What YOU need to know about Cannabis Testing in California for 2018

Certified third party cannabis lab testing is required for all cannabis products sold commercially  this started January 1st, 2018.


Listed below is a link to the full current cannabis testing regulations, per the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Current Regulations in effect since Dec. 31,2018: https://bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cannabis_text.pdf


The regulations are extensive and will not be fully discussed here. However, there are some key points to the regulations that we feel must be highlighted. The newest proposed regulations require that ALL cannabis/cannabis products harvested on or manufactured on or after December 31st, 2018 must undergo mandatory testing under the third phase requirements.


Testing for the following analytes:

  • Potency
  • Residual Solvents and processing chemicals
  • Category 1 and 2 Pesticides
  • Microbial Impurities
  • Mycotoxins
  • Moisture content and water activity
  • Heavy metals
  • Foreign materials
  • Terpenes, if advertised on your product label. Otherwise, not required.


Below is a breakdown of requirements that have been phased-in over their respective periods. Each new phase-in includes all requirements from the previous phase-in.


First Phase - January 1st - June 31st, 2018

  1. Cannabinoids
  2. Category I Pesticide
  3. Category II Solvents
  4. Moisture Content


Second Phase - July 1st - Dec. 30th, 2018 (https://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/cannabis_text45.pdf)

  1. All First Phase Requirements plus
  2. Category II Pesticides
  3. Category I Solvents
  4. Foreign Materials


Third Phase - Dec. 31st, 2018 and beyond

  1. All Second Phase Requirements plus
  2. Mycotoxins
  3. Heavy Metals
  4. Water Activity
  5. Terpenoids (If labeled on packaging)


Note – Those interested in just testing laboratory regulations skip to page 97 (Chapter 6- Testing Laboratories)