DB Labs, a cannabis-testing laboratory, has become the first and only ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited marijuana-analysis lab in Las Vegas. Consumers might be asking themselves, so what does that mean for me?
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is a standard used by testing and calibration labs, accreditation is required by most countries. Outside of the United States, calibration and test results will not be accepted from unaccredited labs. Within the United States, having the accreditation raises the bar for testing standards and assures customers that their products have been rigorously tested to ensure the safety and health of users. Unaccredited labs would be wise to follow suit, because ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation could become compulsory soon. Currently, one other lab in Nevada has the accreditation – 374 Labs – but no others laboratories in Vegas have received a certification.
Susan Bunce, President at DB Labs, says, “As the first cannabis-testing laboratory in Nevada, DB Labs has always taken patient safety very seriously and has always tried to raise the bar. Now, being the first lab in Las Vegas to receive the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, we are setting the standard and want to set a good example for other labs that can provide this high level of testing for users.”
Bunce continued, “The world of cannabis testing is often compared to the Wild West: each lab uses state regulations to set their own standards, but this leaves a lot of room for subjective interpretations and leniency. The accreditation removes the ambiguity and guarantees a consistent level of testing to users. We are proud to be a part of that.”
In Nevada, cannabis labs are required to test for certain contaminates like pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, residual solvent, and microbials. However, these requirements do not list the same rigorous standards the accreditation requires. Bunce stated, “Eventually Nevada’s new, recreational users will realize that their cannabis contains more than the advertised THC number, and that it could contain harmful molds or other contaminates. There is so much more to cannabis that users need to be aware of, including the potential benefits of different strains.”
“We at DB Labs are proud to become the first cannabis testing facility in Southern Nevada to accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. It’s awesome to see that all the long hours, late nights and months of hard-work are paying off and being recognized,” stated Glen Marquez laboratory manager for DB Labs.
DB Labs recommends that patients ask their local bud-tender at a dispensary which strain will offer the best benefits for their needs, such as appetite suppressant or enhancement, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, or other alternatives. Those who are new to cannabis use are encouraged to pick up a DB Labs brochure from their local dispensary titled “Consumer Guide to Cannabis.” DB Labs prepared this brochure to educate users on potential benefits and drawbacks of different strains, as well as potential deleterious ingredients in untested cannabis.
Dr. Ben Chew, the new regional lab manager for DB Labs, joined the team in anticipation of the increased demand for recreational marijuana. “I wanted to ensure quality cannabis for users of DB Labs products, because untested or badly tested cannabis can have serious negative effects for users. Although medical patients are more fragile and require more rigorously tested marijuana, DB Labs provides that same level of testing to recreational users, too. DB Labs sought the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation as a guarantee to our users that our products are the gold standard
Standardization in testing means that users can expect the same level of high from the same amount of product consistently. For those who have felt the overwhelming sensation of consuming too much of an edible, this assurance will be a huge relief. Additionally, for consumers who have ingested cannabis and felt ripped-off by the underwhelming effects of a product that claims to have a high THC number, this standardization will provide comfort that their investment is fair.
Kelly Zaugg, laboratory manager, stated, “now that cannabis cultivators and production facilities, as well as medical marijuana patients have an accredited laboratory to partner with, they can be confident that the results from DB Labs are the most accurate and reliable. We are happy to show our continued commitment in providing high quality service that the community can depend on.”
Dr. Chew stated, “I’m proud to work for a lab that doesn’t sell test results. Our clients know that they will receive rigorous testing and results that are accurate. In other states labs have been accused of THC inflation, passing cannabis that is below standard, and other issues: at DB Labs, our accreditation puts users’ minds at ease, because they know their cannabis is safe.”
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