Cannabis & Hemp Testing Resources

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Cannabis Testing Laboratory Solutions Brochure

cannabis testing life science brochure

Hemp Testing Laboratory Solutions Brochure

Hemp testing solutions brochure

The twelve-page cannabis brochure and hemp brochure provide a general overview of potency testing, terpene profiling, pesticide analysis, residual solvents, heavy metals and moisture content. From balances to HPLCs and GCMS, Shimadzu has you covered!


The Rise of Cannabinomics

the rise of cannabinomics

U.S. Medical Marijuana Empowers A
Cannabis Laboratory Revolution (PDF)

The Analytical Scientist

the analytical scientist

Unraveling the Cannabinome (PDF)

A Closer Look at Cannabis Testing

A Closer Look at Cannabis Testing

New to cannabis testing?
Download this whitepaper (PDF)

GCMS and LCMS Fundamentals

Basic Principles and Theory of GCMS and LCMS

Shimadzu has a long-standing history of GCMS and LCMS.  In these two primers, which serve as textbooks as well as practical application guides, we describe the principles of GCMS and LCMS and provide a better understanding of the innovative technology behind mass spectrometry.


Fundamentals of GCMS  Fundamentals of LCMS 

CBD Market Report - Comprehensive US CBD Consumer Report


Inflorescence Application Notes

Technical Report - Potency Calculation and Reporting of 21 Cannabinoids in LabSolutions using the Cannabis Analyzer for Potency
Application News - Determination of 18 Cannabinoids in Hemp & Tinctures by High-Resolution HPLC
Determination of Cannabidiol and Additional Cannabinoid Content in Hemp Tea
Application News - The Determination of CBD and General Cannabinoid Content in Hemp Oils Using HPLC with UV Detection
Technical Report - Analysis of THC and CBD Content in Hemp Oil Using GC-FID and Hydrogen Carrier Gas
Application News - The Potency Determination of 15 Cannabinoids using the Hemp Analyzer
Application News - Analysis of 9 Cannabinoids by Supercritical Fluid Chromatography
Application News - A Study of Filter Types Used in Sample Preparation of Cannabis/Hemp with HPLC Analysis
Application News - The Potency Determination of 15 Cannabinoids using the Cannabis Analyzer for Potency
Application News - Quantitative Analysis of 16 Cannabinoids with Complete Baseline Separation of D8 and D9 THC Utilizing the Triple Quad LCMS-8050
Application News - In-Source Fragmentation of 16 Cannabinoids Using Single Quadrupole LC-MS
Application News - Quantitative Analysis of Cannabinoids using the LCMS-8040 Triple Quad MS
Application News - Quantitative Analysis of Cannabinoids using the LCMS-2020 Single Quad MS
Application News - Potency Testing in Cannabis Extracts Using a High Sensitivity Method with the Cannabis Analyzer for Potency
Application News - The Potency Determination of 16 Cannabinoids by UHPLC with Diode-Array Detection
Technical Report - Choosing the Right Instrumentation for Cannabinoid Analysis
Terpenes & Testing Magazine - HPLC Method Development for Baseline Resolution of Seventeen Cannabinoids
The preservation and augmentation of volatile terpenes in cannabis inflorescence
Application News - Simplified Cannabis Terpene Profiling by GCMS
Volatile Composition and Sensory Properties as Quality Attributes of Fresh and Dried Hemp Flowers
Application News - California and Oregon’s Complete Residual Pesticide Analysis using a Shimadzu LCMS 8060
Application News - California and Oregon Residual Pesticide Analysis using APCI with LC-MS/MS
LCMS-8060 and GCMS-TQ8050 - Analysis of Pesticides and Mycotoxins in Cannabis
Terpenes & Testing Magazine - Increasing Return on Investment (ROI) for Pesticide Analysis in Cannabis
Application News - Quantitation of Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and Ochratoxin A in Cannabis by LC Using Prominence-i and the RF-20Axs Fluorescence Detector
Residual Solvents
Application News - Oregon Residual Solvent Analysis Method for Cannabis/Hemp using a Single Quad GCMS with Headspace
Poster - Selective and Sensitive Analysis of 20 Category I & II Residual Solvents for Cannabis Application using Headspace-GCMS
Heavy Metals
Heavy Metals and Cannabis - The challenges of measuring heavy metals in cannabis and cannabis-infused products
Customized Solutions for e-liquids and e-juices analysis
Application News - Moisture Content of Cannabis and Hemp Flower as Measured with a Shimadzu MOC63u Moisture Analyzer
Application News - Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Analysis in Vaping E-Liquid by UHPLC-PDA
Customized Solutions for e-liquids and e-juices analysis


Cannabis Industry Journal's #1 Most Read Article of 2019

Analytical Instruments You Need to Start a Cannabis Testing Laboratory by Bob Clifford, Shimadzu

From using an HPLC for potency testing to an LC-MS/MS for mycotoxin analysis, find out what instruments you need in a lab to get started.

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Shimadzu's Hemp Analyzer Recognized

The Cannabis Scientist Innovation Awards - Shimadzu Hemp Analyzer

Shimadzu is honored to be awarded by independent judges at Cannabis Scientist Magazine for its Hemp Analyzer for cannabinoid analysis, recognized as one of the “Top 5 Tools” that have made cannabis scientists’ lives easier. The judges said...

“I have used both the Hemp Analyzer and Cannabis Analyzer in the field. This instrument revolutionizes potency analysis and is extremely user-friendly.”

“It is important for growers to be able to do testing due to the legal and financial risk involved in growing hemp. Simplifying LC is likely a better approach than some of the other technologies, due to the legal requirements involved. Results can also be correlated with laboratory results.”

Click on the link to learn about other innovations that streamline the cannabis analysis workflow. Use a browser other than Internet Explorer to access Cannabis Scientist Magazine.


Thank you for the recognition

The Cannabis Scientist Power List 2020 - Shimadzu's Scott Kuzdzal and Robert Clifford

On behalf of Shimadzu, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to our customers and partners for voting Scott Kuzdzal and Robert Clifford to The Cannabis Scientist’s Power List for 2020. Inclusion in this list would not have been possible without your support. This recognition is also a testament to the entire Shimadzu team of dedicated product managers & specialists, tech support scientists, and service engineers, and we thank all team members for their commitment to the cannabis industry.
We will do our very best to continue earning your support. Thank you again!

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An interview with Bon Clifford PhD: Why is analytical testing important in the cannabis industry?


Validation of Cannabinoids by HPLC-UV

Cannabis has regained much attention as a result of updated legislation authorizing many different uses and can be classified on the basis of the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychotropic substance for which there are legal limitations in many countries. For this purpose, accurate qualitative and quantitative determination is essential. The relationship between THC and cannabidiol (CBD) is also significant as the latter substance is endowed with many specific and non-psychoactive proprieties. For these reasons, it becomes increasingly important and urgent to utilize fast, easy, validated, and harmonized procedures for determination of cannabinoids. The procedure described herein allows rapid determination of 10 cannabinoids from the inflorescences of Cannabis sativa L. by extraction with organic solvents. Separation and subsequent detection are by RP-HPLC-UV. Quantification is performed by an external standard method through the construction of calibration curves using pure standard chromatographic reference compounds.

Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp

Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp

Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp offers a comprehensive guide to the entire cannabis industry for measuring elemental contaminants in cannabis and hemp. For testing labs, it
describes fundamental principles and practical capabilities of ICP-MS and other AS techniques for measuring heavy metals in cannabis. For state regulators, it compares maximum contaminant limits of heavy metals with those for federally-regulated pharmaceutical materials. For cultivators and processors it helps them to better understand the many sources of heavy metals in cannabis. And for consumers of medical cannabis, it highlights the importance of choosing cannabis products that are safe to use.


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Shimadzu provides a wide array of powerful technologies for cannabis and hemp testing laboratories. Primary applications and platforms are listed below: 

Application Platform
Cannabinoid Potency Testing HPLC / UHPLC
Terpene Profiling GC, GCMS(/ MS)
Pesticide Analysis LCMS/MS, GCMS/MS
Residual Solvents GC, GCMS(/MS)
Heavy Metals ICPMS
Mycotoxin/Aflatoxin Analysis LCMS
Moisture Content MOC63u Moisture BalanceAnalytical Balances

Cannabis Consumables:

In addition to providing the best instrument platforms for your cannabis testing needs, Shimadzu offers a wide range of consumables – from cannabinoid standards, columns, and vials to solvents and sample preparation devices – to keep your laboratory running efficiently.

Download our Cannabis Consumables brochure and our NexLeaf™ Columns flier to learn more.

NexLeaf™ Columns Quality Assurance Report

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