Public health and safety testing is required for all cannabis products, whether intended for smoking, oral ingestion, or for topical use. Cannabinoid profiling, terpene profiling, and potency testing identifies and quantifies active compounds that are used to differentiate between strains of recreational, medicinal, and industrial (hemp) cannabis. Residual solvent and pesticide testing identifies and quantifies potentially toxic compounds left over from agricultural production or processing. Microbial and fungal testing identifies and quantifies potentially dangerous and toxic forms of bacteria and mold.
AHA will provide cannabinoid profile analysis using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and a UV-Vis or Photo diode Array detector (PDA) to quantify the major cannabinoids present in cannabis and hemp: Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA), Cannabidiol (CBD), Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Carboxylic Acid(Δ9-THC-A, THCA), Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC, THC), Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabicyclol (CBL), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).
Using an Gas Chromatography (GC) equipped with a mass spectrum detector (GC-MS), AHA labs will provide a profile of several terpenes of interest found in cannabis. The list of terpenes profiled will includes (but is not limited to) Lanalool, B-Myrcene, a-Pinene, D-limonene, and B-Caryophyllene.
Residual Solvent Testing
Concentrates manufactured using solvents must be tested for residual solvents. AHA labs will perform solvent testing utilizing a GC/MS. Light organic solvents such as propane, butane, hexane, methanol, ethanol, acetone, and naphtha are potential common solvents.
The state of Alaska is likely to require either pesticide testing or a pesticide free certification for all cannabis products. Pesticides can also be concentrated during extraction and concentration. AHA labs will perform pesticide testing using a GC-MS.
Microbial and Fungal Contamination
AHA labs will use microscopy and PCR to provide foreign material, microbial, and fungal screening services.