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Pesticides and Cannabis – What You Need to Know

Most health-conscious adults want to avoid fruit and vegetable products that have been riddled with pesticides.

Cannabis shouldn’t be an exception to that rule, and we understand why customers, particularly medical patients, might be concerned about the level of pesticide use on their products.

But Nevadans should take heart; our state has set the bar when it comes to quality control testing.

Here are 4 things you need to know about pesticides and cannabis, specifically relating to the Nevada cannabis market.

1. Nevada Nas One of the Strictest Testing Standards in the Nation

Not that long ago, California had a huge problem with cannabis and pesticides.

It wasn’t until recently that the state finally put regulations in place, forcing a lot of cannabis businesses to play catch-up by either having fire sales or destroying their current invetory altogether.

There’s already been two voluntary product recalls since the new test regulations went into effect this July 1.

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From the very moment that cannabis became available for purchase in the Silver State, strict testing standards were in place.

In fact, Nevada had the strictest testing standard in the nation at the time. And many of the early batches of Nevada cannabis that failed inspection did so because of excessive pesticide use.

2. Nevada Has Cracked Down on Cannabis Testing Labs

It’s not just cultivators who are under close scrutiny when it comes to quality testing. The testing labs themselves are also under strict regulatory guidelines.

The Review-Journal reported back in January that nearly half of the state’s cannabis testing facilities had been suspended within a five-month period for failing to comply with the current regulations.

3. Dispensaries Can Provide You With a Lab-Issued Certificate of Analysis For Your Cannabis

After a batch of cannabis has completed lab testing, the test sample is given a Certificate of Analysis (COA), which is then given to the cultivator/manufacturer and to the state of Nevada.

The COA contains both the potency levels of the sample batch as well as the safety test results.

When you buy your cannabis from a dispensary, you’ll usually see the potency levels on the strain/product’s labeling.

If you’re interested in seeing the full COA results, which include the safety test results as well, you can ask one of our dispensary consultants to show it to you. That way, you can see for yourself how well the product performed.

4. We Now Offer Organic Cannabis Strains and Products

We understand that for many of our recreational customers and medical patients, pesticide use on cannabis is a deal-breaker.

That’s why we’re happy to announce that we currently carry cannabis strains and products created by Green Life Productions (GLP), an all-organic cannabis brand.

If you’re interested in seeing what GLP has to offer, check out this section of our menu.

And if you want to learn more about pesticide use and cannabis, contact us at any of our three locations, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions!

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