US firm to set up dagga  testing centre

US firm to set up dagga testing centre

MASERU – A United States-based company will set up a cannabis testing centre in Lesotho in July. This follows the government’s decision earlier this year to legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes. ProVerde Laboratories says the lab equipment is already in the country.

Established in Massachusetts in 2013, ProVerde uses advanced chromatographic, mass spectrometric and microbiological techniques in its tests. It tests for cannabinoid potency, terpene content, moisture content and water activity and others.

ProVerde’s chief executive, Dorian Des Lauries, said ProVerde Laboratories is an ISO 17025 accredited research laboratory offering state-of-the-art analytical services for the cannabis and hemp industries, including a wide variety of testing, extraction, formulation, and research and consulting services.

“The laboratory established the first state-wide mandatory testing programme for cannabis,” Des Lauries said. Chief Scientific Officer of ProVerde, Christopher Hudalla, said their role is to ensure consumer safety by measuring potency for controlling proper dosage.

“We also confirm that products are free from contamination,” he said. Hudalla said they optimise cultivation practices by monitoring the nutrient uptake and early identification of phenotypes. There is also Design and Development of Hemp-based Consumer Products Optimization of extractions and processes.

“If there is contamination, we help in identifying the source,” he said.

’Makhotso Rakotsoane

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