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Part 1: The Vital Role of Proficiency Testing in the Cannabis Industry

We’ve Come A Long Way In today’s cannabis quality assurance testing facilities we see multimillion-dollar laboratories outfitted with full suites of instrumentation, often in replicate. Manufacturers and suppliers are developing methods and SOPs to support quality science within the industry. However, this hasn’t always been the case, in the early days of testing there were labs with little more than a gas chromatograph in a

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Complexities of Designing to Meet Classification Standards

When it comes to extraction and using volatile, flammable solvents, several safety and usage codes come into play. The purpose of these codes is to protect the property, the equipment, and most importantly the lives of the people working daily with these solvents and the equipment associated with them.  You’ve likely heard of C1D1 and C1D12 ratings, but what’s the difference? C1D1 (Classification 1, Division

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Good Lab Practices and Tips From The Pros

Tight budgets and time constraints often lead to simple oversights in the lab, impacting the quality of your analyses. Many chromatography challenges can be traced back to human error, poor maintenance, or a lack of proper training. Here are a few tips on good laboratory practices to consider for more accurate testing results: Tip 1: Improve Precision and Accuracy by Using Internal Standards When used

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Hazardous Waste 101: A Primer for the Cannabis Industry

What is Hazardous Waste? Hazardous waste is a waste with properties that make it potentially dangerous or harmful to human health or the environment. They can be the by-products of manufacturing processes, discarded used materials, or discarded unused commercial products, such as cleaning fluids (solvents) or pesticides. In regulatory terms, a hazardous waste is a waste that appears on one of the four RCRA (Resource

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The Importance of Residual Solvent Testing in Cannabis Products

Residual solvent testing is important in non-medicated food types, but is especially pertinent to the safety of cannabis products. All processed product types must be tested for residual solvents. This test is required for pre-rolled products, concentrates, beverages, infused oils, food products and other similar matrix types. Overall, we must test anything that is not flower material only. This is because the concentrates used to

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Pesticide Analysis Identification Criteria: Remember That Thing Called Retention Time?

Setting analyte identification parameters is important and will play a large role in just about everything else especially determination of limit of detection, limit of quantitation and false positive/false negative rates. This seems straightforward because, of course, you must be able to identify your pesticides. Although parameters include retention time matching and mass spectral data, setting the actual criteria for your parameters will allow you

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