Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Cannabis Industry: Part 2

HACCP is a food safety program developed in the 1960s for the food manufacturing industry, mandated for meat, seafood and juice and adopted by foodservice for the safe serving of meals at restaurants. With state requirements for the safe production of cannabis-infused products, namely edibles, facilities may be inspected against […]

Environmental Controls: The Basics

The outside environment can vary widely depending on where your facility is located. However, the internal environment around any activity can have an effect on that activity and any personnel performing the activity, whether that’s storage, manufacturing, testing, office work, etc. These effects can, in turn, affect the product of […]

Colorado vs. California: Two Different Approaches to Mold Testing in Cannabis

Across the country, there is a patchwork of regulatory requirements that vary from state to state. Regulations focus on limiting microbial impurities (such as mold) present in cannabis in order for consumers to receive a safe product. When cultivators in Colorado and Nevada submit their cannabis product to laboratories for […]

An Insider’s View: How Labs Conduct Cannabis Mold Testing

As both recreational and medical cannabis legalization continues to progress across the country, each state is tasked with developing regulatory requirements to ensure that customers and patients receive clean cannabis for consumption. This requires cannabis to undergo laboratory testing that analyzes the presence of microbial impurities including yeast and mold. […]

Managing Cannabis Testing Lab Workflows using LIMS

With the state led legalization of both adult recreational and medical cannabis, there is a need for comprehensive and reliable analytical testing to ensure consumer safety and drug potency. Cannabis-testing laboratories receive high volumes of test requests from cannabis cultivators for testing quantitative and qualitative aspects of the plant. The […]

Top 4 Food Safety Hazards for the Cannabis Industry

As many US States and Canadian provinces approach legalization of cannabis, the question of regulatory oversight has become a pressing issue. While public awareness is mainly focused on issues like age restrictions and impaired driving, there is another practical question to consider: should cannabis be treated as a drug or […]

10 Treatment Methods to Reduce Mold in Cannabis

As the operations manager at Los Sueños Farms, the largest outdoor cannabis farm in the country, I was tasked with the challenge of finding a yeast and mold remediation treatment method that would ensure safe and healthy cannabis for all of our customers while complying with stringent regulations. While outdoor […]

How to Reduce Mold & Contaminants in Indoor, Greenhouse and Outdoor Grows

Controlling your grow environment doesn’t start when you germinate your first seeds, it starts before you build your grow. There are steps you can take that will have a significant impact on mold growth and contamination, and these will vary based on the grow environment you choose. Below is a […]

10 Ways to Reduce Mold in Your Grow

Regardless of whether your grow is indoor or in a greenhouse, mold is a factor that all cultivators must consider. Photo credit: Steep Hill- a petri dish of mold growth from tested cannabis After weeks of careful tending, pruning and watering to encourage a strong harvest, all cultivators are looking […]

Microbiology 101 Part Two

Microbiology 101 Part One introduced the reader to the science of microbiology and sources of microbes. In Part Two, we discuss the control of microorganisms in your products. Part 2 The cannabis industry is probably more informed about patients and consumers of their products than the general food industry. In […]