Residual Solvents2017-02-20T15:29:49-07:00

Residual Solvent Analysis

Patients are increasingly opting for potent cannabis concentrates like butter, hash oil, shatter, and wax. To make these products, cannabinoids and terpenoids are often isolated from the cannabis plant using a solvent-based extraction process. Solvents are then eliminated from the concentrate using heat, pressure, or other methods. This removal process is critical as all of these solvents, which pose health risks to patients.

Solvents Pose a Significant Health Hazard

Exposure to unsafe levels of solvents can be very dangerous to patients. Solvents have been linked to higher incidents of:

  • Cancer
  • Dermatitis
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Reproductive damage
  • Respiratory impairment
  • Toxicity to the nervous system

Our Testing Process

We use a Gas Chromatography (GC) process to quantify residual solvents commonly used to extract cannabinoids from concentrates, such as:

  • Acetone
  • Butane
  • Ethanol
  • Hexane
  • Isobutane
  • Isopentane
  • Isopropanol
  • Naphtha
  • Pentane
  • Propane