Testing is one of the most important parts of the cannabis growing process, for manufacturers, dispensaries, and the consumer. However, how does the testing process factor into business models, and why does it matter for the consumer exactly?
What is Cannabis testing?
Cannabis testing is how manufacturers can be allowed to sell their products in the first place. Lab tests ensure that the product that is being marketed is the product that is being sold. While most people may think the tests are just to see how strong the cannabis is before it is sent to the dispensaries, they do a lot more than that to ensure a safe and reliable product. Cannabis is a plant after all, and plants are susceptible to toxins and even the pesticides farmers use to prevent infestations.
These toxic substances must be screened to ensure the safest products for consumers; this brings with it peace of mind to the consumer. Cannabis testing is also how the manufacturers can identify what cannabinoids and terpenes make up that specific plant. Cannabinoids include THC, CBD, and dozens of others that all work together to give the different properties of that particular Cannabis strain.
Testing allows for insight into the products final destination
Testing also allows companies to know when their plants are ready to harvest for CBD products or whether their THC levels are too high. If the levels of THC are above .3 percent, the plant will be used for THC products which is important for the growers to know as it will affect their business model moving forward.
Usually, tests are carried out periodically to ensure that plants that were planted with the purpose of CBD or THC products will be harvested for their intended purpose. The testing just ensures that the final product is what it is meant to be.
Standardization of testing regulations
As you can see, testing is an essential part of ensuring safe, quality products for consumers, but there are still a few hiccups in the standardization of tests. While testing has been shown to identify contaminants that might cause a person harm, they aren’t exactly the most reliable in keeping percentages of THC or other cannabinoids where they might be expected to be. While the tests work fine, the regulation of those tests is the problem. Earlier it was discussed that plants are often planted with a purpose in mind, and farmers try to ensure that the plant reaches the point it needs to be harvested for that purpose; however, sometimes harvesting doesn’t work out like that.
For instance, if a plant was intended to be a CBD product which often requires the less than .3 percent THC present in the plant, there is a possibility that the THC might be stronger than .3 percent. It may only be .6 percent THC, but it still is different than advertised.
The next time that you go into a dispensary, look at the way the products advertise themselves. While something may claim to have a particular level of something or be a particular strain, it might not be entirely accurate. The plants will not be dramatically different, and all of them will be safe, but it is something to note if you are trying to overanalyze your Cannabis products. The best thing you can do if you are worried that a new product might be more potent than you are used to is to take it slow. It isn’t a race, and you should always treat new products like you’ve lost a little bit of your tolerance. You can always increase the dosage when you need to.