The below hemp testing measures are used for both biomass/plant products and extracts
What is Included in Potency Analysis?
This hemp testing is used to determine the concentrations of THC and CBD compounds within the product using an HPLC. There are 10 compounds you will receive data on: delta 9-THC, delta 8-THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, CBDV, CBG, CBGA, CBN & CBC.
Why are Cannabinoids tested?
Delta 9-THC is the component used to verify that the industrial hemp product is below the 0.3% level which is mandated under the 2018 Farm Bill. The other components are extracted out in varying forms and levels to sell for consumer products. Pricing for material is generally done off of these concentrations.
What is Included in Pesticide Analysis?
Our industrial hemp lab uses a GCMS & LCMS for the most accurate testing of pesticides. The main standards ran are the Oregon standards which comprise of 59 pesticides. Some of these pesticides include Acephate, Imazalil and Permethrins.
Why are Pesticides tested?
It is crucial to validate products do not have pesticides present over the action limits. Many pesticides are very toxic to humans. The plant can test positive for pesticides through a few avenues: farmers using pesticides on the plants, farmers using pesticides on another crop near the industrial hemp or through the soil from previous years.
What is Included in Heavy Metals Analysis?
This test determines the amount of Heavy Metals that are in a product using an ICPMS machine. The four leading heavy metals tested in industrial hemp labs are Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic and Mercury.
Why are Heavy Metals tested?
Heavy metals can enter a plant and product through various sources. The most common means are through the soil and fertilizer, but can also be transferred from metals that come in contact with the product. Many government entities are mandating testing with the following action limits: Cadmium 0.5 μg/g, Arsenic 1.5 μg/g, Lead 0.5 μg/g and Mercury 3.0 μg/g. These limits are even smaller when the product is respirable.
What is Included in Mycotoxin Analysis?
Our industrial hemp lab tests for the following Mycotoxins using an LCMS: Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2 and Ochratoxin A.
Why are Mycotoxins Tested?
These Mycotoxins are common in many commodities grown including corn, wheat and soybeans. Most standards being formed in the United States for Industrial Hemp are mandating that the levels must be less than 20 Parts Per Billion. Mycotoxins ingested can cause a wide range of negative effects on humans and livestock.
What is Included in Terpenes Analysis?
There are 41 different Terpenes that our industrial hemp lab tests for using the GCMS with headspace injection. These terpenes include, but are not limited to, myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene and limonene.
Why is it tested?
As the Industrial Hemp industry grows, so has the interest in Terpenes. Many say that the Terpenes are what give Industrial Hemp some of it’s healing properties. They are also the compounds that give the plant it’s unique flavor and fragrance. Many businesses are finding ways to differentiate their product with the Terpene profiling.
The below hemp testing measures are used for biomass/plant products
During this hemp testing, the moisture content of industrial hemp biomass/plant material is determined. The moisture content in the plant is important to note due to the vulnerability of the product growing mold over 12%.
The below hemp testing measures are used for processed and extracted hemp
What is Included in Residual Solvents Testing?
The industrial hemp test for residual solvents includes reporting the limits of ethanol, butane, propane and hexane. The GCMS equipment is able to detect and report on small traces of 24 different solvents. The action levels AIT automatically uses are those in Oregon, but we can discuss other standards if needed.
Why are Residual Solvents tested?
Residual Solvents hemp testing is done on Industrial Hemp extracts. To extract the cannabinoids, such as CBD, from the industrial hemp plant, solvents are needed. The test verifies that the solvents have been completely evaporated off of the remaining product.