As the nascent cannabis industry grows, there is a burgeoning demand for novel approaches to pathogen detection in a variety of cannabis matrices. Notably, a need for fungal testing in cannabis products has been indicated. While fungal analysis has historically been conducted utilizing cultural methodology, there has been a recent focus on alternative, molecular-based assays for fungal detection and identification in cannabis. In response to innovation in the industry and a desire for more rapid, highly specific approaches to testing, molecular-based testing platforms were evaluated for the detection and identification of Aspergillus spp. in cannabis.
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Latent lead from cannabis vape hardware is more common than expected and is missed by some state and national testing protocols. We present a survey of results outlining the extent of the problem and how gaps in quality and testing systems can lead to latent lead exposure. We recommend a combination of testing protocols, supplier quality management, and consumer transparency to drive the lead out of the vape hardware supply chain.