R and D Testing

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Below is the complete set of R&D tests Integrity Testing currently performs.

 

Potency

Integrity Testing quantifies potency content for all the essential cannabinoids using High Performance Liquid Chromatography and multi-wavelength spectral detection. For our cannabis tests we provide results for THCA, D9THC, D8THC, THCV, CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBG, and CBC in mg/g, as well as percentages for each product’s cannabinoid content.

 

Terpene Profile

Integrity Testing uses Gas Chromatography to test for the most commonly found terpenes in cannabis, which include: Alpha Pinene, Camphene, Ocimene 1, beta Myrcene, beta Pinene, 3- Carene, (+) -4- carene, D-Limonene, p-Cymene, Ocimene-2, Eucalyptol, gamma Terpinene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Isopulegol, Geraniol, Caryphyllene, Caryophyllene Oxide, Humulene, Nerolidol, Guaiol, and alpha Bisabolol. Results are reported in mg/g and total percentage.

 

Pesticides

Integrity Testing uses a LC-MS/MS system from AB SCIEX to test for pesticides exceeding the current OMMA regulations.  

 

Residual Solvents

Integrity Testing uses Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry with HeadSpace sampling (GC-MS) to test cannabis products for 20 commonly found Residual Solvents including n-Butane, chloroform, benzene, ether, and ethyl acetate. We also use GC-MS to assess whether the product meets or fails to comply with current OMMA regulations and to ensure all products fall under the "Tolerable Daily Intake” set by the International Program on Chemical Safety.

Microbials

Using the latest qPCR technology from PathogenDX, Integrity Testing Labs tests for Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli, Salmonella spp. and the pathogenic Aspergillus species A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, and A. terreus. Results (Pass/Not Pass) are based on OMMA and FDA guidelines. In addition, we test or Yeasts and Mold Counts, Total Coliform Counts and Enterobacteriaceae (E. Coli). Results (Pass/Not Pass) are based on the AHPA and other industry specific guidelines.

 

Heavy Metals

Integrity Testing utilizes an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer to test for four heavy metals in cannabis products: Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium and Mercury. Our instrument allows us to accurately measure the levels of these harmful heavy metals down to parts per trillion, which is several orders of magnitude lower than current regulations. Results are generated in compliance with OMMA regulations.

 

Mycotoxins

Integrity Testing analyzes five mycotoxins using Electro Spray Ionization LC-MS/MS: Ochratoxin A, Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1 and G2. Cannabis products are tested to see whether they meet or exceed OMMA action levels.  

 

Water Activity and Moisture Content

Integrity Testing uses a Rotronic Hygrolab water activity meter to detect environments within cannabis (below 0.65aw) that would be suitable for Yeast, Mold and Bacteria Growth. Moisture content is determined by a dedicated moisture analyzer, producing fast and accurate results.

 

Foreign Material

Integrity Testing conducts a thorough visual inspection for mammal hair, insect matter, dirt, glass and mold to identify foreign material and ensure all samples are clean and free of contaminants.