Water activity is an important parameter to consider in the cannabis industry, as it directly affects product stability.
Water activity is a measure of the availability of water molecules for chemical reactions and microbial growth. It is expressed on a scale from 0 to 1, with 0 representing no available water and 1 representing pure water. In general, microorganisms require a minimum level of water activity to grow and reproduce.
In the context of cannabis products, maintaining an appropriate water activity level is crucial to prevent microbial contamination and ensure product quality and shelf life. High levels of water activity can promote microbial growth, leading to spoilage or even the production of harmful toxins.
By controlling the water activity in cannabis products, manufacturers can extend their shelf life, enhance product stability, and maintain desired sensory characteristics such as texture and flavor.