The researchers behind the work were keen to point out that there is still little evidence to prove that the pathogens present in cannabis samples have directly led to infections in immunocompromised patients.
Examining a broad array of cannabinoids and terpenes reveals the inherent failings of commonly used cannabis classification systems.
This move fulfills the Ohio legislative mandate that an Ohio public college or university serve as a testing lab for the new medical cannabis program to promote public safety.
As the cannabis testing sector matures, attention continues to focus on enhancing analytical quality and meeting challenging new regulatory requirements.
This is the first time that some cannabinoids have been identified in certain consumables - particularly products containing glycerin, sugar, and lactose, that can mask the presence of some cannabinoids.
Reports of severe illnesses and deaths resulting from the use of synthetic cannabinoid products that have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a very long-acting anticoagulant commonly used in rat poison sparked the warning.
Preventive steps and remediative action are required to reduce the prevalence of contamination from microbes, heavy metals and, pesticides.
Pesticide testing is not currently required in Colorado but, scientists at the lab predict that it will in mandated in the coming months.