Heavy Metals Testing for Cannabis Products

What is heavy metals contamination?

Heavy metals are loosely defined as metallic elements with a high molecular weight or a high density. Although some concentration of metals in soil occurs naturally, human activities can raise concentrations to unsafe levels: pesticides, preservatives, metal scrap, paint, batteries, and other trash are all potential contaminants. The increasing level of global pollution poses a serious threat to the environment, including the commercial growth and harvest of cannabis crops.

How can heavy metal contamination affect cannabis users?

Heavy metals may be safe and even beneficial to humans in permissible doses, but present a serious health risk at elevated levels, as they accumulate in the body and interfere with metabolic processes. Cannabis plants are effective accumulators of heavy metals via uptake, particularly in leaves. Consumers who repeatedly use cannabis products contaminated by heavy metal uptake are at a greater risk for illness and toxicity.

The Kanabolytix approach to heavy metals contamination testing.

Kanabolytix uses inductively coupled plasma (ICP) with mass selective detection (MSD) to test for four heavy metals. We employ microwave digestion techniques for complete sample degradation, yielding the most accurate representation of heavy metals in your products.

  • 100 μg/kg
    • Mercury
  • 200 μg/kg
    • Arsenic
    • Cadmium
  • 500 μg/kg
    • Lead