HOW ACCURATE ARE THE RESULTS?
Our methods overcome the challenges of edibles testing and guarantee precision. Before testing edibles for potency, we utilize what’s known as a cryogenic grinder or freezer/mill, where we flash-freeze and pulverize the edible to homogenize it. This method provides consistent, reliable results, and we have the awards to prove it. For the last two years, we have received badges for excellence in edibles potency from the Emerald Test, a nationwide Inter-Laboratory Comparison test.
Edibles Contaminant Testing:
ACS tests for pesticides and contaminants in accordance with the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Hemp Program guidelines as well as the Department of Health guidelines for Medical Cannabis Edibles. We know the most common toxins and the maximum levels that are safe for human consumption. We accurately test all edibles, from gummies and chocolates, to protein bars, cakes and candy.
Am I required by law to test for all of the above contaminants?
According to Florida’s Hemp guidelines, you must test edible products for contaminants, including residual solvents, pesticides, microbial matter, mycotoxins and heavy metals. Glyphosate is not legally required today, but this widely used herbicide made headlines as the primary toxic chemical in Monsanto’s Roundup fertilizer and is an important part of our full panel test. For medical marijuana products, Florida has more stringent safety limits but generally requires the same type of tests.
* Also note, the list of required contaminants and their allowable safety limits will depend on the state you are in.
Safety & Compliance Testing:
Safety & Compliance Testing
ACS tests for pesticides and contaminants in accordance with Florida’s guidelines. These standards encompass the most toxins of any state’s rules and outline the maximum levels of each contaminant that are safe for human consumption. We test hemp and cannabis edibles to identify potential sources of contamination that can compromise human health and prevent your ability to legally sell the product. ACS also exceeds third-party laboratory quality requirements through our ISO 17025, CLIA and DEA accreditations. But we don’t stop there.
At ACS Laboratory, we test hemp products to uncover all the compounds that make up the therapeutic profile of the plant, along with their flavors and fragrances. Beyond THC, we can determine the potency of up to 15 additional cannabinoids like CBD, CBDA, CBN, CBG and THCA. Most importantly, we tailor our testing approach to a particular product on hand.
For edibles, we recommend:
Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds that work with cannabinoids to maximize the overall physiological and therapeutic effects. When brands know what terpenes their products contain along with the corresponding concentration levels, they can educate consumers on the product’s unique benefits.
Flavonoids are responsible for bright, non-green pigments in cannabis that also synergistically produce an array of therapeutic benefits. ACS is one of the only laboratories capable of testing these compounds, which gives brands a key advantage in marketing their products.
Shelf life & stability determines the ideal number of days the product remains stable. While third-party laboratory testing is not legally required, all labels must contain printed expiration dates to indicate how long a product can last before losing potency. Thus, the best way for a manufacturer to determine expiration is to submit samples for shelf life and stability testing.
ACS Advanced Testing Services:
ACS Laboratory is a leading provider of edibles testing and methodologies. Along with results, customers receive the print and digital Certificate of Analysis (COA) with a photo of the product and a QR code as proof that the results are final and accurate.
Why test with ACS?
- We provide accurate results within 3-5 days.
- In 2019 and 2020, we won more Emerald Test Badges than any other laboratory in the Eastern U.S. and ranked in the top 5% in the country.
- Our scientists continuously enhance and develop methods, procedures and protocols.
- Our Tampa facility is open and transparent to visitors.