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420 with CNW – Scientists Find That Chocolate Complicates THC Testing in Marijuana Edibles

Scientists recently discovered that chocolate inexplicably complicates the process through which the potency of marijuana edibles can be tested. This discovery was revealed during the American Chemical Society conference held on Sunday.

David Dawson, the principal investigator, revealed that the THC potency of marijuana edibles can be affected if those products contain chocolate. These findings could make manufacturers, regulators and consumers to rethink everything they know about marijuana edibles.

To illustrate the ramifications of his findings, David Dawson referred to the law in California which requires any marijuana edible whose THC content is found to be less than what is indicated on the label by 10 percent to be relabeled while those that are tested and are found to exceed the concentration indicated on the label by 10 percent have to be destroyed.

While presenting his findings, Dawson said that he and his team were surprised to find that if they took a sample of a gram of marijuana-infused chocolate and put it in a vial, the potency test results were more precise than when they put 2 grams of the same marijuana-infused chocolate in a vial and tested it.

This discovery goes against the basic assumption that the bigger a sample is, the more that sample accurately represents the whole.

The findings mean that marijuana potency tests can be skewed in either direction by simply changing the size of the sample that a laboratory analyst tests. This abnormality can have serious consequences for consumers (who may overdose or under-dose) and manufacturers (who could be forced to re-label or destroy a batch of products).

The researchers were unable to pinpoint what exactly makes chocolate have this effect during the potency-testing process, but they were of the view that the fat content of chocolate could be responsible.

The team was also unsure whether a similar trend existed when other marijuana-infused products, such as lotions, which didn’t contain chocolate are tested for potency.

Dawson and other researchers now have the task of conducting similar tests on other cannabis compounds, such as cannabidiol (CBD), to establish whether they also exhibit the same trend as what they found in cannabis-infused chocolate. The findings of such an inquiry would be of great interest to entities like the FDA which are in the process of making rules through which CBD can be used as an ingredient in food, cosmetics and dietary supplements.

The findings of this research highlight how much more would have been known about marijuana and its compounds if the federal classification of the drug hadn’t made it so hard for scientists to study it. Experts believe that marijuana industry participants like ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) and Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST) will have a lot to reflect about in the wake of these findings.

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