Cannabis and hemp can be contaminated with mycotoxins during processing, manufacturing, transportation, and storage. Humidity also dramatically increases the probability of mycotoxins colonizing and thriving. Mycotoxins are neuro-toxic, and if they are consumed or inhaled by someone with a weakened immune system, they can be deadly. This screen is integral to prove the safety of any hemp crop or final product.
What are Mycotoxins?
Mycotoxins are toxins that occur in nature, commonly in molds and fungi. They can be found on various crops such as grains, nuts, fruits, and even coffee. Naturally, because of the farming conditions, it thrives in cannabis, and hemp crops are especially vulnerable to mycotoxins. In addition, it is widespread in humid conditions, which are especially conducive to microbial growth. Inhaling or ingesting mycotoxins are dangerous to humans and can cause all kinds of issues, from nausea to vomiting and, in extreme cases, death.
How Do You Test for Mycotoxin?
At LUX Diagnostics, we have found the most effective testing for mycotoxin is by using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. (Or LC-MS/MS).