Our Process - Cannabis Services

Columbia Laboratories History of Cannabis Testing

  • The first TNI certified/​ORELAP accred­ited Cannabis testing lab in Oregon
  • The first ISO accred­ited Cannabis testing lab in Oregon
  • The only cannabis testing lab in Oregon to offer addi­tional services such as nutri­tional and envi­ron­mental testing
  • Leads the industry with ethical busi­ness prac­tices and perti­nent method development
For consul­ta­tion on services, volume-based discounts, please contact customer service with your inquiry and we will be happy to work with you.
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Cannabis testing methods

Potency

Accu­rate potency results are crit­ical for final product formu­la­tions, defining safe dosages and legally defen­sible label claims.
Your product and busi­ness repu­ta­tion depends on accu­rate potency results.

  • Potency- Basic Profile (all regu­lated cannabinoids)
  • Potency- Extended Profile (includes over 25 cannabinoids)
  • Potency- Arti­fi­cially Derived Cannabi­noids Profile (ADCs)
  • Potency- High Purity: Pure prod¬ucts (>95%) such as Isolates and Terpenes.
We prove our accu­racy and preci­sion through third party profi­ciency testing. Our best-in-class method­olo­gies, coupled with the most powerful instru­ments avail­able bolster our clients with legally defen­sible results, every time.

Pesti­cides

We are the pesti­cide experts. Columbia Labs performs the most compre­hen­sive testing in the hemp/​canna industry, from seed to sale. See below for market-specific testing profiles.

  • Pesti­cides – Oregon:

    Regu­lated list for cannabis, 59 analytes.
    Matrices: soil, veg, extracts, infused products.

  • Pesti­cides – CanAM:

    Covers analytes and LOQs for USA recre­ational cannabis state’s requirement’s AND Health Canada- combined.
    Matrices: Terpenes, Cannabis Extracts and infused products.

  • Pesti­cides – California:

    Regu­lated list and format­ting for Cali­fornia cannabis.
    Matrices: soil, veg, extracts, infused products.

  • Pesti­cides – Multi-Residue Screen:

    More than 370 analytes. Refer­ence National Organic Profile.
    Matrices: soil, veg, extracts, infused products.

Columbia is one of the few labs that offer testing in cannabis for:
  • Glyphosate: ISO accred­ited for cannabis matrices. Commonly known as RoundUp™.
  • Customized pesti­cide-profiles or herbi­cide damage profiles” avail­able upon request
  • Imida­zoli­none Herbi­cides;​“imi” type of herbi­cides such as Pursuit®, Arsenal®, Scepter®, Raptor®, and Cadre®.

Residual Solvents

When solvents are used to extract cannabi­noids and terpenes from the plant mate­rial, the residual mate­rial left in the prod­ucts is regu­lated with action levels to ensure safe consump­tion and inhalation.

  • Residual Solvents – Oregon: regu­lated list
  • Residual Solvents – Cali­fornia: Cat 1 and Cat 2 testing, CA MRLs
  • Residual Solvents – Health Canada: avail­able for Terpenes extracts and infused products
  • Residual Solvents – USP 467
We offer several residual solvent profiles so you can ensure the product is compliant, impu­rity-free, and made with a high-quality process that purges impu­ri­ties by testing for Residual Solvents.

Heavy Metals

Metals can be intro­duced at many control points and are carcino­genic at certain levels. Cannabis absorbs metals from soil, air and water, may become cont­a­m­i­nated during processing.

We test for metals using ICP/MS. We offer testing in many different types of samples including water, soil, extracts, topi­cals and edibles at very low levels of detec­tion, to ensure consumer safety.

  • Heavy Metals Profile: Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Lead
  • Minerals

Myco­toxins

Molds that produce myco­toxins are present in many crops, from nuts to coffee beans to cannabis.
We offer myco­toxins profile that hit any state require­ments for cannabis as well as an expanded profile that goes beyond current regulations.

Columbia Labs uses LC/MS/MS to quan­tify the following mycotoxins:

  • Afla­toxin B1, B2, G1, G2
  • Deoxyni­valenol (DON)
  • Fumon­isin B1 & B2
  • Ochra­toxin A & B
  • T‑2 & HT‑2 Toxins
  • Zear­alenone (ZON)

Terpene Profiling

Terpenes give cannabis it’s distinc­tive flavor and aroma. These compounds may enhance cannabis prod­ucts’ effec­tive­ness and define quality.

Columbia Labs tests for terpenes using GC/MS, show­casing your prod­ucts with a 40-terpene profile.

Micro­bi­ology

Columbia consis­tently scores at or near 100% in micro­bi­ology profi­ciency testing from the Amer­ican Profi­ciency Institute.

