bodies can not easily eliminate them. The heavy metals to think about are arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, which are also joined by many others as recorded in a COA.
Laboratory check results will include a variety of knowledge regarding the drug you are purchasing, including its quality and potency. We are often used to validate the health for use. You should be able to access the results of the test relatively easily. If you can’t, you might need to doubt the validity of the drug.