In Nevada, along with a rapidly growing list of other states, an individual 21 years-old or older can legally buy and consume cannabis through almost every orifice.
A legal Nevada consumer can ignite cannabis flower and inhale the smoke, the most popular method. They can heat cannabis concentrates or flower below the temperature of combustion to vaporize and inhale desired cannabinoids, like THC or CBD and a host of terpenes with associated medical, flavor, and mood influences.
Chocolates, various candies, baked goods, tonics, and tinctures that contain components gleaned from the cannabis plant are a popular consumption form, edibles as they are known. Little-talked about products like hand creams, nasal sprays, and suppositories are also available to Nevada consumers.
Despite the lack of federal guidance, Nevada’s cannabis product testing regime for both medical and adult-use cannabis is arguably the most comprehensive and stringent in the nation. Cannabis testing in Nevada is validated and monitored on an ongoing basis by an independent third-party. All cannabis in Nevada is tested for:
Moisture content, potency analysis, terpene analysis, foreign matter inspection, mycotoxin screening, heavy metal screening, pesticide residue analysis, herbicide screening, growth regulator screening, total yeast and mold, total Enterobacteriaceae, salmonella, pathogenic E. coli, aspergillus fumigatus, aspergillus flavus, aspergillus terreus, aspergillus niger.
According to Kara Cronkhite, Program Health Manager for Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB), roughly 15 percent of legally grown cannabis does not meet the standard for things like mold or other listed contaminants.
If a sample fails a quality assurance test, the entire production run from which the sample was taken automatically fails. A failed quality assurance test for pesticide residue must be retested by the State Department of Agriculture.
Contamination can ultimately result in the destruction of an