Hand Sanitizer

14 Jul: FDA Warns of Methanol Found in Hand Sanitizer

On July 2, 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning regarding an increase in hand sanitizer products found to contain methanol but labeled as containing ethanol or isopropanol. Read more to learn about safety and efficacy issues with hand sanitizers currently on the market.

19 Feb: Updates on USDA Hemp Regulations

January 29, 2020 marked the end of the USDA’s comment period regarding the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule. Read more to learn about the primary issues concerning stakeholders and the current state of the nation's hemp industry.

26 Oct: Contaminant Analysis of Illicit vs Regulated Market Extracts

Anresco analyzed a series of illicit market samples and found most were adulterated with high levels of vitamin e acetate — a compound frequently linked to the recent vaping crisis. Additionally, all samples failed the California BCC’s limits for pesticides, in some cases at hundreds of times the permitted level.


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.