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Chemistry Testing

ECL Testing continues to be a leader in the cannabis testing industry. Our laboratory analyzes and measures the potency and safety of all cannabinoid infused products and medicines. We use a variety of techniques and qualified methodologies on instrumentation to certify your cannabinoid and terpene profiles, as well as providing residual solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides analysis. Our team also provides additional testing for moisture content and water activity analysis.

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    There is only one way to know for sure what dosage is right for you and that is through proper testing. By profiling the cannabinoids and their weight percentages using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) you will know what type of affects you will get from the medicine and, most importantly, the proper dosage you will need to consume. The most common cannabinoids we test for are THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, and CBN although we can detect and quantify many others.

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    Hydrocarbons are some of the most efficient extraction solvents available.The FDA has affirmed some of them as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) when used properly. These chemical solvents are now being used more than ever to produce cannabis concentrates. Headspace chromatography equipped with flame ionization detector (HS-GC/FID) is used to analyze and quantify residual amounts of solvents left after extraction.

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    By analyzing the floral terpenes through (HS-GC/FID), ECL Testing is able to obtain your plant’s “floral signature”, which is uniquely different from all other cannabis plants. ECL currently analyzes 26 of the most common terpenes found in cannabis.

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Microbiology Testing
Whether your goal is to detect spoilage bacteria and harmful microorganisms such as pathogens in your medicine or to incorporate a preventative action plan for controlling troublesome bacteria in your manufacturing facility, we have your back. ECL Testing offers routine microbiology testing and monitoring programs to support your needs. We go the extra mile, incorporating "triplicate testing" to further decrease any chance of a false positive or false negative result. With results within 3-5 business days you will be able to release product faster and safer to the market and patients in need.
    Consumer trends continue to lean towards an edible-infused market. ECL can support your edible testing needs with routine food microbiology testing services offered. Utilizing state-of-the-art DNA-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR), ECL is able to target and detect specific pathogenic organisms, rather than groups that may include non-targeted organisms that do no pose a risk, despite their ability to be cultured. By detecting DNA instead of waiting for organisms to grow, we provide much faster results with minimal risk of a false positive or negative compared to the high risk with plating.

    Our air monitoring program will detect any spore forming molds that may be present in your facility, which further reduces the risk for product contamination.

    Shelf life testing services are offered to ensure your product does not spoil while in the hands of patients and also providing your package with an expiration date.

  • Environmental Swabbing Programs
    ECL provides swabbing programs to ensure your manufacturing facility and food contact surfaces are not contaminated with mold and bacteria. We also provide a Corrective Action Plan for Management and Production teams to prevent reoccuring issues in your facility that cost time and money.

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Heavy Metals 

ECL Testing employs inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) to detect heavy metals (As, Cd, Hg, and Pb) as required by state law. There are many other instruments that can test for heavy metals, and we have used at least two of them, but in order to consistently analyze samples at the very low detection limits imposed by the state of Rhode Island and most states around the country, the ICP-MS must be used. Prior to detection using ICP-MS, cannabis and cannabis products go through a microwave acid digestion sample preparation process.  

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Pesticide Analysis

Some think the inhalation of pesticides is linked to health problems, such as respiratory issues and Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). Some consumers believe that CHS can be caused by azadirachtin, the active ingredient in neem oil, a commonly used organic pesticide. On the other hand, myclobutanil is a common pesticide often used to keep fungi from growing on grapes that has been adopted by cannabis growers; however, burning or vaping this pesticides converts it into hydrogen cyanide! ECL Testing utilizes Liquid Chromatography with Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) with precise and validated methods to detect and quantify all pesticides required by state law with analytical precision.  

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