Our goal at ACS Laboratory is
to provide the most accurate qualitative and quantitative testing analyses for our clients in the medical cannabis industry so that they can offer consumption of the best and most reliable products possible. With the legalization and regulation of cannabis increasing throughout the United States, and new regulations constantly being introduced, there is a movement within the market for contemporary cannabis users to be more educated and informed about what chemical compounds and how much of these compounds they’re ingesting, along with the route of administration, or how to consume these compounds. By providing certificates of analysis for each sample that is tested, we can ensure that consumers are able to choose their cannabis products in an informed manner.
At this point, the majority of individuals in the cannabis industry
have heard about terpenes and the importance of them, but not everyone fully comprehends their relevancy and mechanism of action. Terpenes modulate the cannabinoid experience and account for a majority of the nuances that are felt between different cultivars and samples, as well as provide a majority of the taste and aroma of cannabis. Essentially, they are supplemental to THC breaking through the blood brain barrier by providing variation and subtlety to the cannabis experience. In addition to terpenes, flavonoids also account for a large portion of the flavor profile. Similarly to terpenes, flavonoids exist in a wide variety of plants other than cannabis, and also account for a portion of the flavor and scent that a sample has. In addition, it is thought that they provide modulation to the cannabis experience in a similar manner to terpenes. For more in depth information on terpenes, as well as flavonoids, and what their individual functions are, you can find links to our terpene blogs and flavonoid blogs here.
To ensure the safety of all products analyzed for cannabinoids,
terpenes, and flavonoids, ACS Laboratory offers testing for pesticides (we meet Colorado's requirement of 102 analytes, the most stringent in the cannabis testing industry) and not only test for all heavy metals required for state compliance, but also for the white metals typically used in producing hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and other cannabinoids from CBD. Additional contaminants tested for include Hops Variant Testing, Vitamin E acetate (for Hemp Vapes),, moisture content & water activity (an early indicator of mold or microbiology, it’s important to test for this early), microbiology, micronutrients, mycotoxins, residual solvents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and plant growth regulators (PGRs), as well as shelf life and stability. We offer a full-panel cannabis and hemp test to our clients, as well. Please note that a “compliance full panel” test does not include terpenes. We recommend testing for terpenes to differentiate your products and steer away from the THC potency obsession that dominates the industry.
We are fully equipped
In order to validate the
For proper analytical testing of cannabis
and to obtain accurate results, correct sample handling and collection process is paramount. Testing is valuable for a variety of applications, so there are five different stages at which we recommend our clients to perform analytical testing. Before planting, a soil test for pesticides and heavy metals. The cannabis plant is a remedial plant, therefore absorbing toxins and releasing them into the soil. To prevent contamination and ensure proper sample testing, be sure to test fields and not bagged soil. Then, prior to harvest, a test for cannabinoids, microbiology, and pesticide residue. After harvesting, we perform a cannabinoid, terpene, pesticide, heavy metal, microbiology and moisture testing regiment. If a client is producing extracts or oils, we also have the ability to test for cannabinoids, terpenes, microbiology, as well as residual solvents that may be present post-extraction. Residual solvent testing is essential for products made using chemical solvents such as hydrocarbons (butane, hexane, propane, heptane) and alcohols (isopropyl, ethanol). Finally, after production of finished items, such as tinctures, we perform a terpene, cannabinoid, pesticide, microbiology, heavy metals, and mycotoxins test.
When selecting a cannabis testing
To ensure the most professional
According to Florida’s Department of Health (DOH)
governing board in statute 381.986, any pesticide used in the production of cannabis flower (medical marijuana) or low-THC cannabis (hemp) must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pesticides must be classified as minimum risk, and the ingredients in the pesticide must be exempt from tolerance requirements. Florida law requires that medical marijuana be tested for pesticides. In addition to pesticides, the DOH’s proposed lab certification and testing standards rules state that medical cannabis cannot contain any level of microbes, mycotoxins, agricultural agents, residual solvents, heavy metals, or filth and foreign materials found in an amount that exceeds any of the department’s accepted limitations. At ACS, we analyze medical cannabis in accordance with these rules.