Overview

Our lab works directly with cultivators, processors and retailers as a trusted, objective, science-based partner. As an ISO/IEC 17025:2017-accredited laboratory facility, we have the independently verified tools, methodologies and expertise to accurately test cannabis for potency, heavy metals, pesticides and solvents, among other services.

We serve the cannabis industry to ensure stakeholders meet state testing mandates and applicable federal requirements for hemp producers. When you understand your product, you can make better decisions—keeping both your business and end consumers safe.

As a DEA-registered lab, we provide a pre-harvest hemp testing package that satisfies requirements for USDA-regulated testing, and our scientists are here to help you determine when and how often to test your hemp to ensure compliance and avoid costly mitigation procedures.

Our lab offers a suite of testing for post-harvest cannabis plant material, extracts and infused products, helping cultivators and processors with product development and quality assurance. Each service is available as a discrete offering or as part of larger testing and compliance panels, and bulk pricing is available.

Compliance Testing

Regulations set forth by the USDA require that hemp is tested within 30 days of scheduled harvest to ensure its total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) potency is less than 0.3% on a dry-weight basis. Further, this testing must be carried out by a lab registered with the DEA, like Trichome Analytical. We offer a competitively priced potency testing package for cultivators licensed under the USDA to ensure regulatory compliance. We’re also able to carry out compliance tests for operators in certain states that regulate their own hemp production. Our profile panel tests for numerous terpenes as well as for 15 cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, to give you a holistic understanding of your cannabis product.

As a DEA-registered, ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited lab, we’re legally able to handle and process pre-harvest samples for USDA-licensed cultivators. Beyond that, we’re intent on serving as a trusted partner to cultivators and processors to help advance the industry’s collective knowledge and commitment to consumer safety. 

In addition to compliance testing for THC levels in hemp, we’re equipped with the instruments and expertise to test for the presence of heavy metals, microbial contaminants, fungi, mycotoxins, residual solvents and pesticides in cannabis. Our lab can also provide a terpene report, which helps cultivators and processors understand the flavor and aromatic profile of their cannabis product as well as any potential entourage effects therein.

QA Testing

For quality assurance or research purposes, we offer testing services for plant material, extracts and infused products from any state. From pre-harvest cannabinoid monitoring to full-panel infused product safety analysis, our testing services assist with R&D, product development, consumer safety, and more. These services can be ordered individually, or you can select from our variety of panels.

Our panels offer critical insights and analyses for plant material, extracts and infused products. These more robust, inclusive testing protocols help cultivators and processors gain a more holistic understanding of their product.

*Dependent on product type

Full Panel Profile Panel Safety Panel I Safety Panel II
Cannabinoids x x
Terpenes x* x
Moisture Content x* x*
Water Activity x x
Foreign Materials x x
Metals x x
Residual Solvents x* x*
Pesticides x x
Mycotoxins x x
Microbes x x
Homogeneity x*
Cannabinoid Potency

Our High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) equipment ensures accurate testing results for 15 major cannabinoids:

  1. CBC
  2. CBCA
  3. CBD
  4. CBDA
  5. CBDV
  6. CBDVA
  7. CBG
  8. CBGA
  9. CBL
  10. CBN
  11. Δ8THC
  12. Δ9THC
  13. THCA
  14. THCV
  15. THCVA

 

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Terpene Profiling

Our Headspace-Gas Chromatography (HS-GC) methodology measures 36 unique terpenes, which interact in the body synergistically with cannabinoids via the entourage effect. Our current terpene panel includes:

  1. α-Pinene
  2. Camphene
  3. Sabinene
  4. Myrcene
  5. β-Pinene
  6. α-Phellandrene
  7. 3-Carene
  8. α-Terpinene
  9. Ocimene
  10. Limonene
  11. Eucalyptol
  12. γ-Terpinene
  13. Terpinolene
  14. Sabinene hydrate
  15. Linalool
  16. Fenchone
  17. Fenchol
  18. Isopulegol
  19. Camphor
  20. Isoborneol
  21. Menthol
  22. Caryophyllene oxide
  23. Borneol
  24. Terpineol
  25. Nerol
  26. Geraniol
  27. Pulegone
  28. Geranyl acetate
  29. Cedrol
  30. α-Cedrene
  31. β-Caryophyllene
  32. α-Humulene
  33. Valencene
  34. Nerolidol
  35. Guaiol
  36. α-Bisabolol

