MJBizMag April 2022 - 42

Calibrating Quality
Sticky resin can make cannabis
flower more difficult to work with
than other inputs. Courtesy Photo
Sticky
C
annabis testing and quality
control is no simple feat.
Consider the plant itself:
Cannabis contains a super sticky, resin
lipid that is harder to work with than
coffee, tobacco and most other natural
products, said David Vaillencourt, CEO
of the GMP Collective consulting firm
in Colorado.
" Separating out the cannabinoids
to just look at pesticides is so much
more complicated because we have to
get rid of (the sticky resin) to separate
that out and not lose the pesticides that
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By Omar Sacirbey
Situation
we want to look for, " he
explained.
Then there is the fact
that flower at the top of
a plant has higher THC
levels than flower closer
to the roots.
But there are ways
to distinguish samples
for better accuracy,
Vaillencourt said.
" You can separate batches into top,
middle and bottom thirds of the plant.
And then you make sure you're mixing
David Vaillencourt
Cannabis products present
unique testing hurdles
such as non-uniform plant
material, a variety of inputs
and multiple product types
it up and grabbing
a representative
sample, not cherrypicking.
You have
to have a method, a
protocol to get the
average and make sure
it's representative, "
Vaillencourt
explained. He noted
that the ASTM International
Committee D37 on Cannabis published
a standard method for this procedure,
ASTM DD334.

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