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Welcome to CannaQAwiki, an encyclopedia for Cannabis and hemp, and the scientific and regulatory aspects that surround them.
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Welcome to CannaQAWiki. This wiki continues to be a work in progress, but new content is slowly being added. For example, check out the latest third edition of our guide Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States. Additionally, the guide Starting a Cannabis Testing Laboratory has been updated for 2021, and the LIMSpec for Cannabis Testing has been released. Check back soon for additional content!


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New to CannaQAwiki? We're kind of new to this as well. In case you don't know where to begin, here are some starting points for you:
 

Featured article of the month: January

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"The cannabis terpenes"

Terpenes are the primary constituents of essential oils and are responsible for the aroma characteristics of the Cannabis plant. Together with cannabinoids, terpenes illustrate a potential synergic and/or entourage effect, with their interactions having only been speculated on for the last few decades. Hundreds of terpenes have been identified that additionally add to the overall cannabis sensory experience, contributing largely to the consumer’s experiences, as well as the market price. These terpenes also enhance many therapeutic efforts, especially as aromatherapy. To shed light on the importance of terpenes in the cannabis industry, the purpose of this review is to morphologically describe sources of cannabis terpenes and to explain the biosynthesis and diversity of terpene profiles in different cannabis chemotypes. (Full article...)

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Articles and reference works
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Our wiki is young and will take time to grow. However, here are some of our important topical articles and guides, as well as reference works like lists and tables (which specifically appear in the "RefWork" namespace):
 

Topical articles and guides:


Our reference works (so far):

CannaQAwiki journal articles
Open-access articles becoming more common

A CannaQAwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to scientific aspects of the Cannabis plant, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below.

Journal articles


News and updates

August 24, 2021:

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I'm pleased to announce a new guide that has been released, the LIMS Buyer’s Guide for Cannabis Testing Laboratories. This guide recognizes the challenges of the current cannabis testing environment for laboratories and identifies the value of the laboratory information management system (LIMS) towards lessening the impact of those challenges on the cannabis testing lab. Not only does it address how the acquisition process should be approached and who the key players are, but it also addresses the current state of cannabis testing, and how well-implemented informatics can play a role towards a more efficient and compliant lab. Finally, an RFI for evaluating cannabis testing LIMS vendors is included to help you with the acquisition process. I hope you find this guide helpful!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:35, 24 August 2021 (UTC)


 

January 12, 2021:

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This is just a brief update to announce two things. First, the guide Starting a Cannabis Testing Laboratory has received a slight update for 2021. Some of the statistics were a little outdated, and some of the citations were broken. This update also tweaked grammar a bit more and added a few new sentences to clarify points. However, given that U.S. Federal legalization is still not a reality, most of the content still remains highly relevant, if not largely the same. Second, a specification document—LIMSpec for Cannabis Testing—developed for cannabis testing software systems, e.g., LIMS, has been released. It's largely derived from the base LIMSpec document on LIMSwiki but tweaked to address the needs of a cannabis testing laboratory. Hope you find these documents useful!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:57, 12 January 2021 (UTC)