People who are consuming cannabis products for any reason must be careful when searching for a quality pharmacy that provides safe and legal sources of cannabis products. No matter what types of products they’re seeking—dried, oil, extract, butter, etc.—these products should have been produced through GMP—Good Manufacturing Practices. One of the best ways to determine if a cannabis product follows safety compliance for consumption is through a CoA, or Certificate of Analysis.
Buying on the black market has never been safe for consumers, regardless of whether the purpose is recreational or pharmaceutical. Most people who use cannabis medically or recreationally are not able to trace where their product came from, if it was grown without harsh chemicals, or if it is pure and does not contain “laced” or added ingredients to enhance psychoactive effects.
In the past, there was little control over the quality or safety of cannabis when purchasing on the street. Now that legalized sellers are offering it from their pharmacies, consumers want to be assured that they are only purchasing products from manufacturers that are conforming to safety requirements and regulations.
Many patients and consumers are now purchasing cannabis from licensed pharmacies in cannabis legalized states. These products are available in a variety of forms. But the more cannabis is converted into an unfamiliar form, the more that can go wrong during the manufacturing process. As consumers are becoming more informed, more are demanding to know about the safety of the cannabis extract they’re buying from a licensed pharmacy. Just how can a consumer know that a cannabis extract is safe for use?