LABORATORY RESULTS

Our products are standardized to contain specific quantities of cannabinoids. We lab test all of our products to ensure quality and consistency and we manufacture to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) standards. We  guarantee that our products are made from 100% organic hemp and free of synthetic ingredients.


CANNABINOID HPLC

High-performance liquid chromatography, is a technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component in a mixture. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid absorbent material. Each component in the sample interacts slightly differently with the adsorbent material, causing different flow rates for the different components and leading to the separation of the components as they flow out the column.

HPLC has been used for:

-Manufacturing (e.g. during the production process of pharmaceutical and biological products) 

-Legal (e.g. detecting performance enhancement drugs in urine) 

-Research (e.g. separating the components of a complex biological sample, or of similar synthetic chemicals from each other)

-Medical (e.g. detecting vitamin D levels in blood serum) 

PESTICIDE SCREENING

To meet the expectations of consumers, supermarkets and government, our growers employ a range of pest control measures to ensure that produce is plentiful and blemish free. With hundreds of pesticides available and increasingly stringent controls and regulations, it is essential that comprehensive pesticide residues testing is carried out to ensure the safety of the food chain.


 

HEAVY METALS TEST

Arsenic and other heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury are all considered toxic and have adverse health effects in human metabolism. Accumulation of heavy metals in the food chain can occur by bio-concentration e.g. from water or the food source. Main intake sources of heavy metals are fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, nuts and cereals. In the case of lead, drinking water is also of major importance. Since the toxicological effects of heavy metals and arsenic on babies and infants are of special relevance, the safety of baby food is also in the spotlight.


MICROBIOLOGICAL SCREENING

Microbiological analysis is the use of biological, biochemical, molecular or chemical methods for the detection, identification or enumeration of microorganisms in a material (e.g. food, drink, environmental or clinical sample). It is often applied to disease causing and spoilage microorganisms.

End-product testing remains a vital part of any food manufacturing control strategy. In products in which microorganisms can survive and grow, routine microbiological analysis is important to confirm that manufacturing control mechanisms are effective. It is also necessary for the checking of raw material quality (e.g. to confirm that they are within specification), or for investigating customer complaints.

At MCU Botanicals, we undertake a wide range of tests covering pathogens, spoilage organisms, and indicator organisms (those that, although not a problem in themselves, might indicate that there is a potential or hidden problem in the production chain). We can also identify unknown microorganisms, and classify them to a specific strain. This all takes place in a purpose built laboratory suite, which provides excellent separation of activities and the highest standard of laboratory practice.

TERPENOID TEST

Terpenes are the substances responsible for aroma. Their capacity to interact is also being researched to understand how to alter their effect. Recent studies show that the β-Caryophyllene terpene, as happens with some cannabinoids, has affinity for CB2 receptors, which is the reason why it is also classed as a cannabinoid.