The first step in our rigorous quality control procedure is the visual inspection by an evaluation specialist. Utilizing laboratory grade magnifiers and inspection loups, we examine the medicine using the following criteria:
- Shape and structure of the cannabis flower – how well connected are the calyxes of the flowers.
- Vibrancy of the flower’s color. This is a good indicator that the flower was grown properly, that it was fed the right nutrients, that it was well maintained throughout its growth cycle, and that is was flushed properly.
- Health and color of the trichomes. This helps to determine if the flower was harvested at the right time. Additionally, this aids in determining if the effect is going to be more energizing or more sedative.
- Visible signs of imperfection such as seeds, micro seeds, seed pods, and signs of the flower and plant being a hermaphrodite.
- Trim quality.
- Signs of any bugs or bug damage, or animal or human contamination such as fur or hair.
- Signs of mold, mildew, and yeast, as well as signs of pesticides and fungicides.
- Moisture content – this is an indicator of how well the medicine was cured.
The first step in our rigorous quality control procedure is the visual inspection by an evaluation specialist. Utilizing laboratory grade magnifiers and inspection loups, and microscopes in certain circumstances. We examine the concentrate using the following criteria:
- Type of extract: Budder, Crumble, Honeycomb, Nectar, Sap, Shatter, Taffy, Wax, etc. The various textures of extracts are an initial indicator of potency, flavor, and technique of extraction and purging.
- Quality of texture. This is an indicator of how thorough the purging process was.
- Density per gram.
- Color: Bright, vibrant colors can indicate the terpene-richness of the medicine.
- Signs of contaminants – plant and animal matter including fur and hair, unusual coloring, and signs of mold.
The first step in our rigorous quality control examination of cannabis-infused edibles is the visual inspection by an evaluation specialist. The specialist uses the following criteria to determine if the edibles are suitable for further testing:
- Physical quality of the edible and what kind of edible – brownies, cakes, candies, cookies, tinctures, and even pills or caps. Different patients require various delivery methods of medication.
- Freshness, signs of mold or spoiling.
- How susceptible the type of edible is to mold and spoiling. Certain types of edibles will have a shorter shelf life or require various methods of storage. For example, a cake will need to be refrigerated or possibly frozen whereas lozenges, hard candies, or even honey can be stored at room temperature.
- Proper packaging with state compliant dosing, ingredients, expiration dates, and safety warnings. It is very important to know the ingredients and their quality as some patients may have allergies or may have specific dietary needs.
The first step in our rigorous quality control testing of topicals is the visual inspection by an evaluation specialist. Utilizing laboratory grade magnifiers and inspection loups, we examine the medicine using the following criteria:
- Type of topical: lotion, oil, salve, ointment, etc. The various consistencies of cannabis-based topicals are an indicator of how to apply the topical, properly store it, and its susceptibility to mold and or spoiling.
- Signs of mold and or spoiling. Obviously topical products that exhibit these signs will be deemed unfit for use.
- Smell of the topical. This is an initial indicator that the topical was made in a clean environment, that it was manufactured professionally, and that high quality ingredients were used to create the product.