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Cannabis Testing South Africa

Cannabis Testing in South Africa

Are you searching for Cannabis Testing South Africa?

Do you want to test your Cannabis oil or Cannabis flowers for THC or CBD potency in South Africa?

Laboratories involved in the comprehensive testing of cannabis will typically test cannabis for residual solvents, physical and microbial contamination, potency, and terpenes.

Up until now South Africans have only had one option – NAFS.

Cannabis in South Africa is now a rapidly-growing industry. Medicinal cannabis undergoes lab testing, requiring the hiring of qualified individuals who understand lab setup as well as various testing procedures.

NAFS – National Analytical Forensic Services is based in Pretoria, South Africa and can test your Cannabis oil or Cannabis flowers. NAFS offers Analytical testing service in South Africa for Cannabis, GMP Quality Control, Environmental Monitoring, Heavy metal analysis, Residual Solvent analysis. Unfortunately NAFS are unable at this stage to test for Cannabis terpenes or THCa. They can test for THC, CBN and CBD.

When we first heard about this new Cannabis testing service in South Africa we were a little bit sceptical but welcomed the news that finally people would be able to test their Cannabis oil and/or Cannabis flowers.

We know of many people in South Africa who buy Cannabis oil online without knowing exactly what they are using and more importantly just how the Cannabis oil supplier produced it.

Residual solvent, heavy metals and pesticides are important to test for as many Cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa are using Benzene and/or denatured Isopropyl alcohol to make their dagga oil products and this is dangerous as these solvents contain carcinogens like arsenic and cyanide.

So many Cannabis oil suppliers and users did send in their Cannabis oil for Cannabis testing South Africa and were then confident and more informed about the Cannabis products they were using or producing.

Lately, we’ve been hearing reports about duplicated lab testing results circulating South Africa with many of the reports looking identical.

We follow the international Cannabis industry closely and early on we saw not only that people were paying Cannabis labs to falsify reports ie. inflate the Cannabinoid percentages, but that many of the lab test reports could not be replicated by a third party lab.

We recently sent in a batch of two different Cannabis oil samples to NAFS for testing. To cut a long story short we were unhappy with the Cannabinoid percentage results so we decided to send in another two samples for testing, from the same batch, produced via the same method, and bottled and stored identically as the previous samples sent in.

We were surprised when the results came back and they were different. Not only were the Cannabinoid percentages way off, but the one product had a CBD percentage of 2%. At this point we were not convinced because the strain used was a high THC strain with minimal CBD. When we questioned NAFS regarding the difference in the lab reports we were shocked to learn that they had accidently swapped the samples. This a cause for concern as we could have been running around waving a lab tested certificate for a Cannabis product which was lab tested at 2% CBD! The exercise has made us question not just the validity of the Cannabis lab testing results you have or the lab test your Cannabis oil supplier had provided you with.

This post is not about questioning the professionalism of NAFS, but rather the accuracy and availability of Cannabis testing South Africa. Clearly there is an urgent need for more Cannabis lab testing facilities in South Africa so Cannabis oil users can verify their lab results independently.

We also know that Cannabis growers in South Africa and Cannabis oil suppliers are also weary of sending in samples to NAFS for fear of becoming known as being a Cannabis oil supplier or Marijuana user.

NAFS have made it clear though that they will not share your personal information with anyone else unless forced to via SAPS or a court order. So you shouldn’t be concerned about sending in your samples and we encourage you to do just that, but perhaps try and find another method of testing to be sure the lab report is accurate.

Should you know of any other Cannabis testing facilities in South Africa please contact us or comment below.

Because if there’s only one choice then there is really no choice at all.


4 thoughts on “Cannabis Testing South Africa

  1. The post specifically requests information about other laboratories that are able to do these tests. Sedek Agrikem is capable (and already licensed with SAHPRA as a pharmaceutical testing facility) to analyse for CBD and/or THC content. Have a look at our website, and contact us with any further queries:

  2. I would like to put my two cents in here… Firstly I agree that we need more labs testing, this will give way to a ‘Gold Standard’, thus give way to national council that consumers can trust. Let’s us use the Diamonds/jewellery as example, if there was only one gemology lab and only one manufacturing jewellery, they could charge theyou the consumer whatever they liked,and claim that the ring they sold you was 18ct white gold, 75% fine gold & 25% Palladium smelt, with 1ct color D, clarity: F, Cut: Execellent, but what they actually sold was actually a 9ct white gold, with 37. 5% gold, mixture of nickol and silver, with 1ct color K, clarity I1, Cut: poor. Which would a significantly cheaper, You would never know for sure what you had paid for and received, because you could not have it tested anywhere else, there is no recourse, you would just have accept it. But we don’t and we are better for it, as there is set standard for metal, stones and even craftsmenship, with a national council that enforces a ‘Gold standard’ amoungst its members, thus protecting the consumers and growing the industry, as new buyer and seasoned buyers, will generally go with a council accredited business. In all honesty I think the Cannabis industry is just starting, with the decriminalization, we will start to see people discover and develop uses that we could only dream of, because quite frankly the industry has been like trying work in a dark room with only a pen light to work under, now the lights are on and there no going back, competition fuels innovation, innovation changes the world

  3. So Ralph what you are basically doing with this is to bad mouth and brake down one companies work to sell your own product. You go boy thats the way to do it! You are only publishing the info that you feel will help your bad mouthing cause.
    Does your your little test kit sign a document with a validated test method. What audit trial do you have in place to show your readers that the oil you send NAFS were indeed the same oil, stored and sampled under same conditions. How can we believe the info that you publish??

    1. Mr Kemp, thank you for your feedback. I’m well aware of who you are and what you represent. Perhaps you need to reread the article again. Why would we need to have had an audit trial done when the samples were accidently swapped? It seems that you, and others, missed the entire purpose of the article, which was not to insult or discredit NAFS (we’re actually confident that we’ve probably increased their enquiries and sales), nor to sell test kits, but to bring attention to the FACT that there’s a serious lack of testing options available to South Africans. You may enjoy Monopoly, but I don’t.

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