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.
Analysis of state-wide cannabis testing data leads researchers to call for urgent action focusing on the introduction of standard cannabis testing methods.
Whilst the safety profile of cannabis is well understood, much more research is required to understand and address the challenge of cannabis contamination.
Based on smell alone, consumers appear unable to determine the potency of cannabis but can accurately group strains together.
Digipath is pleased to announce that Dr. Yunfeng Pan, PhD, has joined Digipath Labs as its Analytical Laboratory Director with oversight of analytical testing procedures.
Genetic variations have been used to link cannabis samples to geographical areas of origin, providing insight into the plant's history and possible distribution.
The Palm Desert facility will offer comprehensive compliance testing services in addition to research and development into new cannabis products.
Scientists, medical professionals, and consumers alike all stand to benefit from fully characterizing the chemical composition of cannabis.