Even with the great advancements in the medical cannabis field, there are still many questions about how tests are done to prove the substance is ready for consumption.
Today, we’ll ease your doubts by explaining how the tests are applied so that the substance can be used as a raw material.
Why must Cannabis be tested?
This question might seem obvious, but it’s necessary to understand the importance of cannabis in the research scenario, especially because it’s been used in several disease treatments.
The Cannabis laboratory tests are a part of the legal process for the use of the substance for medical and recreational purposes. The products must be tested so that they’re safe for consumption and easier to dose.
The main tests are made to check cannabis’ levels of THC and CBD, pesticides, undesirable contaminants, and also mycotoxins such as mould and mildew, which are bad for health. The plant might be contaminated by these toxins during its growing phase due to its sponge-like substance.
Each of these tests must be done by specialists and with special equipment. However, it is important to remember that even though BAS is a laboratory, we don’t work with these tests. The responsible for the cannabis’ tests in our products are highly qualified laboratories hired and trusted by our company. We take the cannabis’ products security process very seriously, always making sure that all of them are 100% perfect for consumption.
For what must Cannabis be tested?
When it comes to Cannabis, besides the quality tests, there are also other important tests that must be applied to keep the use of the substance as safe as possible.
It’s very important to test Cannabis’ potency, especially when it comes to THC and CBD, the substances responsible for the effects of marijuana.
These kind of tests are:
Cannabinoid by weight: (I.e, 20% of THC)
Total cannabinoid present: (I.e, 150mg of THC)
THC:CBD ratio example: (I.e, 2:1 CBD: THC)
As mentioned before, Cannabis absorbs a lot of toxic substances, which makes the contamination tests extremely relevant to the process.
It determines the various components present in Cannabis. A sample of the substance is dissolved and put over an absorbent. Each component will be absorbed in a specific way, leaving different colours in the absorbent. These colours help to define the levels and concentration of the components.
This test measures the masses of molecules and compounds within a sample. Ionized compounds subjected to an electromagnetic field have their rate of deflection exhibited, so they can be analyzed individually.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy:
This test is very similar to the Analytical Chromatography one when it comes to the results obtained, but it has a much shorter response time. It measures the magnetic field around the atomic nucleus. A sample is placed in the field and it’s bombarded by an electromagnetic wave which stimulates the nucleus. This process detects changes in the magnetic field, detailing the structure of the molecules and chemical components.
Thus, cannabis tests are very important for the manufacturing of products and mainly for the health of consumers. As mentioned before, BAS doesn’t work with tests, but we are concerned with selling high-quality products which goes through a strict quad-testing process before being available in the market. We adopt this gold-standard to improve the lives of thousands of people who need Cannabis.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate treatment for your medical condition.