MCS is an industry leading marijuana testing lab, using the latest technology and cutting edge laboratory instrumentation to perform cannabis testing in Florida. Following strict quality control guidelines and corrective action plans, we are among the highest quality third-party cannabis testing labs in the country. The MCS staff is well prepared to deliver accurate results and quick turn around times to clients. Every MCS staff member, from lab manager to lab technician, has a precise understanding of how to complete each laboratory function, thoroughly and properly. MCS has made it a point to always have a knowledgeable staff member available during business hours, in case clients or potential clients have any technical questions. A MCS representative can be reached through our contact page.
MCS uses industry leading cannabis testing equipment, as well as highly-regarded testing methodology to perform each test. MCS already has strict quality control guidelines, safety guidelines, internal audit guidelines, chemical hygiene plans, and corrective action plans in place. Every single standard operating procedure is accounted for, from sample acceptance, digestion, storage, and disposal, to equipment calibration and reporting sample results. MCS is currently working with several Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTC’s) and is poised to become the highest quality third party medical marijuana testing lab in the state of Florida.
The cannabis plant and all of it’s chemical constituents consist of over 480 unique compounds. More than 80 of those compounds are considered cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are the chemical compounds within the cannabis plant that help cure and/or provide relief from symptoms for patients suffering from severe debilitating illness, as well as those suffering from less severe and more common issues. For more information on cannabinoids, see Cannabinoids 101. The two most commonly studied cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD testing). Accordingly, these are also the two cannabinoids that are most commonly tested. Identifying, classifying, and individualizing cannabinoids can be performed at MCS by using instruments that use gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS), liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LCMS), and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) technology. The latter is preferred for cannabinoid analysis at MCS, as HPLC makes it possible for simultaneous determination of neutral and acidic cannabinoids without derivatization. For more on cannabinoid testing, or more frequently referred to as potency testing, see Cannabinoid Testing.
Microbial examinations are performed using a high performance/high definition microscopes. During microbial examination of solid cannabis plant product, elements such as cystolith hairs and trichomes are identified. The samples are also examined for microscopic filth matter such as rodent hair, mites, molds, fungi, mildews, insect parts, insect feces, and other hazardous contaminants. Additionally, microbiologists at MCS perform a series of analyses for MMTC clients to help identify microbial contamination. These contaminants include, but are not limited to, aspergillus, E.coli, total coliform, fecal coliform, total plate count (TPC), total yeast and mold, salmonella, and more. See Microbial Testing for more information.
Microbial matter can sometimes produce mycotoxins, which can lead to serious infections and allergic reactions. Mycotoxins are toxins produced by certain species of mold. There are several types of mycotoxins which are broken down into groups. Aflatoxins are probably the most common mycotoxin group, as well as the most toxic. Other major groups of mycotoxins include citrinin, ergot, fusarium, ochratoxin, and patulin. Mycotoxins can be identified and quantified at MCS using LCMS (liquid chromatography mass spectrometry). See Mycotoxin Testing for more on mycotoxins and mycotoxin analysis.
Residual Solvent Testing
Concentrated cannabis products such as oils, waxes, liquids, edibles, and pills, are becoming more common, due to the fact that some patients would prefer not to smoke, vaporize, or use a topical solutions to administer their medicine. Some of these concentrates require solvents to help extract cannabinoids and terpenes (terpenoids) from the cannabis plant. Terpenes are best known for their aromatic properties, but are also used for medicinal purposes. See Terpenoids 101 for more on terpenes. MCS offers residual solvent testing on all cannabis products, regardless of the matrix, in order to ensure that patients receive the highest quality medicines available. This testing can be done using gas chromatography flame ionization detector (GC-FID)/head space analysis. The most commonly used solvents for extracting cannabinoids from cannabis are butane, propane, pentane, acetone, hexane, heptane, ethanol, and isopropanol. For more on residual solvents testing, see Residual Solvents.
During a typical cannabis cultivation cycle, a number of harmful products may be administered. Some of these products help boost yields, while others help keep pests away. Some growth regulators, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides may work particularly well during cultivation, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that most of them are harmful when ingested. MCS offers pesticide testing using both liquid chromatography (LC) and gas chromatography (GC) to help identify if any harmful additives that were used during cultivation, and then quantify those substances down to parts per billion. MCS can perform pesticide testing on any cannabis product, regardless of the matrix. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and growth regulators, are often colorless and odorless. Ensuring product quality and determining whether or not medicines contain any of these harmful substances is an absolute necessity before ending up in the hands of a patient. For more on pesticide testing, see Pesticide Testing.
Heavy Metals Testing
Aside from pesticides, another growing concern in the medical cannabis industry is metals toxicity. Typically this happens when a plant is grown in a soil or growth medium that is already contaminated with heavy metals, such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, nickel, lead, selenium, silver, mercury, thallium, and zinc. When ingested in certain doses, heavy metals can be extremely toxic, although some are more hazardous than others. MCS analyzes samples using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) instrumentation to help identify and quantify any traces of heavy metals. MCS is also using a mercury analyzer in tandem to achieve lower detection limits. Our labs are certified to analyze over 29 different metals which turns out to be extremely beneficial for the Florida Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers MCS works with. See Heavy Metals for more on heavy metals testing.
Trust Your Third-Party Cannabis Lab Testing to MCS
Our founder and staff have over 50 years of laboratory industry experience, making MCS is one of the most trusted names in cannabis testing in Florida.
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