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Calibrating Quality
She said the cost of third-party
testing depends on the number of
individual batches and the complexity
of the tests being done, but generally
it's " anywhere from a couple hundred
to a couple thousand dollars,
depending on what you're trying to
quantify and how many samples. "
4
Don't forget the human
touch (with gloves)
While many cultivation companies
turn to automated sorters and
trimmers to handle harvested
cannabis, Sonoma Hills Farm in
Petaluma, California, prefers
humans. It's not just because of better
trimming but also because they can
provide a quality-control element that
machines can't.
" They can spot problems like mold or
certain particulate matter, " Joyce Cenali,
chief operations officer at Sonoma
Hills Farm, said of hand-trimmers.
" So, hand-trimming and having a good
team with experience in this area-and
making sure that we're utilizing a
clean and sterile environment and not
combining our products with other
people's-is important. "
" There's a lot of co-packing facilities
where you'll get 10 different grows at
one time in the facility, " she noted.
This can increase the chances of clean
cannabis being contaminated by
another company's tainted product.
5
Create formulas
to calculate precision
dosing by batch
Potency results are especially
important to High Life Farms' quality
control when it comes to calculating
dosage. If the potency of a batch is, say,
85% THC, High Life can plug that into
a " batch calculator that tells us exactly
how much of that medication we need
to infuse, " Brown said.
" It's not supercomplicated math
formulas, but it definitely helps having
an actual calculator and build that
stuff out. " Brown clarified that the
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Cannabis extracts are transferred from one nonporous container to another
at High Life Farms in Michigan. Courtesy Photo
" calculator " in question is a Microsoft
Excel spreadsheet in which employees
enter potency, desired dosage and other
variables to calculate how much of each
raw ingredient should go into the mix.
" For example, our chocolate is
melted about 200 pounds at a time.
Then we add in our flavoring or
oil-based flavorings and let that
mix overnight. When we infuse the
distillate to medicate it, we say, 'OK,
we have 200 pounds of chocolate, the
potency of the distillate is 85%, so we
need X amount of distillate to be mixed
A staff member trims fan leaves at a cultivation facility owned by Tilt Holdings.
Courtesy Photo

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