High North Laboratories, located in Ontario, focuses their methodologies and operations to specifically address the highly specialized requirements for cannabis testing.
There is a considerable lack of consistency in variety or strain names, and few universally adopted standards for testing in the legal cannabis industry today. This is of particular concern for the medical market, where inconsistencies may affect patients’ treatments.
Health Canada’s Forward Regulatory Plan for 2020-2022 includes proposed amendments to the Cannabis Exemption Regulations and the Cannabis Regulations to facilitate cannabis research, including taste and effect testing.
While each licensed analytical testing lab in Canada must follow certain standards, the lack of a single, cohesive standard across the industry leads to a lot of problems, from product recalls, to lab shopping and inconsistent consumer experiences.
Cannabis vape pens are a relatively new and increasingly popular product on the market, but much about their health and safety remains relatively unknown due to a lack of product testing and consumer knowledge of those products.