How Does Microbial Contamination Affect Hemp-Derived Products

When growing hemp, hemp farmers may have to deal with a couple of uninvited guests, as well.

Unless the plant is grown inside a clean room with the right environment, microbes such as bacteria, yeast, mold, and fungi can make way into the hemp crops, known as microbial contamination.

Although these contaminants are present in food, water, and air, the health consequences brought on by their potential exposure is not fully understood in the context of hemp-derived products.

The hemp plant and its derived products can easily pick up microbes during their growing cycle, mainly if it grows outdoors or in an ill-equipped environment. According to a study, most molds are harmless or are part of the environment. However, some may present a health threat when inhaled.

Aspergillus, for example, a genus that includes approximately 180 individual species of mold, can be found both indoors and outdoors, and most people breathe its spores every day. A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, and A. terreus, four species found within the Aspergillus genus, have been associated with the hemp plant, which calls for a need for laboratories to test hemp-derived products for microbial contamination.

While scientific entities such as the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) are working towards creating new sets of standards and best practices that bring more clarity to the subject of microbial contamination in the hemp plant, your hemp business can get started and benefit from a hemp testing lab that helps hemp growers be compliant with state and federal regulations.

At INX Laboratories, a hemp testing laboratory in Central Florida, we specialize in laboratory testing for microbial contamination. By providing affordable and accurate testing results, we help hemp farmers and hemp businesses offer the highest quality hemp-derived products compliant with current federal and state laws. Book your appointment today and learn more about our services: