Cannabis and Hemp plants are highly susceptible to heavy metal contamination, due to their ability to absorb metals from soil substrates and water sources. Moreover, heavy metals can be introduced during the supply chain. Poorly manufactured packaging products (tinctures, glass containers, cartridges etc…) can leak contaminants into products. Consuming heavy metals is toxic to the human body, even at low concentrations. Research and Development panels are very important to ensure no heavy metals have been introduced to the product before CA Compliance testing is requested.
Heavy metals are metallic compounds that have high densities, atomic weights or atomic numbers. These metals are naturally occurring and are imperative to manage for any product intended for human consumption.