Medical cannabis and recreational cannabis are legal in Nevada. Our lab tests for cannabinoid and terpene profiles, residual solvents, chemical residue and heavy metals. We also perform microbial and mycotoxin screenings, as well as quantifying for moisture content. We are your full service cannabis testing facility! We also provide industrial hemp CBD product testing so you’ll know exactly what’s in your hemp products, as well. We’re here to provide accurate, trustworthy results and we’re very proud to be entrusted with ensuring the safety, quality and potency of Nevada’s medical cannabis and industrial hemp products, per Nevada state regulations.
Potency & Cannabinoid Profile Analysis
A complicated mixture of over 300 chemical compounds and at least 85 cannabinoids, cannabis contains Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, its most pharmacologically active component. It’s been shown to work well with other cannabinoids as their chemical constituents very much affect each others medicinal value. Our laboratory uses sophisticated Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC) with Diode –array detection techniques to accurately test for Delta9 THC, Delta8 THC, and THCA. THCV, CBD, CBDA, CBG, CBGA, CBN, CBDV, and CBC. Both medical cannabis and recreational cannabis are tested.
Terpenes are a class of chemicals largely responsible for the odor, flavor, and color of a plant. Many of these chemicals have their own pharmaceutical effects so knowing the major terpene profile of a cannabis plant helps both patients and doctors in choosing strains wisely. We use gas chromatograph with a mass spectral detector to accurately test for terpenoids which include (but are not limited to) AlphaBisabolol, AlphaHumulene, AlphaPinene, AlphaTerpinolene, BetaCaryophyllene, BetaMyrcene, BetaPinene, Caryophyllene Oxide, Limonene, and Linalool.
Insects and other pests can often proliferate in an environment geared toward commercial agriculture which means industrial cultivators often use chemical pesticides to avoid potential crop loss. But many chemical pesticides are known to be highly toxic and can be very persistent which is why exposure to these pesticides can be extremely dangerous. Known to cause acute toxicity, allergic reactions, cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, or other adverse reactions, our lab uses gas chromatography and mass spectral (GC/MS) to verify and screen the chemical pesticides used in the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis all fall within the industry’s set safety standards.
Residual Solvent & Heavy Metal Detection
Residual solvents are volatile organic chemicals used in the manufacture of specific cannabis concentrates. Heavy metals are naturally present in soil and water. Long term exposure to these elements pose a potential toxic risk causing headache, weakness, muscle and joint pain. Headspace gas chromatography with mass spectral and headspace technology (GCMSHeadspace) is used to identify and quantitate residual solvents including butane, heptane, and propane. We screen for acetone, ethanol, isopropanol, pentane, isopentane, and hexane quantitated to below 20 PPM and we use Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) to detect lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury.
Microbial Screening & Foreign Matter
Contamination can happen at any stage of cannabis cultivation, even during process and storage. Yeast and mold, e. coli, coliforms, and salmonella have all been shown to be potential contaminants. Patients who consume these harmful pathogens may experience serious illness or health complications and that’s why our microbiological screening program aims to ensure consumer safety by identifying all types and levels of microorganisms. We offer a full range of reliable microbial and foreign matter testing using 3M Petrifilm plate and RealTime Polymerase China (qPCR) technology. Our microbial screen includes the detection of total yeast and mold, total aerobic bacterial, coliform, biletolerant gramneg bacterial, e. coli, and salmonella
Mycotoxins are naturally occurring toxins produced by mold and yeast. They’ve been shown to be highly toxic to humans and continuous exposure to specific mycotoxins result in allergic reaction. Aflatoxin and Ochratoxin testing further ensures products are free of hazardous mycotoxins, yeast, mold, and contamination. Our lab uses HPLCFluorimeter (HPLCFLD) to identify and quantify trace elements of Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, and Ochratoxin A.