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Cannabis Testing Global Market to 2035: Players Include Abko Labs, ACT Laboratories, BelCosta Labs and CDX Analytics

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Dublin, May 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Cannabis Testing Market: Distribution by Type of Cannabis Tested, Type of Sample Tested, Company Size, and Key Geographical Regions: Industry Trends and Global Forecasts, 2023-2035" report has been added to's offering.

This report features an extensive study of the current market landscape and the likely future potential of the cannabis testing market, over the next 12 years.

It highlights the efforts of various stakeholders engaged in this rapidly emerging segment of the cannabis testing industry.


In the last few years, several countries across the globe have legalized the use of medical cannabis and recreational-use cannbis / adult-use cannabis. This can be attributed to the therapeutic potential of cannabis and cannabis-infused products that has been acknowledged recently.

Studies have shown that cannabis can provide substantial relief from adverse effects, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and chronic pain associated with multiple sclerosis. In fact, three cannabis-derived prescription medications have already been approved for sale across the US.

Further, the recent legalization of cannabis across several countries, including Canada, Germany and Thailand, has prompted several stakeholders to develop and manufacture cannabis-infused products. However, the illicit market with questionable product quality still remains the primary source of cannabis and cannabis-infused products for the masses.

Further, the high potency of the cannabinoids and presence of contaminants, including microbes, pesticides, heavy metals and residual solvents in cannabis-infused products, compromise their shelf life as well as the consumer safety. This inherent lack of quality raises various concerns, challenging the future of this market.

In order to overcome these challenges, it becomes imperative that cannabis-infused products comply with the regulatory standards, stringent testing protocols to maintain the safety thresholds and protect consumer health. With rise in demand for safe and compliant cannabis-infused products, the cannabis testing market is anticipated to witness steady growth in the upcoming decade, offering various testing solutions to a number of end-users, including cultivators, product manufacturers, and research institutes.

Key Market Insights

Growing Demand for Cannabis Legalization and Cannabis-infused Products

There has been a steady increase in the consumption of cannabis, also known as marijuana; since 2018, the number of young-adults consuming the plant in any form has increased by 5%. Moreover, the consumption of cannabis increased by 20% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presently, many countries have legalized medicinal use of cannabis, while 10 such countries have also approved recreational use of the plant. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, there were at least 21 US states and District of Columbia that have legalized medical cannabis or adult-use cannabis. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for a diverse range of cannabis-infused products (in terms of applications, medical or recreational), including tinctures, salves, edibles, vape oils and raw plant materials.

In order to ensure the quality of different cannabis-infused products, over 350 cannabis testing labs equipped with novel equipment and software have been established globally. These cannabis testing labs provide regulatory-compliant testing of the products, ensuring quality and consumer safety. All these developments have paved way for growth in the cannabis / marijuana testing market.

Need for Cannabis Testing Labs

The recent legalization of medicinal cannabis across the US and many other regions, coupled with the decriminalization of the plant for recreational use, has revolutionized the field. Stringent regulatory standards have been imposed in order to ensure the quality of the product and safety of consumers.

To comply with these regulatory standards, an increasing number of cultivators, manufacturers and research institutes are leveraging the superior technical expertise of cannabis testing labs. These service providers offer analysis along with options for testing multiple product samples / final products with quick turnaround times, aiding the quality compliance of the products, as well as fortifying consumer safety.

In some US states, such as Massachusetts, the cannabis testing labs have also come together to form an association, showing their responsibility towards building a safe market for the consumers.

Growing Number of Cannabis Testing Labs

The cannabis testing market features more than 160 companies that claim to possess the necessary technical expertise for providing testing services for cannabinoid potency and contaminants, catering to the biopharmaceutical, agricultural and food industries. The market is currently dominated by small companies (1-50 employees), which represent 44% of the total number of players.

It is interesting to highlight that companies testing medical-grade cannabis products represent more than 75% of the total players in this market. In addition, recent developments in this industry indicates that substantial number of analytical laboratories have included testing of recreational / adult-use cannabis in their service portfolios.

In June 2022, Trichome Analytical became the first cannabis testing lab to receive license for adult-use cannabis testing in New Jersey. In the same month, Bia Diagnostics received license for adult-use cannabis testing in the state of Vermont, which legalized the use of adult-use cannabis in 2018, but the adult-use dispensaries started selling marijuana for recreational purpose in October 2022.

