Setting the Standard For Product Testing
Cannabis Sativa L. (Hemp), contains over 100 different compounds that are commonly referred to as cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds produced by cannabis plants and the subject of many research studies aimed at identifying their therapeutic and pharmacological benefits of CBD.
The most abundant cannabinoid in hemp is Cannabidiol (CBD). It is required that -- with industrial hemp, the THC cannabinoid must be below 0.3 percent.
Terpenes naturally occur in the cannabis plant and give cannabis its distinctive flavor and aroma. Hemp produces a vast array of terpenophenolic compounds that also act as essential, medicinal hydrocarbon building blocks, determining the overall therapeutic effects.
Micro Quality Laboratories uses a fully validated gas chromatography (GC) methodology, enabling us to provide an accurate report of 21 terpenes.
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Residual solvents are residue that may be left over from the process used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is commonly used to make hemp extracts, though this method can leave flavonoids and other interesting (water-soluble) compounds behind.
Solvents allowed for the processing of food stuffs are used when the acid compounds and cannabinoids are extracted from the plant material.
However, the types of solvent and amount of residue considered safe are clearly defined and tightly regulated. It is required that you verify their absence to guarantee you are providing a safe, chemical-free product.
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Mycotoxins are contaminants that naturally occur in molds and fungi, which decompose organic matter. You can find molds that contain mycotoxin in a variety of crops such as nuts, spices, apples and coffee beans. You can also find mycotoxins in cannabis or hemp and its derivative products.
Mycotoxins are harmful to humans, so you want to verify that your products are safe for use. Regardless of how carefully you produce and store your hemp, you can never be sure that your product is safe until you test with an accredited laboratory such as Micro Quality Labs.
For hemp products, we recommend testing
Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and Ochratoxin A.
Micro Quality Laboratories uses highly sensitive
and specific methodology utilization UHPLC-MS/MS
to produce accurate and reliable results.
"Moisture Content" is the percentage of water in a dry sample, by weight.
Measuring the water activity in a cannabis product is an important way to see how vulnerable the product is to microbial contamination.
The higher the measured water activity is in a product, the more freely water can be used by microbes as a food source and become prone to mold growth. Results must be below 0.65% aw.
Pesticide and Fungicide analysis utilizing
HPLC-Mass Spectometry and GC-Mass Spectometry.
This test shows how pure or contaminated your hemp is.
Pesticide Residue tolerance requirements are set by U.S. EPA for each
pesticide on each food crop and are the amount of pesticide residue allowed
to remain in or on a treated crop with "reasonable certainty of no harm".
Some pesticides are exempt from the tolerance requirement went they are
found to be minimal risk. Active ingredients exempt from registration
requirements are mostly food-grade essential oils such as
peppermint oil or rosemary oil. In California, some pesticide products
are never allowed in cannabis cultivation under any circumstances.
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Similar conditions for growth of hemp are also ideal for the germination of microorganisms and bacteria. If hemp is not tested properly, it may contain contaminants that are harmful for human consumption. These contaminants can lead to serious illness and health complications. MQL tests for the following microorganisms:
|USP 61 & USP 62|
MQL is the leader in trace metal
analysis. Our laboratories employ
the latest state of the art instrumentation
and verified methods dedicated to providing the robustness and sensitivity needed for low-level detection of trace metals, both for identification
and qualification purposes.
To determine proper storage conditions and verify stability,
Micro Quality Labs conducts realtime and accelerated shelf life stability studies at
3 months, 6 months and 12 months so you can accurately define the life of your product.
This is the number of days that the product remains stable based on recommended storage conditions.
You can be confident that your product will meet or exceed the expected quality standards.