ANALYSIS MICROBIAL

The cultivation, harvesting, and processing of cannabis creates an environment for bacteria, fungi, yeast, and mold thrive. Some fungi can produce toxic metabolites known as mycotoxins which can infect immunocompromised humans and cause allergic, aflatoxin and pathogenic infections such as the disease Aspergillosis.

Therefore, when the ideal growing conditions are created for the cultivation and harvesting of cannabis, so are the conditions and environment for bacteria and fungi to grow and thrive. Large green plants provide a welcoming ecosystem for a number of biological organisms, including several types of molds. Certain species of molds seem to have a preference for cannabis plants. The moisture and heat present in the cultivation and harvesting environments can cause a mild infestation to become a crop-wide epidemic.

Bud, shake/trim from Harvest Batch (CFU/g)
Marijuana-Infused Product (CFU/g)
Marijuana Extract non-solvent & non-CO2 (CFU/g)
Medical Total Yeast & Mold Count 10,000 10,000 1,000
Adult-Use Total Yeast & Mold Count 100,000 10,000 1,000
Total Coliform 1,000 100 100
Shiga toxin- producing E. Coli (STEC) If STEC is detected, the sample fails If STEC is detected, the sample fails If STEC is detected, the sample fails
Pathogenic Salmonella spp. If Pathogenic Salmonella spp. are detected, the sample fails If Pathogenic Salmonella spp. are detected, the sample fails If Pathogenic Salmonella spp. are detected, the sample fails
Aspergillus flavus, fumigatus, niger & terreus If Aspergillus spp. are detected, the sample fails If Aspergillus spp. are detected, the sample fails If Aspergillus spp. are detected, the sample fails