MCEC strives to provide only the highest-quality products.
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The shape, structure, and color vibrancy of the flower are all inspected. Well-connected calyxes are indicators of good flower.
The color vibrancy is an indicator of the quality of the flower and its maintenance throughout its growth period such as if it were fed the right nutrients.
The health and color of the trichomes are also inspected to check if the flower was harvested at the right time which in turn determines if it has an energizing or sedating effect.
There are several components of smell and taste that determine the quality of the flower. If there is a strong and complex smell, this indicates there is the presence of strong terpenoids which are medically valuable.
The aromas of specified strains are compared to a standard representation of the strain since strains can have varying phenotypes.
Smooth, flavorful smoke shows how well the plant was grown and how terpene rich the medical cannabis is.
The color of the ash is also investigated since it also determines how well the cannabis was flushed and cured.
Finally, the duration and quality of the medicinal effect is also tested.
The physical quality of the edible is inspected, such as its freshness, as well as the type of edible it is: brownies, cakes, candies, cookies, tinctures, pills, and caps.
The longevity or shelf life of the edible is also inspected to ensure it is stored properly.
The packaging of the product is also inspected to check if it has state compliant dosing, ingredients, expiration dates and safety warnings. It is very important to know the ingredients and their quality as some patients may have allergies or may have specific dietary needs.
To determine if a cannabis-based edible is fit for consumption, our Product Manager will smell, taste and sample the medicine to ensure that it is pleasing to the palate and the therapeutic effect is smooth, clean and safe for medical use.
The qualities we look for is the freshness of the edible, the flavor, and the culinary quality. We also take note of the psychoactive effect of the edible. Multiple taste testers are often needed, as some edibles are better suited for patients with specific dietary restrictions (such as individuals with lactose intolerance or Crohn’s Disease) and we want to determine the effect of the edible on patients with varying metabolisms. We will look for a number of characteristics and qualities to judge.
We inspect what type of extract it is: sauce, budder, crumble, honeycomb, nectar, sap, shatter, taffy, wax, etc. The various textures of extracts are an initial indicator of potency, flavor and technique of extraction and purging.
We also inspect the quality of texture, the vibrancy of the colors, and for signs of contamination.
We smell and taste the concentrates oil to ensure that the smell and flavor is pleasing and the therapeutic effect is smooth, clean and safe for patient consumption.
The quality of the aroma is an initial indicator of how well the terpenoids were suspended in the extract. -The quality of flavor on inhale and exhale indicates how well the cannabinoids and terpenoids were suspended in the final product, as well as the quality of the purging process. Some extracts are considered “throaty” or “harsh” and may be undesirable to individuals with respiratory issues.
The smoothness of vaporization on the nail or vapor pen is a good initial indicator that the concentrates does not contain poisonous residual solvents. However, extensive residual solvent lab analysis is required to confirm this. and for signs of contamination.
Ingesting pesticides can be harmful, even in small doses. Think about it; pesticides are meant to destroy the brains of bugs. Is that something you want to put in your body? Although many cannabis cultivators use organic products to deter pests, others use toxic pesticides. This goes against everything cannabis is about. Cannabis is being recognized as a safer, gentler alternative to pharmaceutical drugs – it’s non-addictive, non-toxic, and can even help the body fight illness. Why fight disease with dirty medicine? Healthy living is better achieved using clean medicine. We are committed to providing our patients with the safest medicine available.
The State of California mandates cannabis cultivators and manufacturers to contract with a number of labs who are dedicated to ensuring their medicine meets the highest safety standards in the industry. Certified labs use comprehensive screening for pesticides in dried flowers and concentrates are consistent with EPA, ELAP, and international testing standards, and the tests are able to detect trace amounts of chemical pesticides using High Performance Liquid Chromatography in tandem with Triple-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS). Designed to quantify the presence of trace pesticide, fungicide and PGR residues.
The FDA has not yet seen fit to determine safe levels for insecticides or fungicides in cannabis. But momentum is building in the cannabis community for higher safety standards. More patients want to know their cannabis is lab-tested. Other states are instituting regulations that require cannabis medicine to pass pesticide testing at “None Detectable” levels. The good news for us is that the labs in California have shown that they have the ability to detect much smaller amounts of residual pesticides, and hence guarantee even safer medicine for our patients.
Pesticide analysis goes hand in hand with an entire battery of tests, including residual solvent analysis, microbiological screening, and HPLC-MS testing, and helps to ensure that the medicine is completely free of potentially harmful chemicals. The pesticides are screened and be viewed in the chart below, and include abamectin, bifenazate, bifenthrin, carbaryl, cypermethrin, diazinon, myclobutanil, paclobutrazol, permethrin, resmethrin, and more.