On April 30, 2020, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released proposed regulations for the OCal Program, a state-run organic-equivalent program designed to follow standards used by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (USDA NOP).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.