Products for the Testing and Analysis of Cannabis and CBD


This section is organized by analytical type, including:



The Medical Marijuana QC Lab-In-A-Box is designed as a one-stop-shop for setting up your testing lab.

  • No time-consuming method development or product sourcing required
  • Free technical support from our in-house team of experts
  • Compliant with Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)
  • Everything can be customized to meet your specific requirements

Lab-In-A-Box is available as a complete system for new lab setups, or as individual components.

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Rugged Isocratic LC-UV Method for the Analysis of 16 Cannabinoids in Hemp and Cannabis Samples

With the mounting interest in hemp and cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use around the world, the need for suitable analytical methods to identify and determine the concentration of cannabinoids is essential for ensuring consumer safety. Traditional analyses for measuring the potency of cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp samples have focused mainly on 5 primary analytes: THC, THC-A, CBD, CBD-A, and CBN. As the industry continues to expand and evolve, more attention is being directed toward additional, although less prevalent, cannabinoids that have been shown to exhibit physiological effects. Thus, simple yet selective analytical methodologies are needed to adequately separate and identify a wide range of cannabinoids present in the hemp and cannabis products which exist on the market, including plant products, edibles, oils, topicals and extracts.

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Hamilton – Separation of 8 Cannabinoids

With the recent legalization of both medicinal and recreational marijuana in the United States, analysis of individual cannabinoids has captured the public’s interest at a new level. As such, many new cannabis products are now available, i.e., edibles, vaporizers, and extracts to name a few. The increased marketability
of the product has incited consumers to take a greater interest in the quality and craft ability of the products
being sold. Through the quantification of individual cannabinoids, the consumer can make an informed decision
about the possible effects they could expect from the products they purchase. Therefore, the need for accurate,
robust, and affordable analysis tools are of the upmost importance.

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Cannabinoid Separations and Analyses on 2 different YMC C18 columns

  • YMC Triart C18 and Meteoric Core C18 columns are both cutting edge technologies. This application note shows how Meteoric Core or Triart can be used to provide either high speed separation with minimal additional back pressure, or a fully scalable suite of methods from UHPLC through standard HPLC to preparative LC methods.

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  • TriArt C18 Columns for Cannabis Potency Testing Analyses - Available in UHPLC/MS through analytical HPLC to preparative columns (1.9µm to 50µm particle diameters).  Consistent particle and phase chemistry ensures easy scaling without method redevelopment .  This application shows separation on a 250 x 4.6mm column.  It can easily be scaled to any of the other column dimensions.

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SIL HD and nano-SIL HD TLC Plates for Fast and Simple
Screening of Plant or Edibles for Cannabinoid Profiles

  • Fast screening of plant extracts for cannabinoid profiles
  • Single use plates
  • Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) provides fast, simple screening of plants or edibles for cannabinoid profiles
    • Separate the four primary cannabinoids
    • Allow general assessment of relative concentrations of cannabinoids
    • Can detect the presence of food or non-target plant compounds in samples before GC or HPLC runs
    • New SIL HD plates provide sharper, higher contrast developed plates
    • Lower levels of detection and grater confidence in your results

Click here for the Separation of Marijuana Compounds App Note.
Click here to read more on SIL HD and nano-SIL HD TLC Plates


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Reference Standards

Target Mycotoxins in Cannabis with Restek's New Ochratoxin A & Aflatoxins Standards

Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolite compounds produced by mold or fungi. Due to the toxicity of certain mycotoxins that can be found on cannabis plants, there is a growing need to detect their presence in both raw plant materials and finished cannabis products.

Restek now offers two new mycotoxin certified reference materials (CRMs):
Ochratoxin A (cat.# RK34122) and Aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2) (cat.# RK34121).

These new reference standards enable labs to expand their cannabis analyses with a Restek solution when coupled with our high-throughput Raptor ARC-18 (cat.# RK9314A12) LC column.
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Attain a More-Comprehensive Characterization of Cannabis Samples

Restek's new CBL standard is ideal for creating multipoint calibration curves for LC analysis. This prepared stock product eliminates the need for in-house standards preparation for greater convenience and lower labor requirements.

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Stand-alone CBDV Reference Standard

Accurate quantitation of both cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabidivarin (CBDV) for cannabis potency and strain ID is a must, especially as interest in using CBDV as an anticonvulsant and anti-nausea treatment continues to rise. Restek now offers a stand-alone CBDV reference standard – in addition to CBD and a host of other cannabis standards – to help labs with the comprehensive analysis of cannabis products.

