Cannabis Standards

Cannabis Standards

Accurate and reliable characterization of both purity and potency in Cannabis products is dependent on the use of high-quality reference standards. These standards form the foundation of your analytical results – from method development and validation to instrument calibrations, to daily quality controls and system suitability checks.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of analytical standards and certified reference materials (CRMs) – promoting safe and effective Cannabis products to patients and consumers. From analytical sample preparation to high purity solvents, columns, and CRMs, we provide standards for the testing of terpenes, cannabinoids, pesticides, mycotoxins, and heavy metals, in addition to Cannabis potency testing and more.  


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Cannabinoid Standards

Ensuring an accurate cannabinoid profile is essential, whether you produce a CBD-infused consumer product or cultivate medicinal Cannabis with stringent potency tolerances. Cerilliant® offers an industry-leading selection of cannabinoid CRMs paired with the assurance of double accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034. The constantly growing selection includes acidic and neutral phytocannabinoids, metabolites, synthetic cannabinoids, and stable isotope-labeled internal standards.

Terpene Standards

Terpenes are the primary aromatic constituents of Cannabis resin and essential oils. These compounds vary in type and concentration among different Cannabis cultivars (strains). Terpenes can modulate and modify the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabinoids. Therefore, the analysis of terpenes is critical in identifying Cannabis strain and their medical efficacy. Explore our broad selection of CRMs for routinely analyzed terpenes, including convenient ready-to-use mixes.

Pesticide Standards

The use of pesticides is tightly controlled across geographies with legalized Cannabis production. To comply with regulatory agencies, and to ensure the safety and efficiency of Cannabis products, accurate and consistent analysis of pesticide residues is of utmost importance. Choose from our broad range of pesticide standards for Cannabis testing and analysis that fit your application needs.

Elemental Impurity Standards

Cannabis shows a strong tendency to accumulate heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in its tissues. Hence, it is sometimes utilized as a tool in the bioremediation of contaminated sites. However, when Cannabis is cultivated for human consumption, and especially when being concentrated into extracts/oils, it becomes vital to precisely determine heavy metal contamination in raw materials and finished goods.

Explore our extensive line of TraceCERT® and Certipur® CRMs, comprising single component and multi-component mixes, suitable for ICP/AAS method development, calibration, and quality control. They meet all the demanding requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034.

Residual Solvents

Cannabis concentrates and blends are often extracted using organic solvents. If the solvent is leftover in the sample it can negatively impact product quality, potency, and human health. These solvents are difficult to detect visually but rely on chromatographic techniques such as GC Headspace.

With a range of Cannabis-specific CRM mixes, as well as United States Pharmacopeia (USP)-traceable pharmaceutical secondary standards designed around USP <467> method, your lab’s residual solvent analysis can be built on a solid foundation by incorporating accurate and reproducible standards.

Fungal Toxin Standards

Due to unique morphological characteristics, medical Cannabis plants are more susceptible to fungal contamination than Cannabis plants that are grown for non-medical use. The fungi infected Cannabis can produce toxic, secondary fungal metabolites known as mycotoxins. These toxins, even in small amounts at the ppb level, can pose a serious threat to pulmonary or immunocompromised patients.

Choose from our wide variety of analytical standards to routinely test all regulated mycotoxins in Cannabis. This range of standards includes single and multi-component standard solutions, 13C-isotope labeled internal standards, CRMs, and dried down standards.

Karl Fischer CRMs

Karl Fischer titration is the “gold standard” in water content determination. The Aquastar® line of Karl Fischer titrants and CRMs offer a convenient and reliable system of reagents to accurately determine water content in your Cannabis products. Aquastar® CRMs are also used in periodic checks as a part of routine quality control to ensure accuracy and to proactively identify instrument issues.

As with all our CRMs, Aquastar® CRMs are certified in an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab and produced under the scope of ISO 17034.

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