Hemp Testing

CBD, Extracts, Flower, Products

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Testing Hemp Is at the Core of Everything We Do

At ACS Laboratory, it is our purpose to instill confidence and assure product quality by providing the most comprehensive and precise analytical testing services and solutions for our clients in the hemp business, from hemp cultivators, to extractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, as well as those in the industrial hemp and finished CBD product spaces.

Our Credentials

Emerald Proficiency Test

Florida Department of Agriculture

Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA Registered Laboratory
#RA0571996

CLIA Certified

Agency for Health Care Administration

Work with Florida’s
largest in state
designated lab

ACS Laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited, DEA registered (#RA0571996), and CLIA licensed with the largest state-of-the-art facility in the eastern USA. Compliant with the USDA’s rules for hemp testing, ACS is also approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture as a “Designated Compliance Laboratory,” and deemed a "Certified Marijuana Testing Laboratory"  by the Florida Department of Health. Due to its success, ACS Laboratory has undergone a 20,000 sq. ft. expansion and increased its reach to 50 states and Puerto Rico as well as 16 countries worldwide.

With the exponential and rapid increase of hemp production over the past decade comes a class of consumers that are more informed about how to use various metrics and specifications, such as the certificates of analysis that we provide for our client's products, to discern premium from mediocre quality products.

We are fully equipped to test every type of hemp product for our clients, including biomass, flower, extracts, nano emulsions, beverages, topicals, creams, concentrates, edibles, vapes, and tinctures.

What We Test For

While myriad cultivators are concentrated on producing hemp containing less than .3% THC, a recent trend is emerging wherein many cannabis companies are beginning to focus on data related to minor cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBT, THCV, CBDVA and a plethora of others. Along with testing for cannabinoids, we emphasize our ability to quantitatively test for the highest number of terpenes and flavonoids in the United States.
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 are responsible for most of the nuance that is 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. Like terpenes, flavonoids exist in a variety of plants other than cannabis.

How
We Test

We’ve developed advanced methodologies to accurately test all hemp products, from biomass, to extracts to nano emulsions.

We offer R&D testing from soil to oil. We also provide state-level and nationwide hemp compliance panels so you can confidently sell your products across the country. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment like Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to confirm our results.
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ACS Laboratory has won the most national awards and is a State Designated Laboratory that is registered with the DEA (#RA0571996)

Why it
Matters?

01.
Providing stellar customer service
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Exceeding industry standards
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Highly reproducible quality, results in a regulated environment
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Providing stellar customer service
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As a hemp producer, it can be difficult to know how and when to test hemp raw materials and products. Producing an accurate hemp test entails obtaining a reliable sample through proper collection procedures for hemp and THC compliance, as outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in an effort to avoid any contamination. We also provide soil testing timelines, from testing the soil prior to planting and plants before harvest, to harvested flowers and finished concentrates.
In order to validate the results of every hemp sample report, a hemp certificate of analysis (COA), online results portal with a public view,  QR codes linked to COA for product packaging, and tracking via blockchain, the future of tamper-proofing.
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When selecting a lab for testing hemp, there are a number of different metrics, accreditations, and testing methodologies that should be taken into account. First and foremost, as required by Drug Enforcement Administration regulations, our laboratory is registered with the DEA (#RA0571996). In addition, we are registered with the AHCA, licensed by CLIA and are ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited, and have been awarded 61 Emerald Badges, an inter-laboratory comparison and proficiency test, in 2019, 21 in 2020, and 19 in 2021. As a result of our years of experience operating as a testing lab aiding in the quantitative aspects of medical research, ACS is able to disseminate clinical  grade results.testing lab aiding in the quantitative aspects of medical research, ACS is able to disseminate clinical  grade results.

Beyond
Compliance

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To ensure the most professional and trustworthy results, instead of outsourcing the lead scientist role, ACS has taken an important step in providing our own lead scientist. Additionally, we have invested in a 20,000 square ft site with all of the proper laboratory-grade instruments. Consequently, we are able to employ the most reliable testing methods available, such as high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC/MSMS) and LCUV.
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In 2014, under the Hemp Pilot Program, government regulations for hemp cultivation and hemp testing were first established, though this hemp program was quite limited in scope, scale, and applications. Subsequently in 2018, the USDA Farm Bill was passed to legalize and regulate broader cultivation of hemp, as well as specifically and explicitly differentiating hemp plants from cannabis plants. In order for a sample to qualify as "hemp," and thus qualify for the exemption from Schedule 1 status, the product must not exceed Delta-9-THC levels of .3%, according to current United States government regulations. Therefore any extract, derivative, or product with more than that limit is considered to be a controlled substance. However, there is a significant momentum developing in the cannabis industry behind increasing that potency limit to 1% in the United States, as it is in most of the world. In August of 2020, the DEA's Interim Final Rule was released.
Specifically, the Final Interim Rule elucidates the DEA's assertion that hemp processors can convert legal use hemp products into illegal use marijuana products, therefore bringing them under the DEA’s jurisdiction if said processing and extraction increases the THC concentration above the 0.3% threshold, even if it is for a transient moment during the extraction process.