Cannabis is often viewed as a natural and safe medicine among patients. However, cannabis readily uptakes heavy metals in the soil and water which then accumulates in the plants’ roots, stems, seeds and flowers. End users exposed to these toxins through ingestion and/or inhalation will result in adverse health effects. Heavy metals interfere with metabolic functions, and chronic exposure damages vital organs and the nervous system. Additionally, heavy metals can also be mutagenic, causing damage to DNA which leads to tumor growth.
At Green Scientific Labs, your health is our utmost concern. For this reason, we use advanced methods, procedures, and inductively coupled plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), to accurately identify and quantify 25 elemental impurities that may be present in your cannabis product to guarantee its safety. These elemental impurities not only include environmental contaminants, but also includes contaminants that may be introduced inadvertently through interactions with processing equipment.
Below is our list of analytes that is compliant with cannabis regulations from all 50 States, and USP 232 elemental impurities list for drug products.
Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Cobalt, Vanadium, Nickel, Thallium, Gold, Palladium, Iridium, Osmium, Rhodium, Ruthenium, Selenium, Silver, Platinum, Lithium, Antimony, Barium, Molybdenum, Copper, Tin, Chromium, Zinc.