Why It's Important to Test Your Medicine
Ingesting pesticides can be harmful, even in small doses. Think about it; pesticides are meant to destroy the brains of bugs. Is that something you want to put in your body? Although many cannabis cultivators use organic products to deter pests, others use toxic pesticides. This goes against everything cannabis is about. Cannabis is being recognized as a safer, gentler alternative to pharmaceutical drugs - it's non-addictive, non-toxic, and can even help the body fight illness. Why fight disease with dirty medicine? Healthy living is better achieved using clean medicine. And Elemental is committed to providing our patients with the safest medicine available.
The Mechanics of Testing
We are the only dispensary in California to test all of our medicine for pesticides (in fact, we test for much more than that including microbiological contaminants like mold, residual solvents, and potency) and to achieve this, we have contracted with a number of labs who are dedicated to ensuring our medicine meets the highest safety standards in the industry. Our comprehensive screening for pesticides in dried flowers and concentrates is consistent with EPA, ELAP, and international testing standards, and our tests are able to detect trace amounts of chemical pesticides using High Performance Liquid Chromatography in tandem with Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectromotry (HPLC-MS/MS). Designed to quantify the presence of trace pesticide, fungicide and PGR residues, our tests identify medicine that has passed pesticide testing at "None Detected" levels.
Momentum is Building
The FDA has not yet seen fit to determine safe levels for insecticides or fungicides in cannabis. But momentum is building in the cannabis community for higher safety standards.More patients want to know their cannabis is lab-tested. Other states are instituting regulations that require cannabis medicine pass pesticide testing at "None Detectable" levels. The good news for us is that the labs in California have shown that they have the ability to detect much smaller amounts of residual pesticides, and hence guarantee even safer medicine for our patients.
What We Screen For
Pesticide analysis goes hand in hand with our entire battery of tests, including resudual solvent anaysis, microbiological screening, and HPLC-MS testing, and helps to ensure that the medicine is completely free of potentially harmful chemicals. The pesticides we screen for can be viewed in our chart below, and include abamectin, bifenazate, bifenthrin, carbaryl, cypermethrin, diazinon, myclobutanil, paclobutrazol, permethrin, resmethrin, and more.