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Visual Inspection
Flowers

The first step in our rigorous quality control procedure is the visual inspection by a Bio-Evaluation specialist at Elemental Wellness. 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.
Below is an example of a Medical Cannabis Flower Visual Inspection Report:

“The acorn shaped buds are well developed, and look as though they were given the optimum environment to reach their full potential. They are mostly light green in color with purple hues. The structure of the bud is dense with a heavy frosting of trichomes. One third of the trichome heads are milky white, one third are clear, and one third are amber. There are no signs of mold, mildew, or yeast. The flowers look as if they have not been sprayed with pesticides or fungicides. The buds look fully mature with no signs of seed, stress or hermaphroditic features. The manicure is extremely tight resulting in naked bud with no extra stem. Most of the buds are larger than a quarter and none are smaller than a dime. The entire bag is free of foreign debris -Bio Evaluation Specialist at Elemental Wellness Center.

Concentrates

The first step in our rigorous quality control procedure is the visual inspection by a Bio-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 how terpene rich the medicine is.
  • Signs of contaminants - plant and animal matter including fur and hair, unusual coloring, and signs of mold.
Below is an example of a Medical Cannabis Extract Visual Inspection Report:

“The 50 gram bag of Fire OG cold water extract is light gold with an oily granular consistency. When pressed the extract shifts from an oily granular consistency to a solid chunk. As I touch the extract with flame it fully melts into a liquid with no ash, suggesting the quality is supreme. When magnified, the trichome heads appear fully mature and intact, with no foreign debris. I see zero signs of mold.” - Bio-Evaluation Specialist at Elemental Wellness

Edibles

The first step in our rigorous quality control examination of cannabis-infused edibles is the visual inspection by a Bio-Evaluation specialist. The Specialist uses the following criteria to determine if the edibles is 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.
Below is an example of a Cannabis Infused Edible Visual Inspection Report:

“The chocolate chunk cookies are packaged in childproof opaque food safe bags. The THC milligram dosage, health and safety code, ingredients and expiration date are clearly labeled. The cookies look and smell fresh, with no signs of mold or spoilage. It looks properly baked, and the chocolate looks appealing.” - Bio-Evaluation Specialist at Elemental Wellness Center.

Topicals

The first step in our rigorous quality control testing of topicals is the visual inspection by a Bio-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.
Below is an example of a Medical Cannabis Extract Visual Inspection Report:

“The Pure Cannabis Lip Balm appears to be packaged properly. There is no oil or liquid leaking from the container. The balm appears clean and professionally made, and I see no signs of contaminants in the container or in the balm. The texture is stable and it appears to have been stored and transported at proper temperatures. The packaging has all of the ingredients listed; all safety warnings and usage guidelines are in place.” - Bio-Evaluation Specialist at Elemental Wellness Center.

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