Whether you’re a home-growing enthusiast, small or medium-sized cultivator, or large-scale cannabis cultivation operation, cannabis testing is essential. 

Widespread cannabis legalization is fast becoming a reality.  

As of 2021, 48 of 50 states allow for some form of medical cannabis, and 15 states have legalized recreational consumption.

With the massive cannabis industry boom, the need for cannabis quality testing isn’t essential; it’s mandatory.

Of course, cannabis is still relatively new to the market, and the budding rules and regulations behind it are murky and can vary widely from state to state.

Unfortunately, this haze won’t clear until the government removes cannabis’ Schedule 1 classification. 

Until then, one thing is for sure: every cannabis product that hits the shelves must undergo specialized lab testing to ensure its purity and integrity.

Why is cannabis testing necessary?

Ultimately, there are two reasons you must test your cannabis:

  • Consumer Safety and Quality Control: You need to provide consumers with a consistent, high-quality product. You also need to guarantee your cannabis products are safe.

To guarantee your products are safe and reliable, you must screen for potency, cannabinoid percentages, and unwanted contaminants. It also means you must screen for molds and mildew and anything else that could compromise a person’s health.

  • Compliance: Every state has its own set of regulations regarding cannabis standards and quality. You must find a testing lab that is up to snuff with your state’s requirements and regulations.

In short, testing cannabis helps you to meet state regulations. It also means you can offer exceptional, easy-to-dose products that customers can feel safe consuming.

You’re probably wondering, “where can I get my cannabis tested?”

Most brands cultivating and selling cannabis test their products in one of two ways. 

They either hire a third-party, independent lab to test their products or construct an on-premise cannabis testing lab. Both are costly options; the latter requires that you recruit talent.

What if we told you there is an accessible, affordable way to test your cannabis before you send it off to a state-accredited lab? Hear us out.

GemmaCert gives you control.

Although the myths above seem unbelievable, many are widely believed as no claim to being the source of the term has any concrete evidence. The most plausible and widely believed theory stems from five high school students living in California during the ’70s. These students used the term “4:20” to refer to an abandoned cannabis crop they planned to search for. They would typically meet at 4:20 p.m., and the term eventually became their code word for cannabis consumption. The teenage group’s connections to a counter-culture rock band, The Grateful Dead, led to the term spreading among the band’s fans around the United States. Fans were so passionate about the term that they began to run events and meetups on April 20th and even circulated flyers to get people to attend.

This story was popularized by Steven Hager, who came across one of these flyers in December of 1990. At the time, Hager was a reporter for High Times magazine. In 1991 the magazine printed the flyer, and from that point, the number was commonly referenced in its pages. This led to the concept spreading internationally, and eventually, it became known worldwide that 420 was a code for marijuana.

420 has entered internet and meme culture and spread around the world. Signposts featuring the number are frequently stolen, and some areas have resorted to changing their signs to 419.99. What was once used as a secret term among stoners used to identify each other has entered mainstream culture.
April 20th is right around the corner, so whatever the true source of 420 is, we wish you a happy 4/20 this year.