Contamination control in cannabis production
Cannabis and hemp products frequently contain multiple bacterial and fungal pathogens that are capable of causing serious and even fatal infections. Hence, smoking, vaping or ingesting contaminated products pose a significant risk to not just immunocompromised individuals, but also to healthy consumers.
To safeguard the consumer, regulators in each US state where products are approved for consumption are now requiring testing.
It has been reported that the amount of testing is growing yearly at 12% CAGR and the value of the testing market is expected to reach $2B by 2024.
In support of this projection, in 2018, the Cannabis Industry Association reported that just 5% of the cannabis products for sale in California were tested for safety. Nearly 20% of marijuana products failed tests for potency and purity.
In Massachusetts, where very stringent regulations currently exist, investigative reports found that three of four dispensaries sold cannabis that tested positive for yeast and mould.
Dr. Jack Regan, LexaGene’s CEO and founder commented: “We’ve had many inquiries from the cannabis sector, from identifying agricultural and human pathogens, to cannabis variety verification, to human genotyping to predict response to CBD and THC. The ‘open-access’ nature of our technology will allow beta testers to use our technology for their specific purpose.”