Viruses exist on the edge between life and death. They are acellular, or nonliving, agents that require living organisms as hosts to survive. This is unlike other pathogens, such as bacteria or fungi, which are cellular organisms that can survive independently of another living organism. Viruses are truly a twisted spectacle of nature, for they aren’t even a full cells. … Read More
Total Yeast and Mold Counts in Cannabis Labs – With Jini Curry
Modern Canna’s Laboratory Director, Jini Curry, recently published an article on Analytical Cannabis – a leading cannabis science publication for scientists, technicians, and business professionals working in the cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics industries. This article provides an overview of Jini’s article, along with the full article linked towards the bottom. Both yeast and mold are spore-producing microorganisms that feed on … Read More
Cannabis Testing Labs: What, How, and Why — With Jini Curry
Modern Canna’s Laboratory Director, Jini Curry, recently hosted an episode of Teach Me in 10 – a video series that invites scientists to talk about their field in 10 minutes or less. This article provides an overview of Jini’s presentation, along with the episode’s video linked towards the bottom. What are cannabis testing labs? Cannabis testing labs are a third … Read More
Are Your Cannabis Packaging Materials Contributing to Heavy Metals Leachability?
With the recent outbreak of vaping related illnesses, medical marijuana patients need assurance that the products they receive are safe for human consumption. While a cannabis product may be clear of heavy metal contamination from seed to processing, the packaging materials can contribute to the leaching of heavy metals without proper precautions and quality control testing. Modern Canna recently conducted … Read More
Why You Should Always Ensure Your Cannabis is Professionally Tested
Like any other food, cosmetic product, or supplement, you should expect cannabis products to be thoroughly tested and approved before distribution. Proactive lab testing is one of the best ways to ensure that your consumers experience precisely the effects they’re looking for, without harm to their health and wellbeing. Still, some growers and suppliers take the crop’s quality at face … Read More
Guide to Florida Medicinal Cannabis Edibles Testing and Regulations
It has been four years since Florida voters first passed a constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal cannabis. This amendment allowed for the production and sale of cannabis edibles infused with THC, but product development was delayed due to a lack of adequate regulations regarding testing and consumer safety. On August 20th, 2020, the Florida Department of Health published regulations and … Read More
How to Test THC Potency
For medical cannabis consumers, THC potency in their medication of choice is critical. Recent studies show that many medical cannabis products do not contain the THC levels listed on their packaging. Whether the THC is too low or excessive can have a profound effect on the patient’s health and condition. A lot of labs will claim that they offer precision … Read More
THC Vaping Deaths: Is the Black Market to Blame?
While recent vaping deaths and illnesses involving THC continue to make headlines, one critical point is not emphasized. Virtually all of these fatalities involve illicit-cannabis products, not the carefully regulated cannabis subject to stringent state standards. According to the CDC, nearly all of the vape products known to have caused death or severe illness are linked to victims’ acquiring them … Read More
Edibles Often Mislabeled – Why Potency Testing is Crucial
Nearly 25 percent of all medical cannabis users in the United States prefer brownies, cookies, and other edible products to get their dose of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And while eating some THC-infused candy may seem like a more pleasant (and safer) way of medicating compared to smoking marijuana, how do you know that those edibles, as appealing as they may be, … Read More
Does the Gender of Cannabis Matter?
When it comes to producing recreational and medical marijuana, the female plants are generally the star of the show. Many don’t realize that cannabis plants have a gender, but to those who grow it, breed it and process it into edibles, oils and other therapeutic products, sex matters a lot. While cannabis is able to self-pollinate, the plant has distinct … Read More
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