PAH Testing

pah sample in lab

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals that transform into pollutants when coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage and tobacco are burned. These common chemicals form small particles in the air, which can easily seep into cannabis plant food, soil and water. While PAHs don’t compromise cannabis growth, they are known carcinogens that can be extremely dangerous to humans upon exposure. 

Regardless of how carefully you produce the product, you can never be sure that it’s free from PAHs until you test with an accredited laboratory like ACS. 

Testing Hemp & Cannabis for pahs

MATRIX: Flowers/Plants, Derivative Products and Edibles
ANALYTES: 18 count

We test for the following 18
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds:

  • 1-Methylnaphthalene
  • 2-Methylnaphthalene
  • Acenaphthene
  • Acenaphthylene
  • Anthracene
  • Benz[a]anthracene
  • Benzo[a]pyrene
  • Benzo[b]fluoranthene
  • Benzo[g,h,i]perylene
  • Benzo[k]fluoranthene
  • Chrysene
  • Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
  • Fluoranthene
  • Fluorene
  • Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene
  • Naphthalene
  • Phenanthrene
  • Pyrene


We analyze extracts for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry GC/MS method. First, we weigh the sample. Then we safely quantify trace levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that may be polluting your product. Using this trusted protocol, we deliver precise results within 3-5 days.


The process to submit a sample of your flower or derivative product is easy. At ACS, we accept hemp products from all 44 states and medical cannabis from registered providers in Florida. Plus, if you live in Florida, you can schedule our courier service from anywhere in the state. Simply request your test to speak with an expert at ACS. We’ll follow up right away to explain the submission process or arrange to collect a sample. 

HEALTH CONCERNS WITH Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

PAHs contain toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic properties that can cause disease and cancer at high levels of exposure. If your customers accidentally inhale or apply PAHs to the body, they can also experience severe skin and eye irritation. PAHs are readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, so you need to be sure that your product is clean. Verified testing will guarantee that your hemp or cannabis products are safe to ingest.


Currently, there are no federal or Florida state standards related to PAH testing. However, by law, all consumable products–regardless of specific requirements–must be safe to ingest. That means it’s imperative to test your hemp or cannabis to be sure it is free from these dangerous chemicals. Your customers and brand reputation rely on it.

Contact us for more information about potency testing and contact us today to begin the process.



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