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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer & Editor

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Leo joined Analytical Cannabis in 2019. From research to regulations and analysis to agriculture, his writing covers all the need-to-know news for the cannabis industry. He holds a Bachelor's in Biology from Newcastle University and a Master's in Science Communication from the University of Edinburgh.

Latest content from Leo Bear-McGuinness

Quality Testing For Psilocybin

How exactly does one test psilocybin? Decades of prohibition have prevented scientists from understanding the deeper chemical nature of psychedelic fungi, so where do the scientists of today start when tasked with analyzing their unique chemicals? Analytical Cannabis asked some of them to find out.


Michigan Regulator Recalls Cannabis Edibles That Exceeded Allowable THC Levels

Regulators in Michigan have recalled a series of cannabis edibles due to their high THC levels and non-compliant packaging.


A2LA Partners With National Industrial Hemp Council of America

The new program is recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, the international organization for accreditation bodies.


Kaycha Labs Partners With NIST

Kaycha Labs, a multi-state cannabis testing company, has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in an initiative to help standardize the measurements used by cannabis labs.


Montana Cannabis Lab Closes Due to State-Software Concerns

The owners of a cannabis testing lab in Montana have shut the business down out of concern that a software, required by the state’s regulators, may be inadvertently approving un-tested cannabis.


Why the University of Kentucky Set Up a Cannabis Research Facility

Several studies at the center are already underway, and their findings may just help inform the state’s eventual medical cannabis policies. To find out more, Analytical Cannabis spoke to the center’s director, Shanna Babalonis.


Half of Maine’s Medical Cannabis May Contain Pesticides, Officials Say

Almost half of Maine’s medical cannabis products would fail the contaminant tests that the state’s recreational cannabis products are subjected to. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by Maine’s own Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP).


Speaking to Both Sides of Oregon’s Cannabis-Aspergillus Testing Debate

One issue has come to divide the state’s legal cannabis industry in recent months: Aspergillus testing. Analytical Cannabis reached out to key figures on both side of the debate to find out why fungi testing has become so fraught.


California Cannabis Regulator Sends Warning Letter to Labs, Announcing Reference Lab Tests

In an email letter sent last week – seen by Analytical Cannabis – the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) reminded licensed labs that they are “required to accurately report testing results for cannabis batches.”


Psilocybin Helps Treat Depression in Phase 2 Trial

The researchers say their findings add to the growing body of evidence that psilocybin can be used in a clinical setting to treat depression.