Yerba is proud of our cannabis flowers. California cannabis cultivation is not regulated properly yet, so Yerba has taken it upon ourselves to hold our collective of farms to a higher standard.
The team here at Yerba is incredibly proud to deliver some of the best cannabis that California has to offer. Our network of Northern California farms uses cannabis cultivation methods that go above and beyond the regulations implemented in other legal states.
We truly care about the people that we serve, especially those with more severe conditions that may have compromised their immune systems. For this reason, we take the quality and safety of our medicine so seriously that we will turn away any plant material that does not meet our high standards.
California cannabis regulation is still being developed, resulting in a Wild West of cannabis quality that has caused some pretty inflammatory headlines:
- Pesticides and Pot: What’s California Smoking?
- Medical Marijuana Firms Discussed Using Banned Pesticides
- Contaminated Medical Marijuana Believed to Have Killed California Cancer Patient
So the Yerba Team felt it was necessary to step back, and take some time to explain some of the finer points behind cannabis testing so that you, as a patient and a consumer, can feel more confident in the cannabis you purchase.
Below, we have included results from a recent lab test with Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco. The example lab test we chose to publish (for our highly popular LA Cheese strain) is consistent with our other lab tests results for cannabis flowers. Yerba is committed to our patient community by ensuring safety, comfort, and quality with all of the products we deliver.
Lab Test Results. What the Heck Do They Mean?
When testing cannabis, there are several important factors that need to be considered. While consumers (patients) are most familiar with cannabinoid testing that confirms potency, safety tests for mold, pesticides, and other contaminants.
As you can see from these results, this outdoor LA Cheese was grown with incredibly high cultivation standards. Not only is it incredibly potent (with nearly 19 percent of the plant material weight as potential THC, and 0.2% CBG), but it is also free from any farming residues or contaminants (and that is measured in the parts per billion!)
One interesting note about cannabis labs is that there is no concrete consensus on which testing methods are the most accurate. Anresco has experience with testing many products beyond cannabis, and they have chosen to adopts the Cannabis Potency and Safety methods presented in the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
The most sure way to capture all of the lab data is to run multiple independent tests so that you can attempt to isolate the compounds presented in the testing sample. Anresco uses several refined methods that employ liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry (LC-MS), which is a high sensitivity method that allows detection of even the tiniest amounts of a substance (parts per billion!)
Anresco Labs: Why We Work with the Best
Anresco Laboratories has been performing analyses of food and agricultural consumables since 1943. Yerba admires experience when it comes to choosing technical partners, and the supervisors and managers at Anresco have over 150 combined years of professional laboratory testing.
Anresco also carries a distinction among California labs as one of the only organizations to be awarded the International Organization for Standardization 17025 accreditation (ISO 17025), and the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). Anresco is also registered with the FDA.
The ISO 17025 is an extremely important distinction, as it is an international standard that demonstrates the lab is technically competent to produce precise and replicable calibrations and results during testing. The ELAP is additionally necessary as it ensures the level of analytical data results required by California to test water, food, waste, and other environmental samples. These two accreditations were very important to Yerba when we were looking for a lab partner in the past.
While a lot of this information may seem complex, it is important for patients to ask their cannabis providers about the origins of their cannabis flowers. In the next year or so, cultivation requirements will become very strict and it is likely that farming operations will either change their processes to be able to comply, or stop growing cannabis.
Yerba’s farming collective is already well beyond the cultivation requirements that have been implemented in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. We will proudly serve the same high-quality cannabis that we have been delivering since we opened over a year ago!