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Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp

Sep 06, 2021

Heavy Metals in Cannabis and Hemp

Leo Bear-McGuinness
Science Writer & Editor

When it comes to cannabis and hemp testing, some contaminants are more well-known than others. Almost every cannabis customer would understand the danger of consuming products laced with pesticides, for instance, and many others would understand the need to test hemp for troublesome microbes like Aspergillus. But how many consumers are aware of the risks of heavy metals?

To better understand these cannabis contaminants, this Analytical Cannabis infographic breaks down the top four heavy metals to look out for in cannabis samples—what risks they pose and which US states mandate their testing—and the ways these meddlesome metals find their way into cannabis products in the first place and cause damage to consumers.

 
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