A state science department is calling laboratories to take part in a wide-scope study to determine their capacity to precisely analyze hemp and marijuana samples for potential contaminants and their cannabinoid structure.
On Thursday, the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) stated through a notice that it would offer tested marijuana samples to laboratories and order them to conduct their tests. After that’s concluded, NIST will show the actual information then compare the figures to determine any differences.
The accuracy study aims not to expose laboratories that yield inaccurate analysis but to assist forensic analysts and the marijuana sector in developing top-tier practices. NIST is also part of America’s Commerce Department. Although the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp within the state, its THC-richer marijuana is still prohibited.
Brent Wilson, NIST’s research chemist, said that if the state will confiscate a grower’s plant, or prosecute an individual, they need to ensure the measurement is precise and genuine.
The department also previously led research on hemp oil testing; however, this one entails cannabis and hemp that will focus on the flower, which’s more troublesome for labs. NIST broke down different marijuana buds to acquire this test’s samples before sorting them to distinguish the substance according to particle size.
Brent then blended the cannabis powders in batches and meticulously measured the amount of every compound and contaminant found in every batch.
The agency stated that NIST would offer samples from these batches to participating laboratories.
Laboratories that intend to engage in the research study have up to 5th February to register. Samples will be disseminated this month.
Although identifying the THC content is an important concern, the study will examine Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids to ensure marijuana firms can genuinely meet the legal parameters and are well-labeled for the users.