Accurate determination of cannabinoid concentrations in cannabis samples is the most important component of cannabis testing. ELDA liquid chromatography analyses deliver high accuracy, not only for THC, but also for a wide variety of other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG, CBN and CBC.
Terpenes are produced in trichromes (where THC is produced) and give cannabis its distinctive flavour and aroma. Terpenes also act as essential, medicinal hydrocarbon building blocks, influencing the overall homeopathic effect. From the pine odour of pine to the citrus-like smell of limonene, the characterization of terpenes and their synergistic effect with cannabinoids is easily achieved using GC-MS.
Pesticides are used in commercial cannabis growing operations to kill insects and spiders that thrive on cannabis plants. Pesticides are carcinogenic and mutagenic, causing serious harm to cannabis consumers, especially to immuno-compromised medicinal cannabis users. Elda lab offers the most sensitive and comprehensive pesticide screening and confirmation available. Test for a wide variety of pesticides employed during cannabis cultivation, including:
Residual solvents are leftover chemicals from the process used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. The solvents are evaporated to prepare high-concentration oils and waxes. Sometimes the evaporation process does not remove all of the solvent. Since these solvents are not safe for human consumption, it is important to verify their absence so you can guarantee that you are providing a safe chemical-free product of cannabis cultivation, including:
Metals occur both naturally and in contaminated soil and fertilizer. As cannabis plants grow, they take up metals from the soil. Heavy metals are a group of metals considered to be toxic and include lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Laboratory testing helps to ensure that your products are free from toxic concentrations of these hazardous metals.
Moisture can be extremely detrimental to the quality of stored cannabis products. Dried cannabis typically has a moisture content of 10-12%. Moisture content above 12% is prone to mould growth.