Where did the pesticides on the sample come from? I’ve never used that before…

Cannabis can be exposed to pesticides through a wide variety of sources, and detection at low levels -even levels above the action limits – is not necessarily evidence of wrongdoing. When considering how preventable human actions can be the cause of the exposure, we can reasonably group exposures into one of three groups:

First, and most egregious, is deliberate application of a pesticide on a crop it is not approved for. When unapproved pesticides are applied to cannabis plants, even in the vegetative stages of development, it is likely to cause the final product to have residues at concentrations far above the action limits.

Second is incidental exposure from neighboring sources, which can sometimes result in levels higher than you’d like. Pesticides are applied in many agricultural areas and home gardens, and it is hard to find a place in our modern world where application of pesticides isn’t near. There are mitigation strategies that have proven to work in the organic produce industry to maintain compliance despite neighbors who spray. We are happy to work with you to identify these sources and strategize for improvement.

Third, and least troubling, is low-level incidental exposure. Pesticides of all types and levels of health risk are used in many ways, and very low levels (less than 0.1 ppm, or far lower) are present in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, and in the water we drink. It is an unfortunate reality of modern life, but not necessarily one that needs to negatively impact your products in particular. Confidence Analytics is here to help you maintain compliance and provide safe cannabis products for our state.