ASTM WK67823

    New Guide for Sensory Evaluation of Products Containing Cannabinoids

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D37.03 | Committee D37 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides guidelines specific to the sensory and consumer evaluation of products containing cannabinoids, specifically Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or Cannabidiol (CBD) from cannabis and/or hemp, for recreational and/or medicinal use, including but not limited to: flower, edibles, topicals, beverages, extracts, oils, concentrates, flower, and delivery systems. 1.2 This guide addresses safety, legal, panel selection, sample preparation, test procedures, and code of conduct specific to products containing cannabinoids. 1.3 This guide does not recommend a specific test method nor does it address efficacy testing. 1.4 The guide does not purport to address all of the nuances of testing throughout the world. Different countries have different guidelines and regulations while some countries do not have their own guidelines. The definition of a standard measure of cannabinoids also differs from country to country, and regionally within countries. This guide is generally focused on testing within Canada (and where legal in the US); and even within these regions, laws could change over time. It is the responsibility of the user to be aware of their local laws and regulations, corporate policies and procedures, and apply them as needed. Some useful resources are also cited in this guide.


    sensory; cannabis; cannabinoids; THC; CBD; sensory evaluation


    Once in a lifetime, a new category emerges that brings with it not only its own challenges but also its own requirements for sensory and consumer testing. The experience and expertise of members within Committee E18 will contribute to this guide within D37.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Donya Stubbs

    Draft Under Development