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How important is microbial testing of cannabis products?

“Microbial testing in the cannabis industry is extremely important, particularly for immunocompromised medical cannabis patients who can get infected easily,” says Amanda Horodyski, the passionate microbiology manager at Atlantic Test Labs Inc, a cannabis testing service company.

Giving a rare insight into her microbiological expertise, Horodyski will be presenting at Analytical Cannabis’ webinar with her talk Microbial Contaminants: A Comparison of New and Old Methods, which will take place on the 15th of October. In anticipation of the webinar, Analytical Cannabis caught up with Horodyski to discuss the importance of microbial testing of cannabis, the biggest challenges the industry currently faces, the best microbial methods, and what’s to come in the future. 

With a lot of momentum right now, the legalization of either medicinal or recreational cannabis has the industry steadily growing. However, more transparency with regards to independent laboratory testing needs to be established.

“Laboratory testing requirements vary from state to state and a lack of standardized testing creates confusion in the industry. I think the industry needs a consensus on the best procedures with the safety of the consumer in mind,” says Horodyski.


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