Cannabis Lab Testing may be the industry’s dirty little secret

Curious about how cannabis is tested for potency and contaminants? Ever wondered how honest the numbers are that find their way onto product labels?  Do you know the real value of the cannabis you buy or are you being duped by cleverly marketed labelling?  This article from Forbes.com discusses the lab testing practices that many licensed producers and growers employ to safety-test, classify and label their products according to THC/CBD potency, pesticide and mold contamination, etc.  It seems that lab testing continues to be one big gray area.  One thing is for sure, since there is no policy in place yet that inspects or grades cannabis testing labs, they are not all created equal.  Read on to get informed on this important topic.

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Testing labs are the cannabis industry’s dirty secret. Cannabis companies depend on these labs to determine the level of THC in their products or give them a pass with regards to mold, pests or pesticides. The problem is that not all labs are created equal.

The labs themselves aren’t inspected or graded by any agencies and customers have no idea whether or not products were tested at a reputable lab. Some believe that the problem is standardization, but there are plenty of state standards — the real problem is enforcement.

For instance, THC ratings are less than transparent. Marijuana consumers tend to equate THC levels with price. They believe if an edible has a low THC level, it should be cheaper and conversely, if it has a high THC level, it should cost more. They are looking for more bang for their buck. Can I get something with 25 mg of THC as cheaply as possible? The producers know this is just plain wrong. The process for extracting THC is the same whether the amount is small or not.

It is really a customer preference issue. Many customers actually prefer a smaller level of THC in order to go about their day without being extremely impaired. However, because of this developing value trend, some producers are incentivized to get their products listed with higher THC levels and some labs are willing to help them get there.

Read the full article from Forbes here