Cannabis cultivation and quality control

The responsibility of producing standardized cannabis medicine does not finish at harvest time. All of the subsequent steps - drying, trimming, packaging, and storage - may have an impact on the final chemical composition as well. Terpenes may easily evaporate even at room temperature; cannabinoids may degrade under the influence of light and heat, for example turning the active THC into the mostly inactive CBN (see chapter 2). For that reason, each individual step from cultivation to final use is equally important to monitor and control. At MOCA, all measured parameters are carefully registered in logbooks, giving an overview of long-term trends over the course of many years. The information gathered in this way is an important resource for further scientific development programs.

Quality control

Cannabis medication must be reliable in order to be integrated in a normal active life: spending time with friends and family, going to work, driving a car, etc. At MOCA products are therefore tested by independent and specialized laboratories to ensure they have the desired properties. In general, two types of tests are applied to determine the quality of cannabis. One set of tests is performed to verify that products have the desired composition regarding general appearance, cannabinoids, terpenes, and moisture content. Another set of tests is applied to ensure that unwanted elements are absent: adulterants, microbes, heavy metals, pesticides.