We use state-of-the-art Shimadzu equipment, employing a full suite of analytical instrumentation suitable for the
wide range of testing necessary to meet all state regulatory requirements. This includes:
Pesticides that may be used during the cannabis growing process to control harmful insects can be harmful to consumers. In addition, the relatively high moisture content of cannabis makes it susceptible to mold growth during storage, producing mycotoxins. LCMS analysis allows detection at the ultra-low levels necessary to ensure regulatory compliance.
Toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, thallium, and arsenic are found in soils and fertilizers, and can be taken up by cannabis plants as they grow. ICP-MS testing can detect these metals at extremely low levels.
Producing reliable products and meeting labeling standards requires detailed knowledge of the cannabinoid content. The HPLC enables rapid detection of the levels of 11 different types of cannabinoids.
Terpenes are the compounds that give cannabis its characteristic flavor and scent, and the unique combination of cannabinoids and terpenes found in a particular strain can give it different characteristics. GCMS analysis can identify thousands of different terpenes, as well as pesticides and residual solvents.
Many cannabinoid products are made by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis using solvents. Residual solvents are the chemicals left over from this process, which are not safe for consumption. This analysis detects and identifies extremely low levels of residual solvents and can also be used to detect pesticides.