Determining the Moisture Content of Medical Marijuana
What are Medical Marijuana’s uses?
The Cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years in many cultures. Several countries have now legalised the medical use of marijuana such as the UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and 33 states in the USA.
Preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite and sleep and reduce chronic pain and muscle spasms. It can be administered through methods such as capsules, dermal patches, oral sprays, edibles and vaporising.
Countries which have now legalised medicinal marijuana are calling for more rigorous testing to ensure customer safety because previous production and governmental restrictions have resulted in limited clinical research. One thing which can easily be tested is the moisture content, which could indicate potential microbial contamination.
Why is it Important to Measure the Moisture Content of Medical Marijuana?
The precise moisture content of marijuana must be measured because the poor drying of the plant during the drug extraction processes could lead to mould or fungal infestations, which in turn may pose a risk to the health of users, particularly those with immunodeficiencies.
Properly dried cannabis should contain no more than 10-12% moisture. Anything above this and the plant will be more susceptible to disease and contamination. Therefore, a highly accurate moisture analyser must be used in order to precisely determine the moisture content percentage for optimum safety.
How can Precisa’s Products be used to Measure the Moisture Content of Medical Marijuana?
For the most accurate measurements of moisture content, Precisa produces a wide variety of moisture analysers. Resulting from Swiss precision in production and engineering, our fully automatic analysers are compact and robust and provide error-free, high quality and efficient moisture analysis.
There are three steps in the moisture analysing process. The parameters for the process are first set using the automated key pad and the sample is placed in the drying chamber. Heat will remove all of the moisture from the sample, which will alter its weight. The gravimetric loss can then be calculated through the comparison of the final weight of the sample to its initial weight, which will in turn inform us of its moisture content.
Precisa’s moisture content analysers feature readabilities from 1mg (0.001g) to 0.1mg (0.0001g) and can reach temperatures of up to 230 degrees Celsius. Therefore, they are the perfect solution for the moisture content analysis of marijuana for its medical usage.
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