The lab team at QTL uses HPLC or High Performance Liquid Chromatography to carefully analyze Flower, Concentrates and Infused product samples to establish the cannabinoid concentration. We currently test for [d9-THC], [CBD], [THCA], [CBDA], [CBN], [d8-THC], [CBDV], [CBG], [CBGA], and [CBC]. Quality Testing Lab uses Shimadzu Prominence I, LC-2030 Plus to ensure that your products go to market boasting the most accurate THC% possible.
In order to make sure the Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic and Mercury concentration allowances are being met, QTL uses ICP-MS or Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spec can detect trace-level results of metal. The ultra sensitive Shimadzu ICPMS-2030LF that we currently use in our facility uses helium gas to achieve efficient molecular ion removal and high elemental ion transmission. These reliable results, combined with our team of expert's data analysis, your investment is protected so you pass state mandated testing.
Quality Testing Lab uses LCMS or Liquid Chromatography Mass Spec to scan samples for aflatoxins and ochratoxins commonly found in cannabis products and determine whether the present amount is dangerous for human consumption. Our LCMS-8060 from shimadzu is a dynamic instrument with unprecedented sensitivity, outstanding durability and helps us to scan for about 60 different pesticides, mandatory to state regulations.
Because there are a few types of Pesticides that can evaporate and therefore not be traced during the Liquid Chromatography process, QTL also uses Gas Chromatography Mass Spec or GCMS. This process involves extracting the gasses from a sample that has been heated. Once the GCMS-TQ8050 syringe retrieves the gases and flows it through the instrument, we are able to check for the remaining pesticides that could be harmful for human consumption.
QTL also uses another Gas Chromatography Mass Spec instrument, the Shimadzu GCMS-QP2010 SE in the lab which offers fully-automated MS tuning. This enables us to optimize parameters easily and consistently and provides obtainable mass spectra. This basically means we are able to really zoom in to detect even the smallest trace amounts of residual solvents.