We provide AOAC methods for a wide range of sectors including:

  • Pathogen testing
  • Quality indi­ca­tors
  • Sani­ta­tion monitoring
  • Product testing
  • Confir­ma­tion and consul­ta­tion for your in-house QC lab

Rapid return for pathogen testing. (2 Day Turnaround)

Services are offered a la cart and several recom­mended profiles for cannabis and infused prod­ucts are avail­able, such as:

  • Profile G (recom­mended for topicals/​cosmetics)
    Aerobic Plate Count, Coliforms and E.Coli, Salmo­nella spp., Staphy­lo­coccus, Yeast and Mold
  • Profile X (recom­mended for edibles/​ingestible products) 
    Aerobic Plate Count, Ecoli O157, Listeria spp., Salmo­nella spp., Staphy­lo­coccus, Yeast and Mold

Shelf Life and Stability Studies

Columbia Labs offers real time studies and accel­er­ated studies for raw ingre­di­ents and infused products.

You can customize analyses and intervals:

  • Shelf life: testing micro­bi­o­log­ical cont­a­m­i­nants at inter­vals to estab­lish an expi­ra­tion or best-by date.
  • Stability: testing potency at inter­vals and tracking the conver­sion of cannabi­noids over time, while control­ling envi­ron­mental factors.
Our consul­tants will work with you to estab­lish time and testing para­me­ters for your study.

Labelling

Columbia provides data for FDA nutri­tional labeling plus optional nutri­ents, vita­mins, major food allergens.

We also conduct analysis for quality para­me­ters, cont­a­m­i­nants, and preservatives.

  • Pet Food – Guar­an­teed Analysis 
    Calo­ries (Metab­o­liz­able Energy), Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, Mois­ture (Loss on Drying), Ash
  • Oregon Cannabis Nutri­tion Label 
    Carbo­hy­drates, Calo­ries, Choles­terol, Sugars, Fat Sodium

Sampling/​Courier Services

Our trained sampling team is TNI-Accred­ited for Envi­ron­mental Sampling in Wash­ington and Oregon.

We are certi­fied to sample cannabis in Oregon and offer courier and sampling services throughout Oregon, upon request. To request Cannabis compli­ance sampling please fill out and return the down­load­able request form below.

Sampling Fees

  • Option to waive fees with an analyt­ical minimum
  • Range: $50 + $10/ sample to $150 + $10/ sample.
For ques­tions about sampling or to schedule a sampling event please email: sampling.​cfl@​tentamus.​com

CANAM Full Panel

Test for CPDHE, CA, OR, NY, FL and Cana­dian require­ments- all with one ulti­mate profile.

CANAM FULL PANEL
CODE TEST METHOD QTY
H0014 Potency – Cannabi­noid Basic Profile * J AOAC 2015 V98‑6 10g/​2g
H0042 Myco­toxins- Cannabis AOAC 2007.01 & EN 15662 (mod) 10g/​2g
H0013 Metals by ICP/MS (As, Cd, Pb & Hg) AOAC 2013.06 (mod) 10g/​2g
P2140 Pesti­cide – CanAm AOAC 2007.01 & EN 15662 (mod) 10g/​2g
H0024 Residual Solvents – CanAM EPA5021A 10g/​2g
M7000 Colorado Micro Profile (APC, STEC, Salmo­nella, Total Coliform, Yeast & Mold) 35 – 70g

CALI­FORNIA ADDITIONS
H0030 Terpenes J AOAC 2015 V98‑6 10g/​2g
M284 Aspergillus profile Aspergillus in Cannabis 1g
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Cannabis – Oregon
(OLCC/ OHA) Compliance

We were the first Cannabis testing lab in Oregon, the first to be ISO accred­ited. We offer unri­valled accu­racy and customer care for OLCC compli­ance analysis.

From seed to sale, we accu­rately quan­tify safety and quality para­me­ters using:

  • Vetted methods
  • Advanced instru­men­ta­tion
  • Strict quality controls
  • Decades of expertise

Our services extend beyond state compli­ance require­ments, to repre­sent your prod­ucts in the open market with mean­ingful data. Services for hemp/​cannabis are ISO 17025:2017 accred­ited, as well as TNI certified.

OHA/OLCC regulations

OR Compli­ance Full Panel
CODE TEST METHOD QTY
H0014 Potency – Cannabi­noid Basic Profile * J AOAC 2015 V98‑6 10g/​2g
P2120 Pesti­cide – Oregon AOAC 2007.01 & EN 15662 (mod) 10g/​2g
H0008 Residual Solvents – Oregon EPA5021A 10g/​2g
H0042 Myco­toxins – Cannabis AOAC 2007.01 & EN 15662 (mod) 10g/​2g
H0013 Metals by ICP/MS (As, Cd, Pb & Hg) AOAC 2013.06 (mod) 10g/​2g
H0030 Terpenes J AOAC 2015 V98‑6 10g/​2g

Hemp – Colorado
(CDPHE) Compliance

We are CDPHE accred­ited, and offer more than just CDPHE compli­ance analysis, elevating our Colorado Hemp clients into new markets, while achieving CDPHE compli­ance and best practices.

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