Is Lab-Tested Cannabis Actually as Safe as We Think?

Lead photo courtesy of Evio Labs

The promise of lab-tested weed has been among the major selling points for cannabis legalization campaigns across the country. Yet, to date, it’s unclear whether we can actually rely on lab testing to tell us the truth — at least, consistently — about what’s in our pot. Without nationwide standards to regulate cannabis laboratory equipment and methodology, our ability to trust in lab-tested pot has been reduced to a game of guesswork. 

The costs of meeting testing requirements for growers, manufacturers, and retailers; the different testing methods labs are using; and the advent of “lab shopping” — whereby products are tested at different labs in order to get the most favorable results — all threaten to undermine the credibility of lab-tested cannabis, and thus, any guarantee that legal weed is safe or consistent for consumers. In

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