One of the main benefits of cannabis as a medicine is the fact that it’s free from the toxins and harmful side effects which can be found from so many over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Thanks to its natural origins and health benefits, the medicinal use of cannabis is changing the face of medicine. But, to assume that all cannabis is side-effect and chemical-free would be naive.

Poorly tested and sourced cannabis can contain hidden additions which can do just as much damage as the most potent human-made drugs. Far from being the natural solution to all our problems, this can these cause further health issues which many users may not even be aware of. That’s why proper testing before distribution is essential, especially when it comes to heavy metals.

Heavy metals can enter cannabis strains in a variety of ways. Given that cannabis is a bio-accumulator, merely growing too close to industrial areas can lead to a high concentration of metals due to the soil itself. The use of certain pesticides and fertilizers can also pose risks. Metals can even enter a strain during the processing stage. As such, any cannabis intended for public use must be put through rigorous heavy metals analysis beforehand. 

This is especially the case when you consider that the high THC potency many cannabis growers encourage today can actually increase the absorption of heavy metals. Sadly, it’s unlikely to find a strain of cannabis without any metal contamination at all. But, as of March 2018, California regulations state that heavy metal levels shouldn’t exceed these levels – 

Heavy MetalsInhalable Cannabis Products
Arsenic0.2 ppm
Cadmium0.2 ppm
Lead0.5 ppm
Mercury0.1 ppm

Sadly, while these regulations and a phase III testing requirement are in place, there is currently no FDA-approved standard on that testing itself. Without federal oversight, many so-called testing labs have been found to print results they think customers want to see. This has led to the shutting down of labs in California already, but it’s often too little too late, as patients are already exposed to contaminated products. This stands to give the medical marijuana industry a bad name on the whole, as well as leaving the very people cannabis could and should be helping at risk.

That’s why it’s vital that you turn to CannaSafe for all your heavy metals analysis needs. As the first accredited cannabis lab in the world, we are a name that you can trust to keep your cannabis as pure and safe as possible. We gained our ISO 17025 Accreditation back in 2012, and pride ourselves on our integrity-based testing for variable and safe cannabis consumption. With our focus on consumer safety and quality assurance standards, we promise never to just tell you what you want to hear. Instead, we will be 100% transparent about what’s in your cannabis so that you can offer only the best every single time. In the past, we have worked with some of the best names in the cannabis industry, including 3C Farms, Green Dragon, Glass House, and more. And, we could soon use that experience to benefit you, too.

But, you needn’t take our word for it that heavy metals analysis matters. Instead, let’s consider the risks of cutting corners here, and how CannaSafe can keep you and your customers safe from them.

Heavy metals in cannabis: The risks

It isn’t difficult to see why heavy metal contamination in cannabis supplies can be bad news. Still, many companies don’t realize just how harmful high metal levels could prove. Yet, offering the purest and most quality product should always be a priority for any top cannabis dispensary. The fact is that even a small concentration of metals in cannabis plants can cause significant health risks to users. These include everything from cancer to heart disease, but let’s break that down a little further by looking at specific hazards found with each possible metal present – 

  • Cadmium. This heavy metal is a zinc byproduct and has been found to be carcinogenic and responsible for serious conditions such as kidney failure and loss of bone density. 
  • Arsenic is incredibly toxic and can lead to cancers of the skin and pigmentation problems. High doses can result in vomiting, drops in blood pressure, and even death.
  • Mercury is especially problematic in cannabis as inhalation can be even more dangerous than other types of consumption. Symptoms largely involve neurological problems, and can include seizures, memory problems, and loss of motor control. 
  • Lead is a fairly common contaminate with a nasty kick, and can lead to problems with reproduction and joints.

CannaSafe metals analysis testing

Here at CannaSafe, we offer a comprehensive heavy metals analysis process which will both detect and quantify any metal levels in a variety of cannabis products including – 

  • Concentrates
  • Tinctures
  • Flowers
  • Edibles
  • Cannabis-infused products

During the testing process we will analyze for a variety of potentially dangerous metal contaminants, including but not limited to – 

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Arsenic

The analysis itself consists of digesting your product through our digester and then injecting into an ICP-MS. This is what allows us to analyze the heavy metals themselves. Our experienced and highly-esteemed team will then help you to understand if your product has these contaminants at any stage in the growing process. That way, you can be 100% sure that you’re always selling within state compliance and with the best customer needs in mind. This also keeps you on the right side of the law, providing a quality product which patients come back for time and again. Given the growing competition within this industry, that’s the best way to keep yourself at the top of your game.

If you’re worried about cannabis analysis and are looking for a testing company who are committed to their clients and value protection above all, then CannaSafe is the company for you. Contact a member of our team on +1 (818) 922-2416 to talk about your testing needs today.