|Cannabis companies must do everything they reasonably can be expected to do to ensure that their products are consistent, safe, effective, and predictable. To start, producers of cannabis products must recognize the challenge of dealing with a natural product. Too many cannabis players argue that they have the best product, they know their potencies for certain and laboratory testing by sampling is all they need to ensure quality. This approach is a recipe for disaster.
Cannabis as a raw material is the opposite of a homogenous synthetic active compound. No two cannabis flowers are the same, even if they come from the same plant. When a producer receives a supply of raw material, be it flowers, biomass or crude extract, they cannot take for granted the results presented in the supplier’s certificate of analysis (COA), even if it comes from a certified laboratory. The results from the COA are, in the best-case scenario, accurate for the sample analysed. Attempts to create homogenous samples before analysis, such as by grinding, do not solve the problem. Unsurprisingly, certified labs will state on the COA that “Results pertain to submitted samples only”.