Regulators are looking at instilling pesticide testing and tighter regulations following cannabis recall in California. Washington's lack of a cannabis testing program is now facing scrutiny and a call to get up-to-date on testing issues.
As cannabis becomes more prominent in North America, government oversight on heavy metal contamination is becoming more prevalent, too. So what can be done on the analytical front?
California’s parks are becoming littered with cannabis leftovers, and the state’s dogs are taking a hit from the clean-up.
As the cannabis industry expands, so must its analytical capabilities. And gas chromatography technology has never been more accessible to smaller labs and companies.
Impairment can last for hours after THC has left the body, meaning that a simple blood test may not accurately portray if a person is fit to drive. The Otorize app uses digitalized, scientifically sound, cognitive tests to judge a person's ability to drive or operate heavy equipment.
Shortened sample run-time and minimal sample prep, coupled with the cost-effectiveness of UV microplate analysis, make this technique very appealing as a new chemotyping method for hemp and cannabis analysis.
Pesticide use can be a big problem for the cannabis industry and rigorous testing is helping to ensure clean and safe products reach patients and the recreational market. We discuss the current challenges faced and the future of pesticide testing.
With the recent exciting advances in cannabis research, and its improved reputation in both the medicinal world and for recreational use, what should we expect the next 12 months to bring? Will this be the year of the edibles, should we focus on genetics, or will terpenes steal the show?