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CBD (Cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive component found in both cannabis and hemp plants. CBD can be in the form of  Distillate, Isolate and crude oil. CBD is then formulated into a wide-range of finished consumer products such as tinctures, salves, topicals, vapes, gel caps, water, beauty products and even smokable hemp. CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC by weight in order to be considered legal or compliant. This is where the potency or label test becomes the most important.

ACS Laboratory is located just South of Tampa, FL at 

ACS Laboratory

721 Cortaro Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33575

Please click the “Start Testing” Button or fill out the form on our website and one of our account specialists will reach out to you ASAP to get you any and all information and forms needed to set up an account with ACS Laboratory and submit samples to us.

Standard turnaround time for ACS Laboratory is 2-5 business days, with an option to expedite your results and receive your Certificate of Analysis’ (COA’s) in 2-3 days. Please inquire about expediting your samples with your ACS Account Representative. If you do not have one yet, please call 813-634-4529

ACS Laboratory offers a comprehensive array of test panels from Potency Testing, Heavy Metals and Pesticides  to specialized tests such as Flavonoids and Plant Regulators. 

Test Panels: Potency Testing (16 cannabinoids)

Pesticide Testing (57 analytes)

Residual Solvent Testing (11 analytes)

Microbiology Testing (ACS Laboratory has FIVE different Microbiology panels to choose from in order to suit your needs: Microarray, PCR Pathogenic, Total Bacterial Count, Standard Petrifilm and Listeria.

Mycotoxins (5 analytes)

Heavy Metals (4 analytes)

Terpenes (25 analytes)

Flavonoids

Micronutrients

Moisture Activity

Water Activity

Plant Regulators

Filth and Foreign Material

Vitamin E Acetate (*ONLY FOR VAPES)

Custom R&D Development (Inquire)

Custom Method Development (Inquire)

For THC testing for licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers in the State of Florida, we can test ANY product on the shelf such as whole smokeable flower and pre-rolls, topicals and tinctures, vape pens, transdermal patches, and many more.

For CBD products we can test ANY type of product from tinctures to bath bombs, we even have the ability to test for NANO capabilities in specialized products such as nano drinks and tinctures. We can test any type of CBD or hemp extracted finished product, we just ask that you send a finished product to us so we can give you the most accurate representation of your finished product fill weight.

For Hemp Farmers and plants we can test anything from SOIL TO OIL.  We can do elemental analysis of the soil for contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, micronutrients, and more. We can test Biomass, hemp plant material and hemp/CBD buds.

For CBD products we can test ANY type of product from tinctures to bath bombs (If you would like!), we even have the ability to test for NANO capabilities in specialized products such as nano drinks and tinctures. We can test any type of CBD or hemp extracted finished product, we just ask that you send a finished product to us so we can give you the most accurate representation of your finished product fill weight.

For Hemp Farmers and plants we can test anything from SOIL TO OIL.  we can do elemental analysis of the soil for contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, micronutrients, and more. We can test Biomass, hemp plant material and hemp/CBD buds.

R&D Testing different from ‘compliance’ testing as R&D is considered ‘un-reportable’ in which companies test their products in raw material form, pre-packaging or pre-harvest to get a greater insight into the levels in their ingredients and products. R&D Testing also can be research and development of new technology, formulations, and methodology in order to advance products and testing standards in the marketplace. For example, testing your oil’s throughout the production stage to understand at which point contaminants, solvents, or any other potential harmful substances may be coming into contact with your materials. 

Compliance Testing  has become increasingly more strict and necessary recently as States are requiring companies to test their finished products for potency (label verification) as well as contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, mycotoxins, microbiology such as mold, mildew, E-Coli, salmonella, aspergillus, total yeast and mold, and more. Compliance tests typically include water activity and filth and foreign materials visual inspection as well. 

For Industrial hemp and CBD products,  compliance tests are regulated State by State and have a common verbiage of the need for the THC level to be <0.3%. State compliance tests are sent back to the State governing board to ensure full transparency.

FL MMTC’s need to sign off on a chain of custody form to be able to drop off samples to our laboratory or give them to our courier driver at your location. 

Hemp & CBD clients can send NATIONWIDE via USPS, Fedex or UPS direct to our laboratory location just south of Tampa, FL, we just ask that you fill out the New Client Form & Order form properly, sign off and provide this to us with your samples either electronically or in-box with the samples.

We provide FREE NATIONWIDE UPS pick-ups for Hemp & CBD clients, we just ask that it not be for one sample as ACS Laboratory incurs the shipping cost, PLEASE INQUIRE ABOUT THIS, CALL US! 

Lab Address:

ACS Laboratory

721 Cortaro Dr.

Sun City Center, FL 33573

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Couriers can be arranged STATE-WIDE in Florida for Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers at NO charge to you. We can be there as many days a week as needed to suit your needs.

For CBD & Hemp clients we ask that you please provide a minimum of 5 (five) samples and we can arrange a courier service for you no problem.

You will receive your results in 2-5 business days via E-Mail to the addresses on file. You will receive your Certificate of Analysis in PDF form with a unique identifying QR code on each report. This QR code is hosted on ACS Laboratory servers for maximum transparency to the client and end consumer as it cannot be altered in this format.

This QR code can be used on your labels to be scanned, pulling up the PDF COA on our servers from product labels.

This is more common than expected as many farmers are new to this industry. For each individual hemp plant variety, ACS Laboratory recommends following the most common advice in the industry: test your hemp crop every week once the flower phase begins.

We also have the ability to do Pre-harvesting Soil/elemental analysis and pre-harvest R+D testing. Soil to Oil: ACS Laboratory meets and exceeds ALL testing needs. Keep in mind that hemp is an extremely sensitive plant, and compounds within the plant can react in unpredictable ways to your soil, crop maintenance , weather and other variables. To protect your crop and yourself, testing provides the insight needed.

President Donald Trump’s signature on the 2018 Farm Bill ended Hemp prohibition as we know it. Hemp is now considered agricultural  commodity such as corn, lettuce

Please refer to our Farm Bill blog for information regarding the changes in legality regarding CBD and Hemp. Please also refer to the USPS Master Postman letter 

https://acslabcannabis.com/blog/education/what-does-the-2018-farm-bill-mean-for-cbd-companies-2/

Labeling is the final piece of the puzzle. As stated above, Unique QR Codes are provided with each and every report to enable full transparency.

Please feel free to reach out to ANY of our ACS Laboratory customer service/account managers who would be more than happy to review your results and answer any questions you may have.

 

ACS Laboratory prides ourselves on our in-house method development and continues to push the industry standards for compliance testing and ensuring product safety. ACS Laboratory has shown this by developing methods for testing Round-up (Glyphosate), Vitamin E Acetate for vapes, and soil & elemental analysis inclusive of pesticides, heavy metals, micronutrients, plant regulators. 

Please inquire about our R&D opportunities and method development for any outstanding testing needs you may have. 

Full Spectrum Hemp and CBD raw materials & products contain more cannabinoids and other natural compounds, while CBD isolate is solely the CBD cannabinoid without any others. Full Spectrum CBD oil products have the advantage of containing many different cannabinoids and terpenes.