A federal science department wants laboratories to be part of a large-scale study that analyzes their ability to precisely analyze hemp and marijuana samples for possible contaminants and their CBD (cannabinoid) structure.
On Thursday, the NIST (National Institute of Standards Technology) asserted that it’ll deliver analyzed marijuana samples to labs and ask them to analyze the samples again. After analysis, NIST will show the actual information and contrast the findings to identify any differences.
The objective of the study is to aid forensic analysts and the marijuana sector to identify suitable practices. NIST, also part of America’s Commerce Department, said it’s crucial to submit the samples especially since hemp was authorized owing the 2018 Farm Bill while
high-THC cannabis remains illegal within the state.
Brent Wilson, a NIST research chemist, said during a press release if the state wants to confiscate a grower’s crop, or subject an individual to prosecution, it has to be certain about accurate measurement.
Although the department has analyzed hemp oil in the past, this one entailing hemp and cannabis will focus on the flower, which is more daunting for laboratories.
To obtain samples for the recent study, NIST broke down several marijuana buds before sorting them to categorize the material based on particle size.
Wilson added that he mixed the powders into batches and cautiously measured the amount of each contaminant and compound present in every batch.
The agency asserted that NIST will submit samples from the batches to laboratories. It added that labs will get authorized hemp samples and licensed labs that tackle controlled substances may also request cannabis samples.
Labs that intend to engage in the study can enrol before 5th February and the samples will be disseminated towards the end of 2021’s first quarter.
Another NIST research chemist, Phillips Melissa said that NIST’s objective is to offer a learning chance for laboratories.