I should have paid better attention when I took Chemistry in high school.
It feels care about I lack basic knowledge regarding chemicals & how they work in the natural world.
I find it incredibly fascinating when our cousin visits & tells us about her time laboring in the testing lab. She is employed by a business that does purity testing for both the legal hemp industry & the legal cannabis industry. It’s consistently interesting hearing him talk about getting the samples from the several companies in the state that use their services. The companies selling hemp use the lab tests as a guarantee to their customers that the products being sold are safe for human consumption. They have more confidence when there’s a lab test guarantee to back it up. But this is even more important with cannabis dispensaries because our state’s rule forbids them from selling any products with a substantial list of unusual contaminants. I didn’t even know that cannabis oil is extracted with over several unusual major solvents. In this state cannabis companies use carbon dioxide, ethanol, butane, propane, & hexane to extract THC & other cannabinoids & terpenes from the marijuana plant to make cannabis oils & concentrates. When their finished products are sampled & sent to these labs for testing, the residual solvents have to be so miniscule that they pose no threat to human consumption or the product cannot be sold. There have been situations where cannabis companies sold products before their lab tests came back pitfall, thus exposing customers to contaminated products that weren’t safe for consumption in the first site.