Any naturally grown product is at risk for contamination by mycotoxins and harmful organisms.

Microbiology testing includes analysis of bacteria, yeast, molds and their harmful mycotoxins.

Cannabis presents a unique challenge to scientists and regulators when it comes to microbial testing. Cannabis can be inhaled through dried plant material, from processed oils such as vapes, absorbed through ingestion of plant material

or processed extractables, and absorbed through tinctures and creams. Each of the routes of entry present an inherent risk of exposure to microbial contamination and toxins associated with those microbes.

Many of the extraction procedures used to concentrate the active ingredients of the cannabis plant, reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but may not remove the toxins produced by those same microbes.

Nova's Approach

Nova takes the safety of the Cannabis community very seriously.

Our tests use a highly specific and automated system to detect Total Yeast and Mold, Aerobic Bacteria, Coliforms, Enterobacter, through metabolic identification. Pathogenic strains of Salmonella and E. coli are detected with advanced PCR techniques.

The industry standard turn-around time for microbial testing is about a week.

Nova’s innovative microbiology test can return accurate and specific results within 3 days. This level of accuracy and efficiency is paramount to the safety of Cannabis consumers and the success of our customers.