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// May 09, 2024 //

understanding california cannabis testing: from cat 1 to cat 3










Whether you’re a fan of our podpak or stumbled upon this page from the wild wild web, it’s crucial to understand what goes into ensuring the safety and quality of your favorite cannabis goodies. California’s a trailblazer in cannabis regulation, and their testing standards are no joke. Let’s break it down:

what’s up with cannabis testing?

In the Golden State, cannabis products undergo rigorous testing before they hit your hands. These tests are categorized into three main types: Category 1, Category 2 (CAT 2), and Category 3 (CAT 3). Each category ramps up the intensity and scope of testing, ensuring everything from the potency to the purity of your cannabis meets top-notch standards.

category 1: the safety seal

Category 1 testing is all about making sure cannabis products are safe for consumption. These tests look for:

Pesticides: Ensuring those sneaky, unwanted chemical guests are nowhere near your cannabis.

Microbial impurities: Like bacteria and mold—no one invited them to this party!

Heavy metals: Lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury—basically, the stuff you don’t want in your body.

This is the baseline for any cannabis product sold in California. It’s like the bouncer at the club checking your ID. No pass, no play.

category 2 vs. category 3: the distillate dilemma

Moving up from the basics, CAT 2 and CAT 3 distillate oils differ significantly in their purity and safety standards, and here’s how:


Testing requirements: Focuses on pesticides, solvents, and microbial contamination.

Purity and quality: Safe but might contain higher levels of certain impurities compared to CAT 3.

Market demand and price: More affordable, common in budget-oriented products.

Consumer preference: Suitable for those seeking more budget-friendly options.


Testing requirements: All CAT 2 tests plus screenings for a broader range of pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and foreign materials.

Purity and quality: The highest quality and purity, preferred for vaporizer cartridges and premium edibles.

Market demand and price: More expensive, reflecting the higher quality and safety standards.

Consumer preference: Chosen by health-conscious consumers or those desiring the utmost in purity and safety.

why does this matter to you?

Knowing the category of testing your cannabis products undergo gives you peace of mind and an assurance of quality. At turn, we don’t just comply with these standards; we celebrate them! Why? Because they help us deliver the cleanest, safest, and highest-quality products directly to you.

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stay informed and stay safe

We’re committed to transparency and your well-being. Check out California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control for more detailed information on cannabis testing standards. It’s a resource we trust and so should you!

And remember, whether it’s diving into the technical aspects of our products or just enjoying a chill session with friends, always turn to us for the best. Because when it’s your turn to choose, you deserve nothing less than the best.

Stay tuned for more insights and make sure to follow our journey as we continue to push the boundaries of what cannabis can be. And hey, why not drop us a line on Instagram @turndotme or TikTok @turn.me with your turn favorites?

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Curious about how we engineer the flavors that make our products stand out? Stay tuned for our next post where we break down the science behind TRUtaste™. It’s about to get flavorful, bb’s.

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