How can we help?
Growers Analytical offers a range of consulting services. From product development to organic gardening practices to consumer safety regulation, our dedicated team can help you find appropriate scientific solutions to real world problems.
Our customers depend on us to provide an accurate analysis of their sample material. This accuracy is vital to new formulations. Whether you're developing a brand new product or modifying your formulations on an existing product, we can help. Our complex understanding of analytical chemistry coupled with years of experience in nutraceutical analysis for botanical companies has given us the toolset to help you achieve your goals. Our Product Development services extend beyond just cannabis; we can help with botanical supplements, herbal supplements, and biologicals such as kombucha.
We offer affordable consultations to help you setup, establish, and maintain a healthy organic garden. If you’re thinking about growing, or if you want to convert from conventional to organic gardening, we can help. We can also lend assistance if mites or mildew find a home in your garden. Please contact us before treating your crop with pesticides or fungicides.
Consumer Safety Regulation
Growers Analytical has a wealth of experience in regulatory environments outside of the cannabis industry. Working together with the Cannabis Safety Institute, our rich data and astute computational analysis is helping establish sensible regulation of cannabis not only in Oregon, but also in Nevada and Colorado. How can we help your State?
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What We Test
A diverse line-up of instrumentation allows us to use the most appropriate method for the sample matrix, and allows us to test a vast array of cannabis related products. We can test cured flowers, concentrates (including BHO, CO2 Oil and other solvent extracts, wax, hash, keif, etc.), edibles, or "Medibles" (such as chocolate, cooking oil, candies, baked goods, and beverages), topicals, and tinctures. Glycerin-based products are also welcome. If you have a unique product or product line, please contact us to discuss your needs.
Our assays have been carefully developed with HB 3460 compliance in mind. Our Full Compliance testing suite offers everything a dispensary needs to stay compliant with State testing laws, as well as ensure the safety of consumers and the quality of products on the shelf. Our testing methods are based on relevant industry standards that have been approved by AOAC, AHP, ODA, USP, EPA and FDA for testing agricultural commodities meant for human consumption. We are also currently preparing for NELAC TNI and ISO 17025:2005 accreditation.
How We Test
In designing our lab, we’ve taken AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists), AHP (American Herbal Pharmacopeia), FDA, ODA (Oregon Department of Agriculture), NELAC (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 17025:2005 very seriously. Every good lab should be able to stand up to scientific scrutiny, and stand behind the methods they’ve chosen to conduct their testing. Laboratory accreditation often takes almost 2 years to accomplish, and since our industry is so new, we’re just getting started. It’s our goal to be accredited by 2017, and as such, the standards approved by the above organizations are a foundation of Growers Analytical. We know how to get it done right, and we’re not cutting any corners.
When evaluating a third party lab, it’s important to ask about methods, instrumentation, and Standard Operating Procedures. We’ve chosen our instrumentation carefully based on the commodities and compounds we’re testing. Cannabis has many active compounds: there are over 100 cannabinoids, 120+ terpenes, and 29 flavonoids that we know of today. Many cannabinoids are heat sensitive, changing under high temperatures to re-form as other cannabinoids. This also applies to pesticides and fungicides.
There are two types of instrumentation that are qualified for testing cannabinoid potency: Gas Chromatography (GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Since a gas chromatograph uses heat during the analytical process, it’s unable to accurately quantify many of the compounds found in cannabis. This is why we’ve chosen HPLC as our primary analytical instrument for testing cannabinoids and pesticides.
Contact us today to discuss how Growers Analytical can meet your testing needs.