HAVE ALL THE SOLVENTS BEEN REMOVED?

 

Consumer safety is our number one concern. There are dozens of different types of cannabis products, and a number of them require using some type of processing solvent during production. In general, the processing chemicals used to make most cannabis products are harmful when ingested or inhaled. Residual Solvent screening is the only way to ensure that every one of these products is safe for public use. This type of testing is mandated by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and is seen in all major consumer product industries ranging from medicine to candy.

 

Certified Testing:

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The 2018 California Cannabis Regulations require testing for trace solvents. The testing requirements have been phased in over 2018. If you would like a more detailed description of this process, check out our 2018 CA Testing Regulations page.

 

The first phase of testing required the analysis of Category II residual solvents, listed below.

 

Category II Residual Solvents

 

Acetone, Acetonitrile, Butane, Ethanol, Ethyl acetate, Ethyl ether, Heptane, Hexane, Isopropyl alcohol, Methanol, Pentane, Propane, Toluene, and Total xylenes (ortho-, meta-, para-).

 

The second phase of testing required the analysis of Category I residual solvents, listed below

 

Category I Residual Solvents

 

1,2 Dichloroethane, Benzene, Chloroform, Ethylene Oxide, Methylene Chloride, and Trichloroethylene.

 

 

Research and Development Testing:

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WE CURRENTLY OFFER A STANDARD R&D TEST FOR 18 RESIDUAL SOLVENTS:

  • benzene
  • chloroform
  • dichloroethane
  • hexane
  • trichloroethylene
  • acetone
  • acetonitrile
  • butane
  • ethanol
  • ethyl ether
  • ethyl acetate
  • heptane
  • isopropanol
  • methanol
  • DCM
  • pentane
  • toluene
  • xylenes

All R&D results are unofficial. For information on certified testing please call the lab at 858-623-2740

 

FOR A PREMIUM TEST WE CAN ALSO QUANTITATE 5 COMMON GASES.

 

  • n-Butane
  • Isobutane
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Propane
  • neo-Pentane

IF THERE ARE OTHER SOLVENTS YOU WISH TO TEST FOR THAT ARE NOT ON EITHER LIST PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE CAN START A CUSTOM ANALYSIS FOR YOU TODAY.

 

We currently follow activity levels based on the 2018 California Cannabis Regulations. To view these, visit our 2018 CA Testing Regulations page.

 

We use a GC-FID method to quantify residual solvents, we need 1 gram of sample for the test.

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