Hemp testing lab launched in response to industry need

phys.org | 2/15/2019 | Staff
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In response to a rapidly expanding commercial hemp industry driven by interest in products with CBD oil, the University of Connecticut recently opened a laboratory where the plant can be tested for a variety of compounds.

As part of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering's Hemp Initiative, the UConn facility will support the efforts of growers, manufacturers, and researchers, and educate students interested in entering the field.

Marijuana - Extract - CBD—has - Way - Products

A non-intoxicating marijuana extract, cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD—has made its way into products treating everything from anxiety to seizures to pain. This fall marks the culmination of the state's first growing season since federal legislation to legally grow and harvest the hemp crop, which produces the oil.

After last year's passage of the Farm Bill, many Connecticut growers invested in new economic opportunities with hemp agriculture.

Hemp - Fiber - Cannabis - Plant - Marijuana

Hemp, a fiber of the cannabis plant, is considered marijuana if the level of a principal active chemical is above a specific percentage. But tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels can vary among individual plants, and even within the same plant, depending on the genetics and conditions in which the plant is grown.

Therefore to comply with federal regulations, licensed growers are required to have the THC level tested on the crop pre-harvest. The process requires growers to take samples from a number of plants within a crop and have them tested.

Producer - Product - Level - CBD - Compounds

"As a producer, you want to ensure that you are not only legal but also that your product is safe and has the level of CBD compounds you hope will be promoting the health of those who are using the products," says Michael Willig, executive director of the Institute of the Environment and Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

"Consumers want to know that what is on the label is what they are taking, and that this information is consistent," he adds.

THC - Levels

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