Microbial safety: why viability testing fails to protect patients.
Kyle Boyar | | Opinion
Cannabis is used to treat a huge variety of conditions, some of which are immunocompromising, so it is of paramount importance to ensure that products are free of microbial contaminants.
At present, microbial testing requirements for cannabis differ widely from state to state – some call for molecular methods while others rely on culture-based technologies such as plating. Some regulations require total counts, while others focus on known human pathogens, and others require a mixture of the two. Testing methods used in food are commonly being adapted to cannabis; however, cannabis is a unique matrix in itself and has myriad alternative matrices (for instance, concentrates and infused products), which further complicates the picture.
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