Do you prefer to consume your cannabis via some form of THC infused edible? If so, you’re among a vast growing number of consumers that choose to chew their weed as opposed to puffing down rips from the bong. But, are your favorite cannabis infused foodstuffs consistent in terms of potency? Chances are that they’re not. As most of us know, the cannabis industry is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government, which means it also lacks strict regulation on a federal level. Therefore, it’s up to the states that enact laws to legalize cannabis consumption to form regulations for aspects such as potency, consistency, proper use of pesticides, etc. It seems that more states are taking the necessary steps to ensure that the cannabis and its derived products being produced for commercial purposes is done so using the best practices, although, the industry seemingly lacks the ability to accurately test cannabis infused edibles for potency levels. Which has resulted in consistent reports of people over medicating or being disappointed with their purchases across the country.
Until now, that is. A group of scientists have developed what they believe to be a better way to test said potency levels of pot edibles by taking “the cannabis product and freeze dry it with dry ice or liquid nitrogen.” The scientific researchers presented their novel testing procedure at the American Chemical Society conference last week. Jahan Marcu, a senior scientist at the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, helped design the modern scientific procedure, which uses an abrasive, silica based powder that is mixed with the freeze dried cannabis infused edible, and is then ground in a powerful commercial blender until the mixture reaches a uniform texture. Marcu says his approach works exceptionally well with weed infused food products of the stickier variety such as gummy candies, peanut butter, etc., which have proven difficult to provide precise analysis when attempting to utilize traditional methods.
It’s important that manufacturers of these types of products maintain consistent potency levels, especially when considering the fact that some folks use edibles as a form of medication.
“A great way to ruin your $250,000 piece of lab equipment is to put some sugary, sticky substance into it,” Marcu notes. He believes his novel process makes the products much easier to handle in the lab, which enables researchers to “cleanly extract the cannabinoids from the products and analyze them using the normal methods.” In addition, said method allows those working in the laboratory to use smaller samples of the homogenized product in order to obtain an exact analogy. Marcu is confident that with some fine tuning, this methodology could quite plausibly someday serve as a comparative measure that states with laws permitting the consumption of cannabis and quality assurance laboratories can employ for testing any type of cannabis infused products. It’s important that manufacturers of these types of products maintain consistent potency levels, especially when considering the fact that some folks use edibles as a form of medication. It’s only fair to the consumer (recreational or medical) to have products available that offer uniform levels of potency with each and every purchase. Which is why it’s crucial for scientists like Marcu and his cohorts to continue developing modern ways to test all things infused with weed.
Soldier on, science!