Heavy Metals Testing

Heavy Metals Testing

In recent years, there has been increased concern over the toxic effects of heavy metals exposure due to the inhalation or consumption of contaminated cannabis. Marijuana cultivated outdoors can be highly susceptible to contamination due to the plant’s ability to hyperaccumulate metals and other elements from the soil and/or water in which they are grown. While less common, marijuana cultivated indoors can also be contaminated when exposed to fertilizers or pesticides that contain these heavy metals. Excessive exposure has detrimental consequences on the body and can cause serious health problems including neurological damage.

Anresco screens for the four heavy metals required by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) via Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). It also has the capacity to analyze for other heavy metals of concern, such as nickel or chromium.  Please contact us for a complete listing of the heavy metals we can test for and their respective LODs.