Trust Modern Canna Science in Florida to accurately test cannabis extracts for THC levels and more. Medical marijuana products include waxes, oils, BHO. Did you know some producers sell products without CBD? Find out if the hemp oil you bought contains actual CBD, with our CBD Test Purple detection kit.
Testing THC Levels in Oil & Extracts
As medical cannabis becomes a more popular treatment across the country, it is crucial that marijuana products dispensed under orders of physicians are of high quality and without harmful effects.
For maximum effectiveness, many patients now seek out more highly concentrated marijuana products like hash oil, hemp oil, and wax. Not only is the THC content in these products important, but the extraction processes can leave behind trace chemicals that can be harmful to the patient’s health. Besides testing THC levels, it is important to test for impurities like residual solvents.
There are various ways to test THC levels. Modern Canna Science prides itself on accurate testing to ensure that medical marijuana patients receive treatment that meets potency and safety expectations.
Why test cannabis extracts for THC and impurities?
The THC levels and profile in medical marijuana products can affect the medicinal benefits. For example, some cannabinoids are recognized to have anti-microbial and anti-convulsive effects. Patients and physicians need to be able to rely on these products to deliver the expected effects.
The hidden danger in many concentrated THC products is that they are produced with the help of solvents to separate the cannabinoids and terpenoids from the remaining plant matter. When these solvents are not effectively purged, the remaining impurities can present health risks.
Methods for testing THC
Modern Canna Science’s in-house laboratory is outfitted with state of the art equipment in order to provide accurate and reliable analysis of medical marijuana and low-THC cannabis products.
Our methods are tailored to the needs of the client and the type of product to be tested. Some of the options include, but are not limited to:
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) – HPLC allows separation, identification, and analysis of the components in a mixture. We use it to quantify the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), and several other cannabinoid concentrations in a sample of cannabis or a cannabis-derived product.
- Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid Chromatography (LC) – Chromatography methods allow separation of small molecules, proteins, or nucleic acids. GC uses the different boiling points of molecules as the means of separation. LC relies upon the way molecules interact with chromatography medium as a means of separation.
Components separated by GC or LC may by analyzed by the most appropriate method, which can include:
- Mass Spectrometry – Mass spectrometry allows mass analysis of the components through the use of deflection by magnetic fields.
- Electron Capture Detector -ECD is sensitive to organic compounds. It operates by using a gas like nitrogen to capture compounds in the output of a GC separation.
- Inductively Coupled Plasma – ICP uses a high temperature source to convert the atoms of elements in the sample into ions so they can be separated and detected via mass spectrometry. ICP is an effective method to detect and measure even trace amounts of heavy metals.
- Microbial Analysis – Employs methods to detect unwanted compounds such as choliforms, yeast, mold, EColi, Total Plate Count (TPC), and more.
How to test the THC levels in oil
HLPC can be an effective method to test the THC level in oil. If the oil is of a thick consistency, the viscosity may need to be reduced with the addition of isopropyl alcohol before a solvent extraction can be used and the analysis is performed.
How to test THC levels in BHO?
Butane has oil, also known as BHO, that can be analyzed in manner similar to other oils.
A primary concern in BHO production is the level of impurities. In the production of BHO, butane is used to remove the cannabinoids from a plant, leaving behind a liquid butane and cannabinoid mix. The evaporation process then used to remove the impure butane in crucial in order leave behind pure cannabinoid oil. When the removal of butane from the hash oil is poor, it can contaminate the product and be harmful for the user.
How to test THC levels in wax
Waxes and butters have gained popularity as delivery methods for medicinal marijuana. As in the case of oils, the product must be adjusted for viscosity and reduced by a solvent in order to perform THC analysis.
Choosing the right THC analysis method
Whether you are producing or dispensing buds or a derivative product like cannabis oil, it is important to choose the right analytical testing method. The procedures for testing raw flower are not going to be the right method for testing cannabis THC oil content. For example, the GC method of extraction uses high heat that can convert some of the molecules in a sample. This is appropriate and expected for some types of samples but it will lead to an inaccurate reading of other types of samples.
Our expert lab technicians perform comprehensive tests on your medical cannabis, evaluating moisture content, pesticide levels, heavy metals content and more. To ensure your testing method is accurate and suited to your product, choose a knowledgeable medical marijuana testing lab. Modern Canna Science is dedicated to ensuring Florida’s medical marijuana meets patient and physician expectations and abides by strict quality assurance and control methods.
Test your CBD oil at home to know if it really contains Cannabidiol
The world of CBD is comparable to the wild west. With a great lack of regulations and no obligatory testing, it is extremely easy to launch any CBD product onto the market and offer it to the masses. Especially on the internet, numerous new brands emerged over the past few years – all claiming to offer ‘the best CBD oil’. Though some researchers recently discovered that not all CBD products on the market actually contain Cannabidiol! Outraged, we decided to develop a CBD detection liquid for home use. So you can test your CBD product to see if it actually contains what you paid for – fair and square!
No CBD in CBD oil?
It’s almost unbelievable, but it’s true. Recently, Dutch researchers purchased a number of different CBD oil products from various brands – both in physical stores and online. Their goal was to analyze the products for their contents; to see if the CBD oil actually contains CBD – and if the product is free from pesticides, heavy metals and other unwanted components. Obviously, that is not something you want in your CBD oil.
What you DO want in your CBD oil though, is Cannabidiol. The most important substance in the product, which actually gives CBD oil its name. For those who don’t know, Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural component from the hemp plant – which is known for its positive effect on the body and mind. This is thanks to the interaction CBD has with our body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). But without CBD in your hemp oil, you can obviously forget about all the positive effects it could possibly offer. So, how can you be sure that the CBD oil you bought actually contains the plant’s substance?
Test CBD in CBD oil
To guarantee that your CBD oil actually contains Cannabidiol, there is only one thing you can do. And that is to test it. As not all companies are as fair as Dutch Natural Healing – considering we do everything we can to ensure our CBD products contain the exact amount of CBD we advertise them with. We do that by registering every move we make in neatly kept production logs, for example. After we’ve carefully tested our starting material for its contents and any unwanted ingredients. One of our many quality control processes, to guarantee our customers get a clean, fair and highly effective CBD product.
Though some companies do not care that much for the quality of their products, but rather focus on profit margins. The result? CBD oil with less CBD than you paid for or hemp oil with no CBD at all. Shocking, but true. Luckily, we will not let you sit in the dark and wonder what products do or do not contain CBD. As we’ve developed a CBD Detection kit with testing liquid for you to use at home, and check your hemp oil product for CBD yourself. But how does this CBD test work?
CBD Test Purple
Testing your CBD oil at home is easy, with our unique CBD Test Purple detection liquid. Available in a disposable and cheap one-use pipette or a glass bottle with enough detection liquid for 100 tests, our CBD Test Purple will tell you if (and approximately how much) CBD is in your product. And all you need is a white sheet of paper to use it and a sample to test, quick and easy.
To test your CBD oil (or other CBD product, like CBD cream or even a topical patch) place a sample of it on a white sheet of paper. For example, you can use a simple A4 or a sheet of toilet paper. Then drop a few drops of CBD Test Purple detection liquid on top of the sample and let it rest for a few seconds. After around 20-30 seconds, you could see the first color chance happening. As the liquid will turn purple with the presence of CBD. Hence the name of the detection kit, ‘CBD Test Purple’.
To know how concentrated your CBD product approximately is, you can use the color swatch above. Note, this is only an indication and no rights can be derived from this image. Curious to see if your CBD oil contains any CBD at all? Check it with CBD Test Purple: