Lab Testing Services
One of the essential components of cannabis, hemp, and CBD testing is accurately determining cannabinoid potency. ACS meticulously quantify 23 different major and minor cannabinoids using our Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatographs and advanced methodologies.
Solvent-based extraction produces high-quality concentrates using chemicals like butane, propane, and ethanol. To ensure these potent, terpene-rich formulas are safe to ingest, ACS verifies your product is compliant with all residual solvent limits using Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).
ACS offers the most sensitive and comprehensive pesticide screening and confirmation available utilizing Gas Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (GCMS) and Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LCMS).
Heavy Metal Screening
Cannabis collects heavy metals. It absorbs heavy metals from the soil, water and air. ICPMS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) testing is the gold standard.
Mycotoxins are contaminants that naturally occur in molds and fungi, which decompose organic matter. You can find molds that contain mycotoxins in a variety of crops such as nuts, spices, apples and coffee beans.
Moisture Content / Water Activity
Hemp and cannabis plants need water to grow and thrive, and yet your final products must be stripped of most of their moisture in order to guarantee safety. Overmoisturization can occur as a result of overwatering, high humidity or an ineffective curing process. This is especially a risk for plants that grow outside, which are more susceptible to environmental conditions.
Similar conditions for growth of cannabis are ideal for the germination of microorganisms and bacteria. If cannabis is not tested properly, it may contain contaminants that are harmful for human consumption.
Terpenes are produced in trichromes (where THC is produced) and give cannabis its distinctive flavor and aroma. Terpenes also act as essential, medicinal hydrocarbon building blocks, influencing the overall homeopathic effect.
Flavonoids are phytonutrients most important for plant pigments, flower coloration, taste, smell and overall sensory experience. They are a high level of nutrients and are found in many common foods consumed today.
Plant Health Panel
ACS offers the most sensitive and comprehensive pesticide screening and confirmation available utilizing Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS).
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals that transform into pollutants when coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage and tobacco are burned. These common chemicals form small particles in the air, which can easily seep into cannabis plant food, soil and water.
Plants extract from the air, water and soil many elements essential for nutrition and growth. Micronutrients are mineral elements consumed in trace amounts, as compared to macronutrients that are needed in larger amounts, that are essential for robust growth and health.
Hemp Sample Collection
Florida’s hemp farmers are required by law to enlist state-approved laboratories for sample collection and potency testing. ACS is the largest in-state laboratory to receive this designation.
ACS is Florida’s largest DEA licensed laboratory and designated by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to provide sample collection and testing services.
Testing early and often pre-harvest is critical to producing high-quality hemp and cannabis. Without plant health testing, farmers risk losing their entire yield due to poor growth performance and non-compliance. ACS Laboratory’s R&D plant health cannabis and hemp testing panel screens for viruses, pesticides, plant regulators, mycotoxins, and micronutrients to prevent unnecessary loss.
Vitamin E Acetate
More than a thousand people across the U.S. have reported lung-related illnesses related to vaping and 34 people have died. According to the CDC, most cases were associated with illicit THC products, but e-cigarettes and other vaping products were also to blame. While the exact source of vape contamination is still under investigation, vitamin E acetate was found in nearly half of all samples that the FDA tested.
Our methods for vape testing guarantee precise results. Through our proven methods, we employ Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Ultraviolet Detectors to safely test samples at room temperature without heat.
Shelf Life and Stability Testing
Customers shop for brands whose products they trust. The products should contain high-quality ingredients that match the label and are safe to consume.
Transdermal Patch Testing
Transdermal Patches are growing in popularity as a preferred alternative to smoking or ingesting, due to their superior dosing control, slower release and increased bioavailability. This is especially true for patients who rely on THC’s medicinal effects, but do not want to get high. That’s why it’s so important for brands to understand exactly what concentration of healing ingredients their transdermal patches contain.
Nano emulsions are the latest innovation in cannabis beverages that utilize “water soluble cannabinoids.” In nano emulsions, THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are broken down to such small sizes that they become emulsified in water and remain intact, without separating.
Our methods overcome the challenges of edibles testing and guarantee precision. Before testing edibles for potency, we utilize what’s known as a cryogenic grinder or freezer/mill, where we flash-freeze and pulverize the edible to homogenize it. This method provides consistent, reliable results, and we have the awards to prove it. For the last two years, we have received badges for excellence in edibles potency from the Emerald Test, a nationwide Inter-Laboratory Comparison test.
When analyzing hallucinogenic mushroom samples for potency, we quantitatively measure the following analytes:
Functional mushrooms are tested for contaminants.
ACS tests nano products for pesticides and contaminants that could be dangerous upon ingestion or through penetration of the skin.
ACS tests topicals for pesticides and contaminants that could be dangerous through contact with the skin. We know the most common toxins and the maximum levels that are safe for human use. We accurately test all topicals, from skin salves and beauty creams, to balms, oils and patches. Cannabis companies can be sure their products are retail-ready and safe to use.
ACS guarantees precise results when testing concentrates by utilizing proven methods known for accuracy. We use Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with Ultraviolet Detectors to safely test samples at room temperature without heat. This method provides consistent and reliable results, and we have the awards to prove it. For the last two years, we’ve received awards for excellence in potency testing from the Emerald Test, a nationwide Inter-Laboratory Comparison test.