Medicine Box Monday: The Importance of Lab Testing

by Mar 20, 2017

For our next installment of Medicine Box Monday, where we give you a behind the scenes look at the many facets that contribute to who we are as a brand, we will delve into the world of cannabis testing and knowing your medicine. We believe this is an extremely important aspect of operating a cannabis business and want to share our practices.

What is cannabis testing, and why is it important?

As the cannabis industry paves the path toward becoming a fully compliant and regulated industry, high standards and clean medicine are more important than ever. The rate of new users is increasing on a daily basis.

New cannabis businesses are coming to market left and right. This creates the need for access to information; including the need for cannabis flowers and products to be clearly labeled, properly dosed, and lab tested. That is why Medicine Box places such great importance on sending samples from each of our batches of products, along with our source material (Super Critical CO2 extract and flowers) to cannabis labs for testing. Test results reveal potency, the different cannabinoid percentages present in a strain, the terpene profile, and any presence of mold, pesticides and residual solvents.

SC Labs guide to terpenes

Setting the standard

At Medicine Box, we believe in holding ourselves to the highest standards. California law does not currently require all products and flowers to be lab tested, however a number of dispensaries require test results before offering anything to patients. States that have legalized cannabis in the last few years, such as Colorado and Washington, have just recently put testing requirements in place, and California is sure to follow suit as the legal climate here takes form. Beyond the need to be compliant, providing safe, organic, clearly labeled medicine to our patients is Medicine Box’s ultimate priority.

cannabis flower from SC Labs

Know your medicine

So how does Medicine Box test our products? We have built a relationship with SC Labs, a cannabis testing facility located in Santa Cruz, California. At the end of every harvest, we send samples of our flowers to the lab. It is a great way to learn more about the medicine we are providing; understanding the cannabinoid and terpene profiles allows us to more accurately prescribe certain strains for specific ailments. 


Not only that, but it allows us to make certain that the flowers we are using in our products are pesticide, mold and solvent free. In addition to testing our flowers, we send samples of each of our three product lines; Medicine BarsChocolate Truffles and Tincture Blends to the lab after each batch and before distributing them to patients. We want to ensure safe products as well as accurate and precise dosing and potency.

Check out our test results

Medicine Box test results are readily available on our website, product catalog, and by request. We make sure to give any dispensary or interested patient access to these results. We want our patients to trust our products and feel safe and educated before consuming anything.

Testing will continue to be one of, if not the most, important aspects of knowing your medicine and ensuring safe products. Medicine Box is dedicated to sticking to this high standard and creating an open, honest and reliable relationship with our partners and patients. We believe patient education is a never ending endeavor and are committed to doing all we can to provide patients with all the information they may need; whether it is related to our products, flowers, consumption, dosage, or any other aspect of the cannabis industry. Our blog and Facebook page are excellent resources, plus we have a terpene section in our blog so you can learn about them a little more, from phytol to myrcene just to name a few.

cannabinoid percentage

To learn more about testing facilities and their processes, here are some reputable labs that we have worked with: SC LabsSequoia Analytical Labs, and Steep Hill Labs.

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