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.
Sample Size Required for Analysis: 7 grams
|Medical Total Yeast & Mold Count||10,000||10,000||1,000|
|Adult-Use Total Yeast & Mold Count||100,000||10,000||1,000|
|Shiga Toxin-Producing E. Coli (STEC)||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails|
|Pathogenic Salmonella spp.||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails|
|Aspergillus Flavus, Fumigatus, Niger & Terreus||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails||If Detected, Sample Fails|
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