Cannabinoid Potency testing shows the chemical breakdown and exact amounts of THC and CBD present in test samples. Such information is key to determining appropriate therapeutic applications for medical patients, as well as to ensure that no one inadvertently consumes a strain that is too strong, with potentially detrimental side effects. In the case of industrial hemp and CBD-based cosmetics and consumables, testing verifies that the quantity of THC present does not exceed the legal limit.
Terpenes are aromatic compounds, or flavonoids, that contribute to the unique scent and taste of a given strain of cannabis and also play a role in determining the specific physiological responses likely to be produced within the body (the “entourage effect”). Terpene analysis is a necessary adjunct to potency analysis and any research into the therapeutic properties of cannabis and CBD-rich hemp compounds.
Residual Solvents are chemicals such as butane, propane, ethanol, et al. that sometimes remain at the end of the cannabis extraction process. They need to be identified or ruled out through testing since their presence indicates toxicity.
Microbiological and Mycological Screening covers a broad spectrum of harmful pathogens such as bacteria, toxic molds, and fungi that can appear at any given moment in the growing cycle. Being able to confirm their presence or absence ensures that a contaminated product will not be consumed in ignorance.
Moisture Analysis reveals a sample's water content, which is necessary to know, since a plant that is too wet, can act as a host and encourage the growth of harmful bacteria and other dangerous microorganisms.