Author: Martha Hernández
Journal: Cannabis Industry Journal, July 14, 2022
Abstract: Cannabis sativa contains over 500 different bioactive compounds that can be separated through an extraction process. This is carried out in an extraction lab and the end result is the production of cannabis extracts with a high concentration of specific cannabinoids (such as THC or CBD) with up to 99% purity levels. Cannabis can get easily contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals and thereby pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers. In-house testing allows manufacturers to ensure that the cannabis products they put out to the market are not only potent but also are free of all sorts of contaminants.
This article delineates seven key considerations for setting up a cannabis extraction lab namely, location, regulatory compliance, staff management, waste management, worker safety, equipment management, and supply chain management. Implementing a cannabis extraction lab LIMS is paramount as it helps meet regulatory compliance, enables equipment management, and supports supply chain management.