13 Jun: Food Safety Hazards and Controls for Cannabis Products

As the number of cannabis products proliferate and their total consumption increases, food safety has become a significant concern of both regulators and the industry in general. The cannabis industry will benefit immensely by adopting the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMPs) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) that the food industry has successfully implemented to control food safety.

30 Apr: Toxic Lead Discovered in California Vape Cartridges

California’s cannabis testing requirements tightened further on January 1, 2019 with the introduction of the BCC's Phase III compliance regulations -- mandating, amongst other things, heavy metal testing of all cannabis products. While all product categories have been impacted by the change, vaporizer cartridges (disposable delivery devices similar to e-cigarettes) in particular have struggled to meet the new permitted limits for lead.

03 Apr: Hemp Cultivation Now Federally Legal in US

On December 20, 2018, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 was officially signed into law by President Trump, ending a multi-decades federal prohibition of hemp cultivation in the US. Read more to learn a brief history of the hemp landscape and what currently passed regulations means for the industry today.

30 Nov: Decarboxylation: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Decarboxylation is the activation of inert cannabinoids (e.g. THCA -> THC) when exposed to certain environmental conditions such as extended quantities of heat or time. Read more to learn about the decarboxylation process and how decarboxylation can maximize the full potency potential of your cannabis products.

05 Feb: California Lab Testing Requirements

On January 1st of this year, as a result of the passage of Prop 64 (aka the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act”), the sale of recreational cannabis was made legal in the state of California.  Simultaneously, a series of proposed regulations created by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) nominally went into effect.  Below is a summary of the testing requirements broken down by Phase.
Intro to Terpenes

28 Dec: Intro to Terpenes

Terpenes are a group of organic compounds commonly found in plants and are primarily responsible for the aromatic characteristics of cannabis. Check out the guide below to learn about some of the terpenes we test for and what their known attributes are.

15 Dec: Intro to Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring active chemical compounds found in marijuana that work together to produce a variety of psychoactive and non-psychoactive effects. Check out the guide below to see what cannabinoids we test for and what their known properties are.