Canada's most affordable, trusted and accurate cannabis-testing laboratory

"ISO accrediated and HealthCanada approved"

Synfine Research offers a wide range of testing services to ensure that your product meets regulatory standards and complies with maximum residue levels (MELs) established by most countries. In order to protect consumers and to comply with strict legislation worldwide, residue testing is mandatory by many governing health authorities.

Why is Cannabis Testing Important?

Health Canada has not formally provided the requirements for uniformly standardized testing of cannabis products. Understanding the content of various cannabis products is vital for the consumer. That is why most reputable producers are relying on third-party laboratories to verify their products efficacy. Synfine Research lab is a privately owned independent testing lab with more than thirty years' experience in analytical testing. Synfine is not affiliated with any licensed cannabis producers, consumers or brands, and has no vested interest in the outcome, and can provide independent trusted testing to both the producer and consumer. Through the use of sophisticated analytical equipment and established methods, Synfine's PhD's can provide the required testing to ensure, identify and satisfy the safety of the cannabis products as per Health Canada ACMPR guidelines.

Cannabinoid Analysis/Potency

Potency analysis is the process of identifying and quantifying cannabinoids in cannabis and its related products. Knowing the concentration of a product is essential for consumers interested in knowing the exact amounts of cannabinoids in their product. Potency analysis, consists of measuring the amounts of specific cannabinoids present in a product, such as THC, THCA, CBD, CBDA, and CBN. Cannabinoid profiling is an important tool in allowing consumers to make smart and informed decisions on which products will provide the desired result for both research and diagnostics. Some may require products with high levels of THCA while others need products high in CBD and low in THC. Potency testing is especially important for infused products (taken orally), which may take an hour experience the pharmacological effects of the product. Potency analysis is generally performed with either Gas Chromatograph (GC) or and High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)

Synfine Research tests for the following cannabinoids in standard potency testing:

  1. THCA - Tetrahydrocannabinol Acid
  2. d9 - THC("THC"-Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol
  3. CBD - Cannabidiol
  4. CBDa - Cannibidol Acid
  5. CBN - Cannabinol
  6. CBC - Cannabichromene
  7. CBDV - Cannabidivarin
  1. CBDVA - Cannabidivarin Acid
  2. CBG - Cannabigerol
  3. CBGA - Cannabigerol Acid
  4. CBL - Cannabicyclol
  5. d8 - THC-Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol
  6. THCV- Tetrahydrocannabivarin

Available Services

Cannabis Testing

Our analytical laboratory is fully equipped to validate and analyze potency, cannabinoids content, terpenes, microbiological screening, pesticides & heavy metal detection in cannabis products.

Residue testing

We are in the process of expanding our analytical services for residual testing of a broad range of residue types in feed and food including; minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, hormones, veterinary drug residues and other trace contaminants. We utilize FDA, EPA and AOAC methodologies residual analysis

Terpene Testing

Terpenes and terpenoids are the primary building block of plant resins or "essential oils" and contribute to the scent, flavor, colors and related pharmacological activity. Knowing the terpene content can help a consumer choose a product to match the desired effect. Synfine can identify 22 different terpene compounds using a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame ionization detector (FID).

Synfine Research terpene profiling in cannabis products:

  1. (-)-?-Bisabolol
  2. Camphene
  3. ?-3-Carene
  4. ?-Caryophyllene
  5. Geraniol
  6. (-)-Guaiol
  7. ?-Humulene
  1. pIsopropyltoluene (p-cymene)
  2. (-)-Isopulegol
  3. d-Limonene
  4. Linalool
  5. ?-Myrcene
  6. Nerolidol
  1. Ocimene
  2. ?-Pinene
  3. (-)-beta-Pinene
  4. ?-Terpinene
  5. ?-Terpinene
  6. Terpinolene
  7. Terpineol

Residual Solvents Testing

Solvents are often used in the extraction of cannabinoids and terpenoids from plant material, varying from CO2 to more dangerous chemicals. If a concentrate is prepared by chemical extraction (by using butane, for example), residual solvents may exist in the final product. Repeated exposure to residual solvents may result in health issues to consumers, including allergic reactions, headaches, nausea and more. By measuring the amounts of solvent in a cannabis concentrate, we are able to provide growers and manufacturers with the information they need to adjust their process and ensure that the highest quality of concentrates are being produced. Residual solvents are analyzed with a Gas Chromatograph with an FID detector and a headspace auto-sampler.

Synfine Research terpene profiling in cannabis products:

  1. Acetone <1000 ppm
  2. Benzene <2 ppm
  3. Butanes <1000 ppm
  4. Ethanol <1000 pp
  5. Hexane <60 ppm
  6. Isopropyl alcohol <1000 ppm
  7. Pentane <1000 ppm
  8. Propane <1000 ppm
  9. Toluene <180 ppm

Pesticide Residue Testing

The presence of pesticides in a cannabis product indicates that pesticides were used when growing the cannabis or those pesticides have contaminated the flower or final product after growing. The presence of pesticides indicates a problem for the licensed producer and the inability to offer that product for sale. Synfine test for all 95 compounds on Health Canada's December 2017 Mandatory List Pesticide. Qualification and quantification can be performed with mass spectrometers, which are the most sensitive at detecting pesticides.

Synfine Research terpene profiling in cannabis products:

  1. Acetone <1000 ppm
  2. Benzene <2 ppm
  3. Butanes <1000 ppm
  4. Ethanol <1000 pp
  5. Hexane <60 ppm
  6. Isopropyl alcohol <1000 ppm
  7. Pentane <1000 ppm
  8. Propane <1000 ppm
  9. Toluene <180 ppm

Microbial Screening

All natural products contain varying amounts of naturally occurring micro-flora. Quantifying the amounts of mycotoxin can help producers identify product issues before they are sold to the public. Synfine’s microbial screens quantify Total Viable Aerobic Bacteria, Total Viable Yeasts and Molds, and Total Viable Coliforms (including E. coli). Synfine Research uses polymerase chain reactions (PCR) to screen for the presence or absence of Salmonella spp. and possible Shiga toxin-producing strains of E.coli. Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) and Salmonella spp. are considered opportunistic pathogens and carry a strict zero-tolerance policy in food samples. Mycotoxin & contaminant testing is a standard test utilizing High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC) with a Fluorescence Detector and a Post Column Reactor.

Microbial Testing Services

We offer a number of services to screen for bacterial and fungal contaminations in Cannabis and Cannabis infused products including:
  1. Yeasts and Molds
  2. E. coli and Coliforms
  3. Salmonella
  4. Aerobic Bacteria
  5. Cladosporium*
  1. Alternaria
  2. Botrytis
  3. Mucor
  4. Penicillium*
  5. Aspergillus*

* Mycotoxin producing fungi common to Cannabis
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