Microbiological Screening

  • The same conditions that are ideal for the cultivation and long-term storage of medical cannabis can also be ideal for the germination of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi (yeast & mold).
  • However, exposure to high levels of microorganisms such as molds and bacteria are known to cause health problems and can be particularly dangerous to patients that have existing medical conditions.
    • Mycotoxins are a metabolite of mold.
    • Aflatoxins are a subset of mycotoxins which are found in soil and decaying vegetation.
  • The microbiological screening program ensures the safety of cannabis by identifying the type and level of microorganisms present in each sample using 3M Petrifilm
    • We can identify and detect Yeast & Molds, E.coli, Coliforms and Enterobacteriaceae such as Salmonella and Shigella, which have all been shown to be potential contaminants of cannabis
  • Regulatory bodies have placed restrictions on the allowable limits present and we test for all microorganisms required by regulatory bodies where we operate.