To engender trust in the hemp & THC cannabis industries via the integrity of science.

To simultaneously be a reliable and consistent partner to the hemp and THC cannabis industries and also an accountable consumer advocate, acting as a trusted bridge between regulators and industry and consumers. Our role in the cannabis industry is enshrined in statute and ensures important controls on safety, compliance, quality and efficacy.

Our Work

As a trusted third-party testing partner to hemp cultivators and processors, we’re committed to providing detailed, scientifically rigorous analytical reports that help stakeholders understand their product and help ensure consumer safety.

Our DEA registration allows us to legally complete pre-harvest hemp testing that is compliant with USDA regulations.

We also offer several other tests and analyses for plant material, extracts and infused products to assist in R&D and product development.

Hemp Testing

In addition to our DEA registration and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation, our lab is recognized as an approved hemp testing facility for any grow operation licensed by the USDA and most USDA-approved state-run hemp programs.

A few states, like those found below, specifically designate labs for pre-harvest compliance testing. We are not limited to these states, however.

We’re listed as an approved hemp testing facility or as a licensed hemp sampling agent for the following state-run programs: Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Kentucky. State not listed? Contact us.

Science informs everything we do—every test, every process, every day. We are committed to sustainable, collaborative, reliable partnerships with industry professionals to help improve transparency and accountability in the hemp industry.

Our Lab

Our 6,000-square-foot ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited lab is outfitted with brand-new, state-of-the-art Shimadzu testing instruments to provide the most accurate results possible in testing cannabis for potency, residual solvents, terpenes, pesticides, heavy metals, moisture content, water activity, foreign materials, microbial contamination and mycotoxins.

Testing capabilities include gas chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) with liquid and headspace sampling, ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with UV-PDA detection and MS/MS, ICP-MS, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays (qPCR) and microscopy.

We are equipped to offer any relevant test for hemp and cannabis materials, including tests— such as those that detect pesticides and fungal contamination—that may not be legally required, but are vital to ensuring consumer safety. Always with an eye on scientific advancement and the future, we designed our lab, located in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey, to scale up as testing needs increase in the growing hemp industry.

Chromatography

We use both liquid and gas chromatography to separate and identify compounds. In chromatography, proper separation means a mixture of compounds—such as the many cannabinoids in cannabis—injected at the same time will flow out of the chromatographic column at different times. The time it takes compounds to flow out, called the retention time, is used to identify the compound. Coupled with a detector such as UV or MS and a validated analytical method, chromatography can be used to accurately identify and quantify a large range of compounds.

In chromatography, flow can occur as either a liquid or a gas. Having both liquid and gas chromatography systems provides flexibility for difficult compounds. For example, gas chromatography vaporizes compounds into a gas phase using high temperatures, and is therefore not well suited for compounds sensitive to heat such as cannabinoid acids, which are better suited for liquid chromatography. Instead, gas chromatography is more effective for volatile compounds such as terpenes and residual solvents.

Mass Spectrometry

When compounds are given an electric charge through ionization, they can be sorted using an electromagnetic assembly called a quadrupole. Mass spectrometry uses one or more quadrupoles tuned to the mass/charge ratio of a specific chemical compound to allow only this compound of interest to pass through to the detector. This method is highly selective and can achieve parts per billion detection limits. Modern MS technology is so fast that hundreds of compounds can be quantitated in a matter of minutes. Mass spectrometry is coupled with chromatography to achieve high confidence in the identification of compounds such as pesticides, mycotoxins, terpenes and residual solvents.

ICP-MS

ICP-MS is unique in that it is suitable for elemental analysis. ICP ionizes compounds into a hot plasma so that single elements can be detected, such as lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium. It is among the most sensitive of the MS techniques, with detection limits achievable in the parts-per trillion range.

qPCR

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR or Real Time PCR) is used to detect, characterize and quantify DNA through an extracted sample eluate combined with microbial detection reagents run through a series of temperature change cycles in a thermocycler. During these cycles, the sample eluates are illuminated with specified light wavelengths and reactions to the wavelengths are detected and quantitated at each cycle through a designated fluorophore. This results in either a quantitative colony forming units (CFU) measurement, a detectable range of the quantity of viable bacteria or fungal cells within the sample, or the confirmation of the presence or absence of a targeted organism(s) of interest.

Our Team

Our scientists, technicians and leaders boast years of collective experience in diverse testing fields, including environmental, industrial hygiene, consumer product testing and health and safety. We work within robust guidelines set forth by the USDA and other regulatory bodies to provide compliant, industry-leading analysis.

Kristen Goedde

Founder/COO

Eric Snyder

CEO

Tom Barkley

Compliance Officer

Zach Schwartz

Chemist I

Jenny Worringer

Microbiology Advisor

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Kristen Goedde

Founder/COO

Kristen Goedde, founder and COO of Trichome Analytical, brings a host of experience in analysis and laboratory management under ISO 17025 certifications. She has managed quality control, analytical and workflow efforts throughout her career with special emphasis on environmental and health and safety testing. A longtime supporter of decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, Kristen became interested in cannabis as a career path when her mother was diagnosed with ALS and enrolled into the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program. After learning more about the industry and seeing a great need for reliable, consistent testing, she founded Trichome Analytical in 2018 with a deep commitment to raising the bar in quality of testing and analysis.

In her free time, Kristen enjoys photography.

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Eric Snyder, CEO

CEO

Eric Snyder boasts extensive experience managing labs focused on environmental and health and safety testing. Over his long career, Eric has built capable teams with a special emphasis on productivity and efficiency. His commitment to over-the-top customer service guides processes and procedures in the hopes of creating lasting, sustainable relationships with clients.

Eric first entered the industry after seeing states begin to address cannabis legalization. After doing research and gaining more understanding of the plant’s therapeutic and medicinal properties, Eric launched Trichome Analytical with Kristen Goedde.

In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, seeing live music, watching sports and relaxing with a beer.

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Tom Barkley

Compliance Officer

Tom Barkley oversees the installation and management of the laboratory’s analytical instruments, ensuring compliance and proper methodology at every stage. Tom has a history of working in environmental analysis and microscopy and recently completed his master’s in materials science and engineering at Rutgers University.

Tom entered the cannabis industry after seeing it grow in the western United States. Once he learned more about the need for cannabis lab testing, he realized it was the perfect fit for his scientific background. The legalization of hemp, he says, gave him the opportunity to get involved in cannabis testing in New Jersey.

When he’s not working, Tom loves to fly fish for trout in the Upper Delaware River watershed and homebrew his own beer.

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Zach Schwartz

Chemist I

Zach Schwartz has robust experience in environmental testing and holds a master’s degree in forensic science. As an analyst at Trichome Analytical, he helps develop testing and analysis methods at the lab.

Studying forensic science sparked his interest in cannabis, specifically in the ways in which the criminal justice system can break down as it pertains to cannabis laws. After completing his master’s thesis, entitled Detection of Cannabinoids by Voltammetry, he realized the cannabis industry could be a viable and exciting career path for him.

In his free time, Zach enjoys playing guitar (badly) and learning new skills.

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Jenny Worringer

Microbiology Advisor

Jenny Worringer is a molecular biologist with over a dozen years of experience in the development, quality control and assurance of pharmaceutical drug products. Jenny is an expert with process validations and routine testing programs, on sample types ranging from raw materials all the way through to finished goods.

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