NASCIENT SERVICES

NASCIENT’s exclusive sample preparation platform brings unparalleled automation to the cannabis testing industry. With little to no human intervention, NASCIENT is able to provide rapid analytical results without sacrificing accuracy and precision. Discounts are available for volume and contract customers up to 30%. Contact us today.

Cannabinoid Analysis:

Cannabinoids are a diverse class of compound that are considered the active ingredients of the cannabis plant. NASCIENT employs high-pressure liquid chromatography diode array detection (HPLC-DAD) detection for the analysis of 11 of the most prevalent cannabinoids:
Delta(9)- Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC);
Delta(9)- Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (Δ9-THCA);
Delta(8)- Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC);
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV);
Cannabidiol (CBD);
Cannabidolic acid (CBDA);
Cannabidivarin (CBDV);
Cannabigerol (CBG);
Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA);
Cannabichromene (CBC);
Cannabinol (CBN)

Terpenoid Analysis:

Terpenoids are greatly responsible for the smell and flavor of the cannabis plant, however they have been known to act synergistically with cannabinoids in order to enhance the effects of the cannabis plant. The terpenoids will be analyzed by gas chromatography mass spectrometry GC-MS:

Pesticide and Mycotoxin Screening:

Growing concern over pesticide and mycotoxin contamination has swept the nation. Detection of safe limits requires sophisticated instrumentation. NASCIENT employs the state of the art liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis of the entire California compliance battery which includes category 1 and 2 pesticides.

Category 1 Pesticides:

Aldicarb, Carbofuran, Chlordane, Chlorfenapyr, Chlorpyrifos, Coumaphos, Daminozide, Dichlorvos, Dimethoate, Ethoprophos, Etofenprox, Fenoxycarb, Fipronil, Imazalil, Methiocarb, Methyl parathion, Mevinphos, Paclobutrazol, Propoxur, Spiroxamine, Thiacloprid

Category 2 Pesticides:

Abamectin, Acephate, Acequinocyl, Acetamiprid, Azoxystrobin, Bifenazate, Bifenthrin, Boscalid, Captan, Carbaryl, Chlorantraniprole, Clofentazine, Cyfluthrin, Cypermethrin, Diazinon, Dimethomorph, Etoxazole, Fenhexamid, Fenpyroximate, Flonicamid, Fludioxonil, Hexythiazox, Imidacloprid, Kresoxim-methyl, Malathion, Metalaxyl, Methomyl, Myclobutanil, Naled, Oxamyl, Pentachloronitrobenzene, Permethrin, Phosmet, Piperonylbutoxide, Prallethrin, Propiconazole, Pyrethrins, Pyridaben, Spinetoram, Spinosad, Spiromesifen, Spirotetramat, Tebuconazole, Thiamethoxam, Trifloxystrobin.

Mycotoxins:

Alfatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2
Ochratoxin

Residual Solvents Screening:

The extraction and refinement of cannabis typically uses chemical solvents that can remain in the material after the process is complete. These contaminants can have potentially toxic effects. NASCIENT uses highly sensitive gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) capable of quantification of the entire category 1 and 2 California compliance list.

Residual Solvents:
Category 1:
1,2-Dichloroethane
Benzene
Chloroform
Ethylene oxide
Methylene chloride
Trichloroethylene

Category 2:
Acetone
Acetonitrile
Butane
Ethanol
Ethyl acetate
Ethyl ether
Heptane
Hexane
Isopropyl alcohol
Methanol
Toluene
Total xylenes (ortho, meta, para)

Heavy Metals Screening:

Cannabis is a notorious bioaccumulator of heavy metals, this is especially true of mercury. A uniquely automated sample preparation platform coupled with analysis by inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is in place to ensure optimal recovery and detection of the four heavy metals focused on by the state of California:
Cadmium
Lead
Mercury
Arsenic

Microbial Screening:

Cannabis is quite susceptible to contamination by microbial activity, which can have harmful effects on the consumer. Rapid amplification of gene specific plant pathogens allow for the detection of the California microbiological list, which includes the following compounds:

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli
Salmonella
Aspergillus fumigatus
Aspergillus flavus
Aspergillus niger
Aspergillus terreus

Moisture Content, Water Activity and Foreign Matter Inspection:

Moisture content and water activity are key indicators of the potential microbiological proliferation. NASCIENT utilizes instrumentation that avoids side reaction and prevents uncertainty for the highest degree of accuracy. The inspection of foreign matter, which includes mold, insect particulate and animal excreta, is performed with high powered stereo microscopy.

 

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CANNABINOID ANALYSIS

TERPENOID ANALYSIS

PESTICIDE AND MYCOTOXIN SCREENING

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