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FAQ2018-11-03T00:38:39+00:00

Which cannabis products are tested by MA Analytics?

All including, but not limited to: Cannabis flowers, cannabis extracts, and cannabis-infused products such as capsules, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, salves, and topicals.

Which testing and screening services are offered by MA Analytics?

Visual inspection, moisture content analysis, microbiological screening (aerobic bacteria, yeast and mold, aspergillus, Salmonella and E coli), mycotoxin screening, potency, terpenoid profiling, residual solvent screening, heavy metals, pesticide screening, pH, water activity and homogeneity testing.

Does MA Analytics Labs screen for bacteria and other microorganisms?

Yes, including pathogenic Aspergillus, E. coli, and Salmonella typhimurium.

Does MA Analytics screen for cannabinoids?

Yes. We test for and quantify the 10 following cannabinoids:

  1. CBGA
  2. CBG
  3. D9THC
  4. D8THC
  5. THCV
  6. CBN
  7. CBDA
  8. CBD
  9. THCA
  10. CBC

Does MA Analytics screen for terpenoids?

Yes. 23 individual terpenoids are tested for and quantified:

  1. ALPHA pinene
  2. Camphene
  3. BETA Myrcene
  4. BETA Pinene
  5. DELTA-3-Carene
  6. ALPHA-Terpinene
  7. ALPHA-Ocimene
  8. Limonene
  9. P-Cymene
  10. BETA-Ocimene
  11. Eucalyptol
  12. GAMMA-Terpinene
  13. Terpinolene
  14. Linalool
  15. Isopulegol
  16. Geraniol
  17. BETA-Caryophyllene
  18. Humulene
  19. CIS-Nerolidol
  20. TRANS-Nerolidol
  21. Guaiol
  22. Caryophyllene Oxide
  23. ALPHA Bisabolol

Does MA Analytics screen for solvents?

Yes. Because solvents that are used to produce potent cannabis concentrates (e.g., butter, hash oil, shatter, wax) pose health risks to patients, we test for residual amounts of these common solvents:

  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Heptane

Please contact us for details about solvent screening.

Does MA Analytics screen for pesticides?

Yes. Active ingredients in commonly-used insecticides, miticides and fungicides can pose health risks to consumers. They include compounds such as bifenazate (in Floramite® and other products), abamectin (in products such as Avid®), myclobutanil (in products such as Eagle® 20) as well as natural and synthetic pyrethrins. Please contact us for more information.

Does MA Analytics screen for heavy metals?

Yes. As required by the State of Nevada, we test for concentrations as low as one part per billion of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).

Who is allowed to submit cannabis samples to MA Analytics for testing?

Licensed dispensaries, cannabis growers, product producers, and those who are allowed by law may submit samples for testing. Please contact us to learn about the procedure for submitting samples.

How do I submit samples to MA Analytics for testing?

Local pickup is available in Clark County, Nevada. Contact MA Analytics to arrange for prompt service. To help ensure accurate test results, samples from different plants must be isolated from one another in individual containers. We recommended you use these:

  • Flower: Static-free bags
  • Concentrates: Sterile syringes or containers
  • Edibles: Retail package, bag, vial or other securely sealed container. Butter and oil samples must weigh 2 grams.

How large a cannabis sample does MA AnalyticsLabs needs for testing?

Sample amounts vary by the number and types of tests we’re conducting, based on the following guide. Contact an MA Labs service rep for assistance.

Service Testing Includes Interval Sample Size
MA Analytics
Comprehensive Quality Assurance Test for Usable Cannabis
Includes MA Analytics Certification Seals
Visual inspection
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Pesticide screen
Mycotoxin screen
Microbiological screen
Heavy metal screen
Moisture Analysis
72 hrs 12 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for Non-Solvent Extracted Cannabis
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Microbial screen
72 hrs 7 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for
CO2 Solvent Extracted Cannabis
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Microbial screen
72 hrs 3.5 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for
Solvent Extracted Cannabis
Using n-butane, isobutene, propane, heptane, or other approved solvents or gases of 99% purity
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Residual solvent
Microbial screen*
*Only if using cannabis that failed an initial microbial test for flowers
72 hrs 3.5 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for
Ethanol Extracted Cannabis
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Microbial screen*
*Only if using cannabis that failed an initial microbial test for flowers
72 hrs 3.5 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for
Glycerin or Propylene Glycol Extracted Cannabis
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Microbial screen*
*Only if using cannabis that failed an initial microbial test for flowers
72 hrs 4 g
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for Edible or Liquid Cannabis-Infused Product
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
Microbial screen*
*Only if using cannabis that failed an initial microbial test for flowers
72 hrs 1 unit
MA Analytics
Quality Assurance Test for
Topical Cannabis-Infused Product
Cannabinoid profile
Terpenoid profile
72 hrs 1 unit

Is an MA Analytics certified sample 100% safe for consumption?

Please note that our certification only applies to the contaminants we specifically test for. Other unsafe elements that we do not screen, such as allergens, might be present. As a result, we cannot assure 100% safety.

What are the safe and recommended dosages for medical cannabis?

MA Analytics only provides analytical testing and quality assurance screening. Be sure to discuss effective and safe dosages with your prescribing physician or qualified healthcare professional.

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