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Potency Testing

The Cannabis Analyzer for Potency captures the spirit of an Analyzer – a comprehensive package integrating instrument hardware, software, consumables, and analytical workflow. Includes a certified reference material (CRM) mixture of target compounds. Also includes a service package to cover preventive maintenance and warranty for three years, plus free technical support for the life of the product. The solution is ready to use after one day of installation and testing, and requires no time-consuming method development on the part of the analyst.

High Throughput HPLC Method Package
High Throughput HPLC Method Package

Designed for analysis of the 10 most commonly requested cannabinoids in under 8 minutes. This is the original method developed by Shimadzu in collaboration with industry laboratories. (Does not include THCV.)

High Sensitivity HPLC Method Package
High Sensitivity HPLC Method Package

Adds THCV to the target analyte list, with an instrument cycle time of under 10 minutes. The short analysis time produces the sharpest chromatographic peaks for the best overall sensitivity.

High Resolution HPLC Method Package
High Resolution HPLC Method Package

Presents full baseline resolution for all 11 compounds and an analysis time under 30 minutes. This method is preferred for research purposes, or when additional compounds must be added to the analysis in response to new state regulatory requirements.

Terpene Profiling

Terpenes are produced in trichromes (where THC is produced) and give cannabis its distinctive flavor and aroma. Terpenes also act as essential, medicinal hydrocarbon building blocks, influencing the overall homeopathic effect. From the pine odor of pinene to the citrus-like smell of limonene, the characterization of terpenes and their synergistic effect with cannabinoids is easily achieved using Shimadzu gas chromatography.

The Shimadzu GCMS-QP2020 NX with Head Space Sampler and NIST spectral library is the ultimate platform for terpene analysis. It easily identifies more than 3,000 flavor and fragrance compounds to meet your terpene profiling needs.

Pesticide Screening

Pesticides are used in commercial cannabis grow operations to kill insects and spiders that thrive on cannabis plants. Pesticides are carcinogenic and mutagenic, causing serious harm to cannabis consumers, especially immuno-compromised medicinal cannabis users. Shimadzu offers the most sensitive and comprehensive pesticide screening and confirmation available utilizing Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS).

Offering excellent sensitivity and throughput, the ultra-low detection limits provided by Shimadzu LC-MS make this technique ideal for the analysis of pesticides commonly employed during cannabis cultivation.

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Residual Solvents

Residual solvents are leftover chemicals from the process used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. The solvents are evaporated to prepare high-concentration oils and waxes. Sometimes, the evaporation process does not remove all of the solvent. Since these solvents are not safe for human consumption, it is important to verify their absence so you can guarantee you are providing a safe, chemical-free product.

The Shimadzu GC-2030 with headspace unit enables rapid identification and quantitation of very low concentrations of residual solvents.

Heavy Metal Testing

Metals can be found in soil and fertilizer. As cannabis plants grow, they take up metals from the soil. ‘Heavy metals’ are a group of metals considered to be toxic and include lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Laboratory testing helps to ensure that your products are free from toxic concentrations of these hazardous metals.

There are several ways to determine trace metals in plant material, all requiring a preliminary acid digestion. Ultrasonic Nebulizer Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (USN-ICP-OES) or Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) methods are capable of rapidly analyzing all heavy metals. State requirements will determine which instrument you need. USN-ICP-AES is the easiest to use, while ICP-MS is the most sensitive.

Moisture Content & Precision Weighing

Moisture can be extremely detrimental to the quality of stored cannabis products. Dried cannabis typically has a moisture content of 10-12%. A moisture content above 12% is prone to mold growth.

The moisture content of a variety of cannabis samples can be measured using Shimadzu MOC63u (and MOC-120H) balances. The MOC63u is applicable to a variety of cannabis products and its’ long-life and high-power halogen heater provides quick and accurate measurement.

We offer a complete line of balances, from top-loading to analytical.

Mycotoxins Analysis

Since cannabis has a high moisture content, long term storage of the material can allow for fungal growth known as mold. Mycotoxins are a toxic secondary metabolite of mold. Aflatoxins are a subset of mycotoxins which are found in soils and decaying vegetation. Regulatory bodies have placed restrictions on the allowable limits present in food.

An LCMS-8050 offers the cannabis lab the ability to rapidly test for mycotoxins achieving the ultralow levels of detection needed.

Hemp Analysis

A complete turnkey HPLC analyzer for quantitative determination of cannabinoid content in hemp.

The package is designed for hemp analysis through quantitation of the active cannabinoid constituents. It includes all required hardware, software, consumables, and analysis workflow so the analyst is running samples in the shortest possible time.

3 Methods to Choose From:

High Throughput Method

When high sample throughput is paramount – 60 samples per 8 hr. day. Quantitative for 10 cannabinoids (no THCV) in under 8 minutes. Developed in collaboration with commercial testing laboratories.

HPLC-017–Learn more in this application news about the High Throughput Method

High Sensitivity Method

When THCV is important, yet with good sample throughput – 48 samples per 8 hr. day. Quantitative for 11 cannabinoids (including THCV) in under 10 minutes. The method provides the sharpest chromatographic peaks and best sensitivity.

HPLC-016-Learn more in this application news about the High Sensitivity Method

High Resolution Method

For baseline separation of 11+ components, including THCV. Minimum Resolution = 2.0. 16 samples per 8 hr. day. This is the preferred method when performing research, adding additional compounds, or state regulations change.

HPLC-015–Learn more in this application news about the High Resolution Method

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