Advanced Testing Secrets

Quality assurance is an integral part of any profitable business, and the hemp industry is no different. When it comes to safe, quality products, analytical testing of materials and products is critical to ensure that laws and regulations are abided by, and customers are using a certifiably safe product. For this reason, it is important for any reputable extraction company to take part in rigorous testing in a variety of methods.

High performance liquid chromatography or HPLC testing and third-party testing are effective ways to test materials and products for chemical residuals, molds, solvents or other contaminants and is also a way to certify a legal product by measuring THC content in CBD products. Without these methods of analytical testing, it would be impossible to ensure safe and legal products from hemp extracts.

In this episode of exrakTALKS, Dr. Jon and Randall Thompson explain all about analytical testing in the hemp industry. They discuss in detail why you should test for contaminants, where you should be testing, and how you should be testing. They discuss the ins and outs of HPLC testing, the use of third-party tests to look for unknown contaminants, and how not testing can affect your business.

LISTEN to this episode:

00:00 – Intro
00:30 – Test day!
01:55 – Ask questions!
02:09 – What’s offered
03:45 – Who are you?
05:00 – Last weeks giveaway winners
05:44 – Top 5 facts you need to know about testing
06:30 – Fact #1
06:45 – How to find your State rules
07:52 – Fact #2
09:00 – Fact #3
10:30 – Fact #4
11:44 – Fact #5
12:25 – Outline
12:50 – Split samples
14:20 – Different results
15:20 – Sequoia Lab example
17:02 – A Tale of Two Labs
19:25 – Lawyers exploiting
23:12 – Why test for unknown contaminants?
27:56 – Mind of an Analytical Chemist
28:43 – What are potential causes?
33:15 – Outline
33:49 – Problems with limits?
34:10 – Separation or Extraction
38:05 – Who uses HPLC testing?
38:12 – Farmer (hemp or marijuana)
39:10 – Investors
40:05 – Consumers
40:52 – Producers: What to test?
44:30 – Where to test?
56:30 – What does a COA tell you?
57:00 – 3rd party testing & in house testing?
57:30 – Any ASTM tests specific to cannabis?
58:46 – Recommendations for consumers and producers

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