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CANNABIS TESTING

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

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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

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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.




Pesticides


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.





Our Experience

Total Cannabis Samples Tested at our lab

5,000+

Number of Different Tests we can do

10

Average turnaround of results after we receive the sample

4

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Current Events

Stay up to day with our bi-monthly 'Friday Five' where we will run through the latest news and information about Cannabis in the industry.

Blog Posts

Cannabis Processing: Cultivation to Consumer

In this third rendition of Cannabis Education by APRC we show one form of cannabis process: from cultivating to store shelf.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

In this second rendition of Cannabis Education by APRC we talk about the endocannabinoid system and the entourage effect.

The Importance of Cannabis Testing

Proper testing is essential. Without testing, Cannabis products pose several issues that the consumer should be aware of.

The many uses of Cannabis sativa

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Flavonoids

A flavonoid is a plant constituent with a polyphenolic (compounds containing numerous phenol groups) structure that contains fifteen carbon

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Media

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

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