Testing

March 29, 2017

Peak Potency — Lab Friendliness is back with a gusto!

I find myself becoming increasingly disgusted by a few of the obviously bad blatant things that are happening in Washington’s State-legal Cannabis industry under the watchful eye of it’s Regulators, Legislators and participants. Today, I am going to revisit one of these obviously bad blatant things— Laboratory Friendliness and Truthiness Friendliness and Truthiness by our Labs is being allowed to run unchecked by our Regulators and their tax, fee, and fine-collecting enforcement division. For background, see the series of articles I published on HI-Blog in late 2015. In that series […]
June 25, 2016

PSA1 – Potency in the Regulated Market

For my first Patient Service Announcement, my goal is to provide you with a vetted listing of some “High-THC” and some “High-CBD” flower options that were tested between January and April of this year in the Washington’s regulated Cannabis market.  This market (as discussed below) forces the consumer and patient to rely more upon what the label says about the bud to make informed purchase decisions than was necessary in the access points that are now all but gone. In just over 5 days, the destructive creation of WA’s “newer and better-for-you” medical system […]
May 11, 2016

Friendly is as Friendly Does

Consumer power is the only thing that seems capable of increasing the credibility of the Cannabis testing results reported by Washington’s State-certified Labs. QA Work Groups and competent oversight will help, but it’s what consumers choose to purchase and where they choose to shop that is the ultimate key to solving what I view as the biggest current risk facing this market. Late last year, I posted a series of articles examining the Quality Assurance (safety) and Cannabinoid Profile (potency) testing allegedly conducted by the Labs certified to service Washington’s […]
April 12, 2016

Is the Sun the best Pesticide?

Last month, the SLOG reported on a number of Washington Cannabis samples that had been tested for pesticides. I recently completed an assessment of these test results for a client who has been kind enough to allow me to share some of it with you. The methodology used was to categorize each of the 36 farms/processors that had product tested into whether their raw material was likely to be Outdoor, Indoor or “Mix”. Numerous inputs were used to classify the grow types. Outdoor implies product that is primarily lighted by […]