Commercial Cannabis Production Quality Control
Quality Assurance is the process and set of protocols that a cannabis production company follows to ensure that flower material and derivative products are consistent and safe to consume. In a highly regulated industry, the protocols can be intensive. Most license applications require submission of a Quality Control or Quality Assurance Plan so the applicant can prove to government regulators that appropriate measures have been considered and implemented. This includes proper measuring of substances, cross-checking of all documentation, packaging and labeling standards, and many other components.
Lab testing finished flowers is now a legal requirement for almost all licensed marijuana cultivation businesses. While rules vary from state to state, labs are still evolving and often have consistency problems of their own. It pays for cultivation businesses to send in multiple samples of the same harvest to make sure the lab of their choice is returning consistent results.
Once you find a marijuana testing lab you can trust, the data they provide not only satisfies regulatory requirements, it also provides you with valuable information about the strengths and weaknesses of your genetics, your cultivation method, and your curing system.
Genetics is not the only factor that influences cannabinoid profiles. Lighting and nutrients are also factors, so it’s worth checking to see if your Blue Dream under LED lights in a hydro system tests similarly to your Blue Dream under HPS lights in soil.
You might also discover that certain growing and curing conditions are more conducive to the development of higher CBD or terpene compounds. Keep good records on your lab results and the exact treatment each sample had during its growth cycle, and these records will become part of your pro-grower arsenal over time.
Documentation - Business Plans, SOPs, Tracking Systems, R&D
Site Design - Floor plans, Room Subdivisions, Ease of Access and Use
Security - Internal and External Controls to Minimize Theft
HVAC - Air Quality, Monitoring, Clearance, Temperate and Humidity Control, Co2, Ozone, Fumigation, Fire Safety
Electricity & Gas - Power Usage & Energy Efficiency
Water - Input and Waste Management & Analysis
Equipment - Ensuring the Purchase of Energy-Saving High Performance Equipment & Supplies
Staffing Plans - Workflow Simplification & Error Minimization
Worker Safety, Satisfaction & Professional Development
Pest Management Plans - Quarantines, Visitor & Worker Restrictions, Protocols for Each Pest Type
Plant Material Disposal Plans, Hazardous Waste Management
Site Sanitation Plans
Nutrient Regimens - Standard Protocols, Lab Testing, Modification & Results Tracking
Grow Methods - Flowering, Cloning, Mother Plants, Veg Growth, Seed Production
Harvesting, Trimming, Curing, and Storage
Supply & Demand Production Management
Ongoing ROI Analyses