Frequently asked questions regarding the analysis of recreational and medicinal cannabis in California

Marijuana Analysis FAQ

Cannabis Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions

Cannabis testing has progressively grown to become an integral aspect of product growth, harvesting, packaging and subsequent sale to diverse customers in California. Below is a breakdown of crucial facts and questions that shed insight into how the entire process works.

Q: What Needs to Be Tested?

A: For cannabis flowers and edible products, California cannabis testing guidelines require that we collect 0.5 percent of the total cannabis batch for testing in a quantity that is less than 10 pounds. We test and analyze two essential aspects of cannabis; 22+ Terpenes and 12+ cannabinoids. The two compounds play a vital role in understanding the effects of medical cannabis when ingested. Cannabinoids are practically adequate traces of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. They provide relief for various symptoms such as pain, nausea, and inflammation. CanMedLabs conducts potency for 12+cannabinoids with the aid of High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) and Gas Chromatograph (GC) to analyze samples.

In all the samples, we test for homogeneity, filth and foreign materials, water activity and moisture content, and the presence or absence of various analytes including residual solvents, pesticides, micro-organisms, mycotoxins, heavy metals, microbial, and cannabinoids. We also test for allowed amounts of mold that averages 5 percent of the sample by weight, impurities such as Salmonella, residual solvents such as butane, pesticides such as acephate, and heavy metals like arsenic and more.

Usually, potency testing is mainly conducted on dry and fresh cannabis flower. The Cannabis potency testing predominantly includes CBN, CBDA, CBD, THC, and THCA based on their weight equivalents. Samples don’t pass if they vary from the stated CBD or THC levels by more than 15%. We also conductCannabis terpene analysis , which are aromatic compounds that yield distinct flavors and scents in cannabis. Such compounds assist in the healing properties of cannabis while also providing crisp aromas.

Q: Who Can Conduct the Test?

A: Raw cannabis, edible cannabis products, and cannabis-infused products are tested by licensed, third-party and independent California Cannabis testing labs. The lab technicians must visit the distributor’s facility, select samples, and carry out the compliance sampling process.

However, not all labs are equal and not all possess state-of-the-art devices to conduct testing with finesse. As such, it’s essential to ensure that you select a lab that has all the necessary equipment and complies with regulations to analyze chosen samples and follows regulations. These devices are necessary for ensuring that no dangerous contaminants go undetected.

Q: What Can I Do When My Product Has Been Presented for Testing?

A: Once the homogenized sample has been presented for testing, the cultivation facility or those that deal with the production of marijuana products or marijuana-infused products are expected to withhold from use the entire batch until cannabis testing lab provides the result from its tests and analysis. If the sample has passed all the mandatory testing, the batch can be released for retail sale, or transferred or sold to a retailer.

Q: What If My Chosen Sample Fails to Meet Safety Standards?

A: If a lot of usable cannabis fails the mandatory testing, it becomes automatic that any plant trim, leaves and other usable materials from the same plant fail the test. The failed marijuana sample may be used to make a solvent-based or CO2 extract. Once processing is completed, the extracts are again subjected to new quality assurance tests. Fortunately, CanMedLabs offers intensive retests as a prerequisite to its quality assurance program.

It’s worth noting that the Bureau of Cannabis Control can authorize a retest to authenticate the results of a test that didn’t pass at the request of the cultivation or the production facility. In this case, the facilities will be responsible for all costs involved in a retest.

Q: How Effective Is the Testing Process?

A: We are adept at comprehending the importance of realizing a clean environment when preparing samples. The state-of-the-art lab considers microbial testing a serious venture since the presence of impurities can cause adverse health hazards to users. At CanMedLabs, we offer groundbreaking testing for lethal microbial organisms thanks to our comprehensive specific methods and analysis. Results conform to specific industry standards by detecting the following microbiological organisms: Yeast, Mold, E.coli, and Coliform Bacteria.

Q: Who Can Submit Samples for Testing

A: Samples can be submitted for analysis by any California cannabis patient with a Proposition 215 recommendation. This also includes cultivators, processors, dispensary patients, dispensary representatives, physicians, and anyone else who wants to know the state of their cannabis.

At CanMedLabs, we continue to conduct more Cannabis research as a way of ensuring that California citizens get high-quality and healthy cannabis products.