 

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Pesticide Testing

We run a full panel of tests tailored to comply with industry standards for regulated pesticide testing to ensure consumer safety. Our unique pesticide panel covers 68 compounds:

  1. Abamectin
  2. Acephate
  3. Acequinocyl
  4. Acetamiprid
  5. Aldicarb
  6. Azoxystrobin
  7. Bifenazate
  8. Bifenthrin
  9. Boscalid
  10. Captan
  11. Carbaryl
  12. Carbofuran
  13. Chlorantraniliprole
  14. Chlordane
  15. Chlorfenapyr
  16. Chlormequat Chloride
  17. Chlorpyrifos
  18. Clofentezine
  19. Coumaphos
  20. Cyfluthrin
  21. Cypermethrin
  22. Daminozide
  23. Diazinon
  24. Dichlorvos
  25. Dimethoate
  26. Dimethomorph
  27. Ethoprophos
  28. Etofenprox
  29. Etoxazole
  30. Fenhexamid
  31. Fenoxycarb
  32. Fenpyroximate
  33. Fipronil
  34. Flonicamid
  35. Fludioxonil
  36. Hexythiazox
  37. Imazalil
  38. Imidacloprid
  39. Kresoxim-methyl
  40. Malathion
  41. Metalaxyl
  42. Methiocarb
  43. Methomyl
  44. Methyl parathion
  45. Mevinphos
  46. MGK 264
  47. Myclobutanil
  48. Naled
  49. Oxamyl
  50. Paclobutrazol
  51. Pentachloronitrobenzene
  52. Permethrins
  53. Phosmet
  54. Piperonyl butoxide
  55. Prallethrin
  56. Propiconazole
  57. Propoxur
  58. Pyrethrins
  59. Pyridaben
  60. Spinetoram
  61. Spinosad
  62. Spiromesifen
  63. Spirotetramat
  64. Spiroxamine
  65. Tebuconazole
  66. Thiacloprid
  67. Thiamethoxam
  68. Trifloxystrobin

 

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Mycotoxin Analysis

With advanced screening equipment and methodologies, our testing targets these compounds produced by fungi, which are extremely toxic. We detect the presence of Ochratoxin A, Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1 and G2 at parts per billion concentrations with LCMS.

 

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Heavy Metals

Cannabis has an unusually high tendency to uptake heavy metals from its surrounding environment. We test for heavy and essential metals using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). We test for the following metals:

  1. Antimony
  2. Arsenic
  3. Cadmium
  4. Chromium
  5. Copper
  6. Iron
  7. Lead
  8. Manganese
  9. Mercury
  10. Nickel
  11. Selenium
  12. Zinc

 

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Residual Solvents

We test extracted cannabis oil and infused products for residual hydrocarbon solvents and associated impurities by employing Headspace Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (HS-GC-MS). We test for the following residual solvents:

  1. Trichloroethylene
  2. Methylene chloride
  3. Chloroform
  4. Benzene
  5. 1,2-Dichloroethane
  6. 1,1-Dichloroethane
  7. Ethylene oxide
  8. Hexane
  9. Acetonitrile
  10. Toluene
  11. Total Xylenes
  12. Methanol
  13. Propane
  14. Pentane
  15. Acetone
  16. Ethyl acetate
  17. Heptane
  18. Butane
  19. Ethyl ether
  20. Isopropanol
  21. Ethanol

 

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Microbial Screening

Cannabis can be contaminated with pathogenic microbes such as Aspergillus, STEC, yeasts and molds. Our panel provides presence / absence information for salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and aspergillus, and we measure total yeast and mold colony-forming units (CFU).

 

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Additional Services

We offer moisture content, water activity, homogeneity, foreign materials screening and other product analyses.

 

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