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The importance of high quality testing services for your cannabis products is more pivotal in today’s market than ever before. That is why some of the best growers and breeders in Canada choose BoutiqueCannabis.ca for their cannabis cannabinoid testing and you should too!
BoutiqueCannabis.ca is and always will be about providing top of the line high-quality services for the Canadian cannabis industry. Being leaders in the industry, setting examples in quality assurance and safety while providing dedicated services to its customers is what’s making BoutiqueCannabis.ca the number one choice for cannabis lab testing services in Canada.
The cannabis testing services offered by BoutiqueCannabis.ca are second to none. Using cutting-edge state-of-the-art technology combined with professional know-how, BoutiqueCannabis.ca brings you the best in canna lab testing services.
Services such as terpene testing, microbiological testing, potency testing, and residual solvent testing are some of the cannabis lab testing services offered.
Terpene testing is an important process that helps in determining the aromatic compounds contained within cannabis. Terpenes play a factoring role in a patient’s ability to medicate properly. The combination of cannabinoids together with Terpenoids create something that is often referred to as the ‘Entourage Effect’. This is not a current requirement in the legal or medical jurisdiction for cannabis distributors in Canada. It is, however, a service that provides exceptional medicinal value to your product.
Terpene testing is performed using Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry also known as GCMS. This technique allows us to quantitate many of the common terpenes and Terpenoids found within cannabis. Some of the most common terpenes that are tested for include alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, d-Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, and Humulene to name a few.
Microbiological testing is performed to analyze cannabis for the threat of fungi or bacteria. Though both are acceptable in small levels, and it does not mean there is growth due to the presence of either of these organisms, it is a good indication of the degree of cleanliness of the herb.
Microbial testing includes general testing for cleanliness which is known as Standard Plate count or SPC, testing to determine Total Yeast and Mold Count (TWMC), specific testing for the presence of bacterias such as Salmonella, E.Coli and S. aureus.
Potency testing provides you with the fundamental foundation of cannabis. Caregivers and dispensary alike can provide their patients with simple dosage and potency information. This information is not only beneficial to patients, but it’s also required by law.
There are two different ways that potency testing can be performed. One is through Gas Chromatography. This method requires that a sample extract of product be heated and converted to a gas state. This process of course decarboxylates the cannabinoids from their acidic form. This however allows for testing of both the acid forms (THCA, CBDA, etc.…) and the neutral forms (THC, CBD, etc.…) of the cannabinoids to be counted. The other method is known as High Performance Liquid Chromatography or HPLC. This technique allows for testing of a liquid extract of the sample product to be tested and no heat conversion occurs. However, it means that only the acidic state of cannabinoids can be counted.
Residual Solvent Testing
Residual solvent testing provides a level of safety for patients in the Canadian cannabis community who enjoy extracted cannabis products. There are several hydrocarbon gases utilized in the production of cannabis extracts. Residual solvents are the leftovers from these hydrocarbon gases that stayed behind. They can be found in shatters, waxes, oils and budders.
Residual solvent testing is done through a technique known as GC-FID which is the recommended technique for residual solvent testing in pharmaceuticals according to the USP 467. Solvent testing looks for propane, isobutene, n-butane, ethanol, acetone, hexane, isopropanol, n-pentane, isopentane, and naphtha along with several other solvents.
In today’s market when a customer makes a cannabis purchase it is not as it was in the past. The customer today does not have to just go on the whim and trust that what they are purchasing is going to be a sound product.
Thanks to the ability to test cannabis for cannabinoid levels, patients today can achieve the effects desired from the medication they seek. For example, some people are looking for cannabis and cannabis products that have a high CBD to THC ratio.
Other individuals are looking for high THC ratios. Some people will want to see the complete balance of cannabinoids. THC, THCa, THCV, CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBC, and CBG levels are the most commonly tested compounds.
A maximum THC count along with a maximum CBD count will be clearly displayed on the label of your cannabis potency report. By having your cannabis products tested you’re not only providing your customers with information allowing them to make an informed decision on their purchase, you’re also representing your product with pride.
Knowing the results of what you are growing and the type of medicine you are offering allows you the unique ability to change certain conditions as needed. This allows you to produce higher or lower levels of cannabinoids in your products.
Contact BoutiqueCannabis.ca today for top of the line cannabis lab testing services in Canada. Documenting your cannabis products potency, terpene content, cleanliness and purity of solvents gives you a better chance for success in the rapidly growing cannabis industry in Canada.