It is also worth highlighting that close to 40 companies world-wide offer cannabis testing products, including analytical instruments, consumables, reagents, and software solutions to these cannabis testing labs. Notably, more than 25% of these players also offer cannabis testing services along with testing products. The increasing number of cannabis testing labs across the world, serving the growing cannabis market, will drive the market to grow at a CAGR of ~22% over the forecast period.

Key Challenges in the Cannabis Testing Market

The legalization of cannabis across the globe has led to an increase in the number of cannabis products that comply with regulatory requirements and are safe for human consumption. However, the testing protocols for such products are not standardized across different labs.

Cannabis Testing Services Market Size

Driven by the rising demand for novel cannabis-infused medicinal and recreational products, the cannabis testing services market is anticipated to witness noteworthy growth in the foreseen future. Specifically, in terms of type of cannabis tested, the market is anticipated to be driven by the high demand for medicinal cannabis. Currently, majority of the revenues are generated from the testing of flower samples; however, in the near future, market for testing extracts and edibles is anticipated to grow at a relatively higher CAGR.

Emerging Markets to Drive Cannabis Testing Market Growth

At present there are limited cannabis testing labs in the emerging markets of Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa. South Africa's first cannabis testing lab was opened by Afriplex in March 2019. Since then, several other laboratories like Qure and CannaLab have set up operations in the country.

In Latin America, Colombia is anticipated to cater over 40% of the global medical cannabis demand. Presently, under Asia-Pacific, Australia legalized the use of cannabis for recreational applications in 2016; Thailand legalized the plant for medical use in 2018. Following this, it is expected that more countries across the region will legalize the plant for either medical or recreational use in the foreseen future.

Although North America holds the largest share of the cannabis testing market at present, the emerging markets will push the market growth as these markets look to regulate their cannabis industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1: What are the medical applications of cannabis?

Answer: The consumption of cannabis has shown therapeutic efficacy against chronic pain associated with cancer, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Moreover, the plant has also been used to treat certain neurodegenerative disorders including Tourette syndrome, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), anxiety, depression as well as sleep disorders.

Question 2: Which countries have legalized cannabis for medical use?

Answer: Examples of countries that have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, the US and Zimbabwe.

Question 3: Which are the top players in the cannabis testing market?

Answer: Presently, more than 160 companies are engaged in providing cannabis testing services worldwide. Examples of top players engaged in this market (which have also been captured in this report) include Abko Labs, ACT Laboratories, BelCosta Labs, CDX Analytics, Digipath, LGC, Medicinal Genomics, SGS, Steep Hill and Tentamus.

Question 4: What are the various factors driving cannabis testing market?

Answer: The factors driving the cannabis testing market include increasing legalization of cannabis across different regions and surge in demand for novel biopharmaceuticals and other products infused with cannabis extracts, such as tinctures and gummies.

Question 5: Which region has the highest market share in cannabis testing market?

Answer: North America captures around 58% share in the current cannabis testing services market. It is worth highlighting that Asia-Pacific is anticipated to grow at the highest growth rate.

Question 6: Which are the leading market segments of the cannabis testing market?

Answer: Currently, in terms of the type of sample tested, flower samples capture the largest share of this market. However, extracts are likely to witness higher annual growth rates in the upcoming years, owing to their more demand and increased utilization in different cannabis-infused products. Further, in terms of the type of cannabis tested, medical cannabis is anticipated to capture a prominent share of the current and future market.

Question 7: What is the growth rate (CAGR) of the cannabis testing market?

Answer: The cannabis testing services market size is projected to grow at a CAGR of ~22% in the coming years.

Question 8: What are the upcoming trends in the cannabis testing market?

Answer: The legalization of cannabis has witnessed a substantial traction in the last few decades. In fact, the demand for medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis-infused products has also increased. In order to ensure that these products are compliant with the regulatory standards and testing protocols run within the precise time limits with optimized accuracy, several players have integrated software solutions in the laboratory workflow that offer various additional benefits, such as laboratory information management, improving customer relationship and increasing the overall productivity of the labs by reducing turnaround times.

Key Topics Covered:






6.1. Chapter Overview
6.2. AccuScience Laboratories
6.2.1. Company Overview
6.2.2. Service Portfolio
6.2.3. Recent Developments and Future Outlook
6.3. Anresco Laboratories
6.4. CDX Analytics
6.5. Coastal Analytical
6.6. Eurofins Scientific
6.7. EVIO Labs
6.8. FoodChain ID
6.9. LGC
6.10. Medicine Creek Analytics
6.11. SGS
6.12. Tentamus









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