What do your cannabis lab's test results really mean?

Posted December 09 2014


The continuing legalization of medicinal and recreational cannabis means increased numbers of patients, consumers, dispensaries and labs.  Analytical Testing of cannabis, then, becomes increasingly critical, not only for potency (accurate dosing and fair pricing), but also for safety (pesticides, molds and residual solvents).  


Inconsistency of testing results between labs, however,  has caused many growers and dispensaries to lose faith in the results of analytical testing, specifically when market prices are almost solely being determined by THC concentrations. Because cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 drug, and therefor considered federally illegal, there is no national, industry-wide standard for testing methodology, accepted deviation, or even minimum safety parameters.  


While  the first nationwide ILC/PT in the cannabis industry was a big step in the right direction, there is still much to address if our maturing industry is to self-regulate.


If you operate a dispensary, run an extraction company, or contribute to a state oversight or legislative body, it is critical that you understand:

  • How and why test results might differ from lab to lab
  • How to interpret the results from the lab
  • How potency results should impact pricing
  • The difference between testing methodologies (GC, HPLC, etc)
  • How labs prepare samples, including sample selection and homogenization methods
  • What pesticides should be tested for


All of these topics and others will be discussed at the Emerald Conference - a full day event exploring the critical aspects of the scientific end of the cannabis industry taking place on January 23, 2015.  The event includes sessions and discussion panels with lab directors from the nation's top labs, as well as compliance, funding and accreditation professionals.  

More information and tickets are available at www.emeraldconference.com