Cannabis, hemp in particular, is often used to help decontaminate polluted soil. It’s so good at up-taking and withstanding heavy metals, it has been used for phytoremediation in Chernobyl. Above regulatory limits, these metals—arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and others—can cause health problems such as cancer and heart disease. These elements exist in trace amounts throughout all agriculture. With the use of fertilizers and pesticides, the abundance of these metals may increase in the soil and water. Due to cannabis' high affinity for absorbing metals from soil, air, and water, it's essential that every batch undergoes heavy metals testing. It's also important to note that the extraction process may raise levels of these elements in the final extract. Even if the flower used for the extraction process had been tested and approved, the extract can still have levels of heavy metals higher than acceptable limits.
Arsenic is a well known poison and carcinogen, linked to cause various forms of cancer.
Cadmium, a byproduct of zinc, is shown to cause kidney damage, cancer, and bone fractures.
Lead is known to cause fatal health problems and developmental delays.
Mercury, a byproduct of burning coal, can cause cause severe neurological damage.
These metals and others can cause serious health effects if ingested. Strict limits are set on these toxic metals to ensure consumer safety.
Other metals, such as copper, iron, manganese, nickel, and zinc, play a beneficial role in plant growth and development. At the right level, these elements improve the plant's nutritional level, growth, and yield. These metals are also beneficial to humans if taken in low doses.
Heavy Metals Testing
Trichome Analytical tests for mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, iron, manganese, zinc, nickel, and selenium. Utilizing an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, we are able to see heavy metal concentrations as low as one part per billion.