Comprehensive Cannabis Testing
Accurate determination of cannabinoid concentrations in cannabis and CBD samples is one of the important components of cannabis & CBD testing. Coral Reef Labs determines 17 different cannabinoids and quantifies the level to a specific amount. Our Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatographs deliver the highest accuracy that end users can depend on.
Terpenes are produced in trichromes (where THC is produced) and give cannabis its distinctive flavor and aroma. Terpenes also act as essential, medicinal hydrocarbon building blocks, influencing the overall homeopathic effect. From the pine odor of pinene to the citrus-like smell of limonene, the characterization of terpenes and their synergistic effect with cannabinoids is reliably identified in the spectral library terpene analysis to meet terpene profiling needs.
Plants extract from the air, water and soil many elements essential for nutrition and growth. Micronutrients are mineral elements consumed in trace amounts, as compared to macronutrients that are needed in larger amounts, that are essential for robust growth and health. Coral Reef Labs measures the micronutrient levels of cannabis to determine the cannabis plants nutrient balances in the cultivation process to ensure a healthy robust plant.
Cannabis collects heavy metals. It absorbs heavy metals from the soil, water and air. ICPMS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) testing is the gold standard. These toxic elements can be passed from the plant to the consumer and pose serious health risks. Screening for heavy metals assures the end user will have a safe and confident product. Coral Reef Labs can detect heavy metals at a very low level of concentration ensuring safety to the end user.
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 you are providing a safe, chemical-free product.
Pesticides are used in commercial cannabis grow operations to kill insects and spiders that thrive on cannabis plants. Pesticides are carcinogenic and mutagenic, causing serious harm to cannabis consumers, especially immuno-compromised medicinal cannabis users. We offer the most sensitive and comprehensive pesticide screening and confirmation available utilizing Ultra High Performance (UPLC) Liquid Chromatograph-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (MS/MS). Offering excellent sensitivity and throughput, the ultra-low detection limits provided by CRL proprietary methodology make this technique ideal for the analysis of pesticides commonly employed during cannabis cultivation.
Mycotoxins are contaminants that naturally occur in molds and fungi, which decompose organic matter. You can find mycotoxins in cannabis flower and its derivative products such as oils, edibles, tinctures and creams. Your cannabis products are especially at risk for mycotoxins in warm and humid environments. Mycotoxins can be very harmful to humans, especially in cases of long-term exposure so you want to be sure that your products are safe for use.
Cannabis plants need water to grow and thrive and yet your final products must be stripped of most moisture in order to guarantee safety. Over moisturization can occur as a result of overwatering, high humidity or an ineffective curing process. This is especially a risk for plants that grow outside, which are more susceptible to environmental conditions. You’ll need to test your post-harvest cannabis for water activity and moisture content because these are key factors that can indicate risk for microbial contamination.
Flavonoids are phytonutrients most important for plant pigments, flower coloration, taste, smell and overall sensory experience. They are a high level of nutrients and are found in many common foods consumed today. They contribute to growth of cannabis as well as provide other health advantages and an overall sensory experience.
Customers shop for brands whose products they trust. The products should contain high quality ingredients that match the label and are safe to consume. Like all consumable goods, cannabis and hemp quality can degrade over time due to conditions such as temperature, lighting, air and humidity. Through shelf life and stability testing, you can discover how environmental conditions may affect your product’s potency, contamination, color, odor, and moisture.
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