The production, processing, and oversight of medical cannabis in California currently straddles a line between pharmaceutical and food product. Although intended for patients that are seriously ill, the normal safety nets applied to medicine by government entities, like the the FDA, for example, have been absent due to the unjust scheduling of the cannabis plant. Additional research is needed into how these legal compounds participate in providing medicinal properties to marijuana. In the inexistence of government oversight, labs operating in California and Colorado, have begun testing cannabis medicine for potency and safety.
This is important information for patients and dispensaries who increasingly seek out these profiles. The availability of cannabis testing promotes better access to medically important cannabis options such as CBD-rich cannabis, through identification. Laboratory testing is also key for strategic breeding programs and promotes the overall legitimization of cannabis for therapeutic use.
Thus begins our relationship with SC Laboratories.
So, how does lab testing work? What exactly are SC Labs testing for when we send them samples of our medicine? And where can you, the patient, find the results published?
Because of the recent partnership between Weedmaps and SC Laboratories, several videos have been made by the two companies to explain the case for lab testing, the scientific process, and how to interpret the results. The videos have been published on WeedMapsTV. Here I have embedded some of the most informative.
Above we see Weedmaps host, Tang and world renowned botonist, Steve Tuck, as they take a tour of Santa Cruz Labs in Santa Cruz, California. Key topics include why the founders of SC Labs saw the need for cannabis lab testing, an introduction to the lab and testing equipment, and explanations as to how they interpret the results. They also discuss really interesting subjects like the potential role of Terpenes and the future of DNA/RNA sequencing in regards to cannabis breeding techniques.
This video shows a way more in depth, step by step, look at Cannabis testing. It’s fascinating what happens to our samples once they leave the PCC!
What is CBD? I’m sure by now you’ve heard about this extremely medicinal cannabinoid that does not have psychoactive qualities. This video will answer any further questions you may have and also explains why SC Labs uses HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) method as opposed to GC (Gas Chromatography) for their cannabinoid tests.
You can always find our CBD Challenge – Staff Strain Report, here.
Following soon will be Part 2 of our PCC Tests Potency and Safety with SC Laboratories blog which includes a profile of THC, the psychoactive and most abundant cannabinoid found in all cannabis strains. We will also explain the most important reason to lab test our cannabis medicine ~ Safety.