Pesticides often consist of powerful chemicals that can be detrimental to human health, even in trace amounts. Depending on the chemicals used, different systems within the human body can be affected, and amounts can build up, and symptoms can worsen over time. While there is still research on the effects of some chemicals on humans, many have been reported as harmful. This is an actively growing field of scientific research, and the health of consumers is at stake. Therefore, pesticide screening is a crucial step in the evolution of the cannabis industry.
What is a Pesticide?
Pesticides are substances used to deter, repel or destroy insects and other organisms that are harmful to cultivated plants and animals. Although not all detergents are chemical-based, many of them are, and the chemicals in pesticides can endanger humans, and this is why we test for their presence and hemp products.
Why is Pesticide Testing Necessary?
Like many dangerous chemicals, even in trace amounts, pesticides can be hazardous for human consumption. Although several pesticides are legally allowed in the cultivations of cannabis and hemp, many are not eligible for use due to known or unknown dangers of consumption. It’s dangerous to assume that chemicals are safe because no adverse effects have been reported without adequate research. A significant problem in the cannabis industry surrounds pesticides in the porous nature of the plants themselves. Even if the cannabis farmers are not using chemical pesticides, the chemicals from neighboring farms can still affect the final product. Plants can become compromised at any point in the supply chain, from growth to harvest to storage. This is why it’s imperative to test for pesticides in the final product.
How does LUX LEAF Test for Pesticides?
Testing for pesticides is a delicate process, and it’s essential to test for all types of pesticides. (66 different styles to be exact) The most precise way to ensure accurate test results, we use two different types of analyses based on the chemical properties of the individual pesticides. Currently, we can test for 61 types of pesticides with the LC-MS/MS test. This stands for Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, and the other five are tested with the GC-MS/MS test, which stands for chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. These tests provide us with accurate and reliable results for all the pesticides listed above.