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The AccuStandard Canadian Cannabis Standards Catalogue is a compilation of the reference standards you need for regulatory testing – cannabinoids, residual solvents and pesticides – and product aroma testing (terpenes) all in one handy location.

Click here to view the Cannabis Testing Standards for Canada Catalogue.


Chromatographic Specialties Inc. is a convenient source for cannabinoid reference materials

Some advantages to ordering from us:

  • Standards are C.T.K. exempted from Health Canada, allowing testing labs to use them as analytical reference products without additional tracking or licensing requirements.
  • We have true second source standards manufactured by two different ISO 17034 certified companies
  • Our list of standards is constantly growing. Check back periodically to see what’s new.

If you need a cannabinoid we don’t carry, let us know so we can let our suppliers know what to work on next.  Or call 1-800-267-8103.

Click here for a listing of our Cannabinoid Standards.


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Sample Preparation

Automated Clean-up of Aflatoxins and Ochratoxins

The Freestyle SPE system can be used to automate the clean-up of aflatoxins and ochratoxins in hemp samples. By using the specially designed immunoaffinity columns, you can extract the content of Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and Ochratoxin A with very good recoveries. Make it a complete streamline process by combining the Freestyle SPE module with the EVA (evaporation module) and the in-line direct LC injection module.

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QuEChERS Method for the Determination of Mycotoxins

CrossTOX® is a low cost QuEChERS SPE Column for the Analysis of 16 Mycotoxins in one run!

  • Many labs analyze mycotoxins using a dilute-and-shoot method that is labour intensive and slow.
  • CrossTOX® improves these analyses by using a QuEChERS-based procedure that provides a cleaner extract than the syringe filter used in the dilute-and-shoot method (the syringe filter is no longer needed when using CrossTOX®)
  • Because the extract is cleaner, CrossTOX® allows a higher number of sample injections to be made before the LC-MS/MS needs to be cleaned or maintained.  That means your LC-MS/MS is running more and being serviced and cleaned less.
  • CrossTOX® saves significant cost per sample as much less internal standard is required.

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Hamilton's Microlab 600 provides unprecedented accuracy and precision for both difficult and routing pipetting needs. 
Save time and money while improving results!

The MICROLAB 600 is a highly precise syringe pump with a graphical user interface designed to quickly and easily dilute and dispense liquids. This positive displacement system provides better than 99% accuracy, independent of a liquid’s viscosity, vapor pressure, and temperature. The inert fluid path minimizes sample carry over and is compatible with harsh chemicals.

Hamilton’s data-driven whitepaper shows how the Microlab 600 outperforms volumetric glassware, and from a versatility standpoint, it outperforms air displacement pipettes.  The Microlab 600 saves time, money, limits waste production and maintains high accuracy and precision.

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Extraction and Clean-up of Pesticides Using ChloroFiltr®

ChloroFiltr® is a novel polymeric based sorbent designed for the removal of chlorophyll from acetonitrile extracts. Traditional QuEChERS cleanup approaches use graphitized carbon black (GCB) to remove pigments, including chlorophyll, from sample extracts. Although GCB is effective in removing chlorophyll it can also retain planer analytes, resulting in low recovery. UCT has developed a proprietary polymeric sorbent that selectively removes chlorophyll without sacrificing the recovery of planar analytes. ChloroFiltr® is used as a replacement for GCB in the QuEChERS procedure and no additional method modifications are required (optimal cleanup is obtained utilizing acetonitrile).

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LCTech – FREESTYLE ThermELUTE System for Automated Mycotoxin Analysis

This system offers complete automation of sample preparation and analysis, a 14-fold increase in sensitivity compared to manual SPE, reduced hands-on time and increased sample throughput. 

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Chromatrap Spin Column Homogeniser for Preparing Cannabis Samples
for Analysis of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD)

The ratio of THC and CBD is crucial for differentiating medicinal versus recreational cannabis. This ratio is important for taxation authorities, medical regulators and growers alike. Accurate THC/CBD determination relies on effective sample preparation from samples of cannabis leaf, bud and flower.

Offering a gentle, quick and clean alternative to mechanical syringe and needle homogenization, the Chromatrap Spin Column Homogeniser quickly and efficiently homogenizes cells, tissue lysates and plant extracts in a single step. Porvair's unique proprietary bio-shredding Vyon® polymer advantageously reduces lysate viscosity and captures insoluble debris by centrifugation.

Used in conjunction with the Porvair Plant and Seed Genomics microplate the Chromatrap Spin Column Homogeniser provides efficient sample preparation clean-up and Cannabis THC/CBD analysis set-up.

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For assistance with any cannabis separation or clean-up questions, contact our Technical Support Team for more information.