Medical Cannabis Testing & Certification
Helping Consumers informed decisions ACS Laboratory provides the most accurate qualitative and quantitative testing analyses for our clients in the medical cannabis industry so that they can offer consumption of the best and most reliable products possible. The United States is experiencing a growing trend of legalized and regulated cannabis, accompanied by frequent introduction of new regulations. As a result, contemporary cannabis users are striving to become more knowledgeable about the specific chemical compounds, their quantities, and the various methods of ingestion. By providing certificates of analysis for each sample that is tested, we can ensure that consumers are able to choose their cannabis products in an informed manner.
Testing Delivers Formal Certificates of Analysis
Measures of Cannabis Potency
Identifying and Measuring Terpenes
Many in the cannabis industry have heard about terpenes and the importance of them, but not everyone fully comprehends their relevancy and mechanism of action. Terpenes modulate the cannabinoid experience and account for a majority of the nuances that are felt between different cultivars and samples, as well as provide a majority of the taste and aroma of cannabis. Essentially, they are supplemental to THC breaking through the blood brain barrier by providing variation and subtlety to the cannabis experience. In addition to terpenes, flavonoids also account for a large portion of the flavor profile. Similarly to terpenes, flavonoids exist in a wide variety of plants other than cannabis, and also account for a portion of the flavor and scent that a sample has. In addition, it is thought that they provide modulation to the cannabis experience in a similar manner to terpenes. For more in depth information on terpenes, as well as flavonoids, and what their individual functions are, you can find links to our terpene blogs and flavonoid blogs here.
Additional Medical Cannabis Testing for Safety and Purity
To ensure the safety and purity of Medical Cannabis products, ACS Laboratory offers testing for pesticides (Florida requirement is 68 pesticides), heavy metals required for state compliance, as well as 21 Residual Solvents in extracts. Additional contaminants tested include Hops Variant Testing, moisture content & water activity (an early indicator of mold, it’s important to test for this early), microbiology, micronutrients, mycotoxins, as well as shelf life and stability. We offer a full-panel cannabis and hemp test to our clients, as well. Please note that a “compliance full panel” test does not include terpenes. We recommend testing for terpenes to differentiate your products and steer away from the THC potency obsession that dominates the industry.
ACS Laboratory tests all forms of Medical Cannabis
Formal Certificates of Analysis with QR Codes
Our Accreditations and Compliance Certifications
Our Facilities and Personnel
Florida Pesticide Testing
According to Florida's DOH governing board in statute 381.986, any pesticide used in the production of cannabis flower (medical marijuana) or low-THC cannabis (hemp) must be registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pesticides must be classified as minimum risk, and the ingredients in the pesticide must be exempt from tolerance requirements. Florida law requires that medical marijuana be tested for pesticides. In addition to pesticides, the DOH’s proposed lab certification and testing standards rules state that medical cannabis cannot contain any level of microbes, mycotoxins, agricultural agents, residual solvents, heavy metals, or filth and foreign materials found in an amount that exceeds any of the department’s accepted limitations. At ACS, we analyze medical cannabis in accordance with these rules.