The Process of Cannabis Testing
With medical cannabis having become more or less mainstream in the United States, the requirement for formal testing and analysis is greater than ever. The industry is growing exponentially all the time, with new growers and product manufacturers setting their sights on healthy profits.
In order to legally sell cannabis to consumers in the US, their products need to be extensively tested for quality and safety. Analysis is also necessary to ensure appropriate levels of CBD and THC in their products.
Prior to being released on the market, all cannabis products (including cannabis flowers) need to be appropriately tested in a variety of ways. Only then are they given the green light to be sold to medical and recreational cannabis users alike.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the factors taken into account when formal cannabis tests are conducted.
Testing for potency
Labs conduct tests to analyze cannabinoid profiles, which indicate the strain’s potency. The overall strength and effect of the product is determined by the cannabinoids it naturally produces. Most states require growers to deliver reports on the dry weight percentage of CBD (cannabidiol) and ∆9-THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).
Some states require more detailed reports, and that’s why it’s important