Our hallmark is cannabis testing and quality-control services. This is due to our industry-leading chemists and microbiologists who use validated methodologies and state-of-the-art equipment. We not only help you achieve regulatory compliance, we can support you in understanding the complexity of medical cannabis and products for adult use.
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Quality-control testing services for growers
We offer unparalleled sensitivity and selectivity in determining product potency, including THCA/THC and CBDA/CBD levels and their total equivalents. This analysis can be performed on fresh or dried cannabis flowers (buds), extracts, oils, and concentrates. If you’re interested in product forms beyond these, please contact us.
Our in-house validated methods are compliant with ICH Q2 analytical method validation guidelines.
We’ve earned Emerald Badges for both cannabis and hemp potency testing every year since we started proficiency testing in 2016.
We offer full microbial analyses for these tests required by Health Canada:
- Total yeast and mould
- Total aerobic microbial counts
- Bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria
- E. coli
- Salmonella spp.
We also offer analyses on the following:
- S. aureus
- P. aeruginosa
We perform microbiological testing according to the compendial methods Ph. Eur. 2.6.31 and Ph. Eur. 2.6.13. Please let us know if you follow different compendial methods to determine equivalency.
We’ve earned Emerald Badges for all our required microbial tests since we started proficiency testing in 2016. This includes Micro 1, Micro 2/5 Salmonella, Micro 3/6 STEC, and Micro 4-Aspergillus Mold.
Our validated method for aflatoxin B1 is compliant with EP 2.8.18 (aflatoxin B1 2.0 ppb limit). And to get really technical, it employs immunoaffinity column chromatography followed by UPLC-MS/MS analysis to quantify aflatoxin B1. But we scan for total aflatoxins – B1, B2, G1, and G2.
We’ve earned a Mycotoxin Emerald Badge every year since 2016.
Cannabis has been shown to accumulate heavy metals from substrate, water, or fertilizers if they contain metals. As regulations require, we test for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and total mercury levels in cannabis flowers and extracts.
If you’re interested in looking at micronutrients to guide production, you can also request testing for the following 27 metals:
- Aluminum (Al)
- Antimony (Sb)
- Barium (Ba)
- Beryllium (Be)
- Bismuth (Bi)
- Boron (B)
- Calcium (Ca)
- Chromium (Cr)
- Cobalt (Co)
- Copper (Cu)
- Iron (Fe)
- Magnesium (Mg)
- Manganese (Mn)
- Molybdenum (Mo)
- Nickel (Ni)
- Phosphorus (P)
- Potassium (K)
- Selenium (Se)
- Silver (Ag)
- Sodium (Na)
- Strontium (Sr)
- Thallium (Tl)
- Tin (Sn)
- Titanium (Ti)
- Uranium (U)
- Vanadium (V)
- Zinc (Zn)
We’ve earned an Emerald Badge in Heavy Metals every year since 2016.
You can test for 51 different pesticides, fungicides, and plant-growth regulators (PGRs) by choosing our pesticide screen, which has been awarded an Emerald Badge every year since 2016.
When testing cannabis flowers and oils, this screen uses UPLC with tandem mass spectrometry detection (LC-MS/MS). It can provide confirmation down to single digit part per billion (ppb) concentrations for most pesticides.
These are the pesticides, fungicides, and PGRs included in our screen:
- Abamectin (B1a)
- Chlorpyrifos (ethyl)
- Piperonyl butoxide
- Pyrethrin I
- Pyrethrin II
- Spinosad A
- Spinosad D
We’ve consistently earned Emerald Badges for our pesticides screening since 2016.
Loss on drying
Required by Health Canada for all dried cannabis products, our loss on drying (LOD) test provides the moisture content of your sample. It’s included in our full package, or you can request it as a standalone test.
We’ve been earning an annual Emerald Badge in Water Activity since 2016.
Residual solvent analysis
We have developed and validated a test to identify the presence of the following residual solvents in concentrated or formulated forms of cannabis oil/extracts:
- Isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol)
We use headspace analysis and GC/MS to identify the solvents and trace residues of chemicals from the extraction process.
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When we receive samples for full-package testing, we visually examine them for any foreign matter that may be present. Typically not offered as a stand-alone test, but included as an added value when you request full-package testing.
Cannabis analysis for product development
If you’re interested in comprehensive information on your products or programs, you can submit samples for an in-depth analysis.
Our detailed, validated cannabinoid profile analysis quantifies these fourteen cannabinoids:
- Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)
- Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC)
- Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
- Cannabidiol (CBD)
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA)
- Cannabigerol (CBG)
- (±)-Cannabichromenic acid (CBCA)
- (±)-Cannabichromene (CBC)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarinic acid (THCVA)
- Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
- Cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA)
- Cannabidivarin (CBDV)
- Cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVA)
Combining your cultivar’s terpene profile with its cannabinoid profile can give you a very detailed chemical fingerprint of your product. We use gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to quantify 39 terpenes commonly found in cannabis.
- Sabinene Hydrate
- (1R)-Endo-(+)-Fenchyl Alcohol
- Geranyl Acetate
- (-)-Caryophyllene Oxide
We’ve earned Emerald Badges for our terpene analysis every year since we started proficiency testing in 2016.
If you’re a cultivator looking to evaluate new genetics from seed, we’ve developed a novel DNA-based assay for quickly and accurately determining the sex of cannabis seedlings. Using leaf samples, we efficiently screen your plants so you can use your space more effectively and accelerate your breeding activities.
This test is proprietary, and we have filed for patent protection on it.
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Using early seedling leaf tissue, we can perform a cannabinoid screen for all 14 cannabinoids. This assay has proven to predict overall ratios of THC and CBD equivalents and provides more information for breeding and selection purposes.
We’re working on a similar assay for terpenes, so keep an eye out for that.
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