Hemp potency testing measures the cannabinoids in your hemp sample and measures those compounds’ strength. INX Labs uses an Ultra High Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), which is the preferred equipment for testing hemp flower, edibles, and extracts because of its ability to test samples at ambient temperature without requiring a catalyst to produce a heat response. While regulations in the U.S. continue to change, standards and consistent strength monitoring are indispensable to protect consumers against unwanted side effects and contamination of the plant. Potency Testing can also be used to ensure your hemp item is lawful by showing that it contains less than the legal psychoactive compound level (.3 percent)
Terpenes are organic carbohydrates that occur naturally in hemp and other plants. They fend off harmful predators and lure helpful pollinators to ensure optimum growth while providing the unique aroma and flavor of the plant. Terpenes also synergize with cannabinoids such as psychoactive compounds and cannabinoids in hemp, to make up the entire medicinal profile of the plants. Commonly known as the “entourage effect,” the cannabinoids and terpenes combine to maximize the benefits of each other and mitigate potential side effects.
Cultivation conditions for hemp plants provide an ideal environment for the growth of molds and fungi, which can start producing chemical mycotoxins if allowed to reproduce. Mycotoxins are a known risk throughout the food safety industry and are associated with kidney and liver harm, reproductive disorders, and immune suppression. The aflatoxins, a form of mycotoxin generated by some species of aspergillus fungi, which are potential carcinogens, are extremely dangerous. Even if the dosage of aflatoxin is high enough, immediate exposure can be life-threatening as the resulting aflatoxicosis can cause severe liver failure.
Residual Solvent Testing
Organic solvents such as butane, ethanol, CO2, and propane can extract and isolate active ingredients like psychoactive compounds from the plant material during the production of hemp extracts and concentrates. The process of extraction is usually a solvent intensive process and requires skill in removing solvents. Residual solvent testing identifies the presence of these harmful solvents, impurities, and other trace residues. Residual solvent testing is crucial to assess the efficiency of the manufacturing process and the quality of the product for safe consumption.
Due to the amount of Pesticides used in modern day agriculture, Hemp has a tendency to clean the soil, migrating pesticides into the plant. Pesticides, including some intended only for ornamental plants may be associated with cancer or other serious health effects. While hemp yields are valuable, farmers may be forfeiting thousands of dollars by losing crops to mites, mold and other pests that try to consume the plant. To ensure safety and optimum growth, it requires trustworthy pesticide testing.
Heavy Metals Testing
Heavy metal bioaccumulation is a known process to occur in Hemp plants. During extraction, heavy metals are concentrated in the processed oil increasing the risk of contamination. Hemp producers are required to test for heavy metal contaminants in products intended for retail sale, assuring products meet all state and federal regulations as well as safe for consumption.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Maintaining a safe commercial building is essential for the longevity of the business and security of your home. It guarantees a healthier scent, fewer odors, lower energy costs, improving performance, and profitability. It can also decrease adverse health effects, lower absence levels, and enhanced comfort.
Fuel or other products such as vegetables, algae or microbial oils, animal fats, used cooking oils, and even some oily waste products are potential feedstocks for the production of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters) for B100 biodiesel. Some impurities of the feedstock may cause yield losses, an increase in waste, and the transfer of pollutants to secondary streams that could otherwise be suitable as saleable goods. We provide accurate evaluations that can give you a measure of trust about the validity of feedstock labeling.