The OUR analysis can be used to detect active aerobic or
facultative anaerobic bacteria rapidly at many steps of the can-nabis oil production process. Examples include:
● detecting active bacteria in the raw cannabis oil as it
comes off the process line;
hygienic swab testing for active bacteria contamina-tion of process control equipment and production
identifying active bacteria contamination in ware-housed cannabis oil; and
● identifying active bacteria contamination in edible
products manufactured using raw cannabis oil.
All of these tasks can be performed with simple equipment
and staff trained in basic biological laboratory skills. This type
of bacteria test will increase the patient safety of the cannabis
oil product as it is used for the treatment of immune compro-mising disorders.
Edward F. Askew has worked in analytical testing and process control for more than 25 years, during which he provided pesticide analyses and enforcement for industry and
state/federal regulators, water and wastewater analyses and
enforcement for municipal and private sectors, and radiochemistry for federal/state regulators. In 2015, he helped
form a Cannabinoid Technical Group that focuses on cannabis projects that include setting up testing laboratories
at clients’ growing, processing or food production facilities.
Askew is currently a member of the American Oil Chemist
Society (AOCS) Cannabis Expert Committee. He has been recognized by the AOCS as a technical expert on laboratory and
production quality control and the development of baseline
analytical test methods for cannabis products performance
testing. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIg. 2. OUR results from the GreenLight instrument