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We provide uncompromising research, testing, analysis, and education of Cannabis Products



Our lab is committed to ensuring that we use only the most sensitive and reliable tools and processes. We know each test has limitations.

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Our Capabilities Include:

  • State of Utah Licensed Medical Lab

  • USDA Requirements

  • Corporate Requirements



Our lab is committed to ensuring that we use only the most sensitive and reliable tools and processes. 

Cannabinoid Testing

Cannabinoid content is identified using the HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography), an instrument used to separate and identify individual cannabinoids in a sample. This is the most essential testing done for hemp and hemp-based products. APRC tests for 11 major cannabinoids: CBDV, CBDA, CBGA, CBG, CBD, THCV, CBN, Δ9-THC, Δ8-THC, CBC, and THCA-A.


The LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry) is used to test for pesticides in samples. The combination of liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry represents a powerful analytical tool for compound identification and quantification.

Residual Solvents

In most processes of Cannabis extraction, some percentage of solvents remain in the final product. GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) is used to detect and quantitate residual solvents, such as ethanol, benzene, or pentane.

Terpene Analysis

Like other aromatic plants, Cannabis plants contain many terpenes that give the plants their unique aroma. The GC-MS is used to identify and quantitate common cannabis terpenes, such as alpha- and beta-pinene, myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene.

Microbial Testing

There are two approaches to microbial testing: Agar Plate testing and PCR Microarray. Agar plate testing is the traditional method of detecting microbial content by using the streak method. PCR Microarray is an extremely specific test for identifying microbes in a sample using DNA replication technology that tags specific microbial species. The PCR Pathogen DX method utilizes fluorescent tagging to identify these species present in a sample.

Moisture and Water Activity

Moisture and water activity are tests required by the state of Utah on Cannabis flowers. Moisture refers to how much is water in the sample, in the cells, or on the sample. It is measured by the percentage of weight on an Infrared Moisture Analyzer. Water Activity identifies how much water is available to microbial organisms. It is measured on a scale of 0-1. Microbial growth can occur after 0.65. This test is performed using the Chilled Mirror Dew-Point method.

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Cannabinoids 101

Cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants.

Cannabinoids vs. Cannabimimetic Compounds

Cannabinoids are compounds found primarily in the cannabis plant that are able to affect components of the endocannabinoid system

The EndoCannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an innate system that resides inside all mammals which helps regulate physiological and cognitive proces

Adulteration in the Hemp and Cannabis Markets

What is Adulteration? There are many forms of adulteration and contamination that involve natural and artificial sources of hazardous...

A Beginner’s Guide to All Things Cannabis

The recent legalization of adult-use and medicinal cannabis in various states, as well as the federal legalization of hemp, has...

Different Cultivation Methods of Cannabis

It is theorized that the cannabis plant was domesticated by our ancestors thousands of years ago. From its origins in Central Asia and...

Cannabis Anatomy- Why the Plant Differentiation

Cannabis sativa is dioecious, meaning there are separate plants for each sex. In certain crops, cultivators desire particular plants. For...

Cannabis Terpenes: The Nose Knows

Terpenes, volatile compounds regarded as essential oils from a plant, have been a buzzword for the cannabis industry for some time now....

The Importance of Drying in the CBD Hemp Industry

From the Field to the Market The final steps in the growing process include harvesting and drying. This is the most crucial aspect for a...

The Importance of Lab Testing in Cannabis and Cannabis Products

Cannabis has finally managed to make it to the mainstream. It went from being an illegal substance to now being an accepted medical...

The many uses of Cannabis sativa

Plants are the ultimate alchemical beings as they can transform sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into their source of food ...


A playlist of our Cannabis video content. It ranges from informational pieces to stories.


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APRC® engages with a diverse group of clients with a variety of backgrounds and needs. We are committed to providing a wide range of aromatic plant product analyses in addition to producing top-notch research and developing new technologies.

We look forward to sharing our groundbreaking discoveries as we progress in our mission to produce uncompromising research, analysis, and testing services to the broader essential oil, extracts, and products produced from aromatic plants from around the world.

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Aromatic Plant Research Center (APRC) is a state-of-the-art laboratory that utilizes a variety of methods to detect adulteration and confirm the purity of natural products. Our executive advisory board is internationally renowned for quality control testing and expertise within the aromatic plant industry.

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