Cannabis testing made easy.
From QC and compliance testing to R&D analysis into potential marijuana products, Fidelity Diagnostics is the industry leader in fast and accurate cannabis testing. Ordering and testing through Fidelity are easy with Confident Cannabis.
The Testing Process
Fidelity Diagnostics processes and analyzes your product. The test results, or Certificate of Analysis (COA), get uploaded to your profile on Confident Cannabis for you to view or download at any time. While on your Confident Cannabis profile, you can order new tests, search and review past tests, and view analytical data calculated from your results. Our LIM system has unparalleled search features that enable you to track important data over time.
Order with ease from a mobile phone or computer in three simple steps. Log in to your Confident Cannabis profile, fill out the test information, and pay. Order today and get results on your cannabis products.
Schedule a pick-up for your cannabis products from one of our field technicians during your order. Receive updates on your phone and email as our technicians are dispatched to your facility.
Our range of state-of-the-art cannabis testing equipment and cutting-edge laboratory diagnostic techniques are optimized to be the most accurate for testing in Montana for cannabis and marijuana.
Access all of your previous tests through our LIM system, Confident Cannabis. Review, compare, and even share your results easily to your dispensary website. Test with confidence, and test with Fidelity.
Cannabinoid Potency Testing
Whether you are assessing the viability of a new strain or getting your flower and end products ready for sale, knowing what cannabinoids are present and the specific concentration of each is vital. Fidelity Diagnostics utilizes very precise techniques with High-Performance Liquid Chromatography combined with the latest technology allowing us to quickly and accurately determine the levels of cannabinoids (THCa, Δ9-THC, Δ8-THC, THCV, CBDa, CBD, CBN, CBGa, CBG, CBC) found in any sample.
Knowing exactly what concentrations of THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids are present in your end product is not only required but because as a business owner, grower, formulator, or patient, being able to accurately dose your medicine or products to allow for consistency and quality should be a priority. Potency can also be used to analyze the viability of your proprietary methods and practices.
Terpene Profile Analysis
Terpenes can be used as a measuring stick for the genetic potential of a specific cultivar. Due to the vast hybridization of the cannabis genus, successive generations of the same plant may lose their genetic potential. Regular testing and test comparisons/data analysis can be used to determine if genome potential is being maximized across time. The terpene and cannabinoid profiles are important factors in determining if these metrics are met. Fidelity Diagnostics analyzes a range of diverse terpenes found in cannabis. These terpenes impact many of the pharmacological effects of cannabis. Fidelity is able to analyze and quantify the amounts of these chemicals by utilizing Gas Chromatography (GC) and Flame Ionization Detector (FID); both of these methods are fast and accurate. With more consumers of cannabis looking for terpene profiles, this analysis is vital for a high-quality product and a service that is demanded by sophisticated customers. Test with Fidelity.
In general, terpenes can be classified into six major groups:
These terpenes are the largest contributors to smell and taste and have been shown to have many pharmacological benefits. Some examples of Monoterpenes are Limonene, Pinene, Myrcene, and Terpineol.
Studies show that these terpenes have anti-inflammatory properties and sensitize tumor cells to conventional drug treatments. Some examples of Sesquiterpenes are Humulene, Farnesene, and Farnesol.
These secondary metabolites are biosynthesized by plants, animals, and fungi and are found in other plants, such as the coffee tree. Studies show particular compounds in Diterpenes may help fight cardiovascular diseases.
Triterpenes are a group of terpenes found in plant gums and resins. In cannabis, these terpenes can be found in trace amounts in the roots.
Tetraterpenes, which occur in all plants, bacteria, and fungi, are probably the most widely distributed of all-natural pigments.
These are the heaviest of all of the types of terpenes found in cannabis, and make up a lot of the resinous fluid in the xylem of the plant.
Residual Solvent Analysis
Solvents are a fundamental part of extracting and concentrating cannabinoids. Even if you produce products that don’t directly use solvents in their manufacturing, testing is also a way to prove your practices. Within the MMJ program, cannabis producers and providers can use FDA Class 3 solvents, but even with the use of these solvents, there are still limits that the state of Montana requires all products to test under.
Fidelity can accurately identify these solvents through a combination of Gas Chromatography (GC) and Mass Spectrometry (MS). When you want the most accurate results, with the fastest turnaround times and customer service that is unmatched, test with Fidelity.
These are the pesticide and herbicide limits for tested products. All of these values have been set by the MT DPHHS; all Action Limits constitute a failed test.
|Pesticide / Herbicide / Biocide||PPM in Flower||PPM in Extract|
Pesticides and Herbicides Screening
Screening and analyzing your products for the presence of pesticides is not only required by law, but it is also vital to ensure that your products are safe and clean. Pesticides can be classified within a larger group known as Biocides. These chemicals can be carcinogenic or biological in makeup. Biocides include fungicide, herbicide, and pesticides; all of these are harmful and even fatal in concentrations. These chemicals can persist in a grow room or structure long after they have been applied and may contaminate future generations of plants even if they have not been directly applied.
Why am I failing my pesticide testing?
In one of our latest journal posts, we discuss systemic pesticide usage and other potential causes for a failed biocide test.
Heavy Metal Screening
The cannabis plant uptakes heavy metals very easily. In some cases, cannabis has even been used in superfund site chemical remediation because of its inherent affinity to absorb metals like lead and cadmium. Yet it is this factor that makes it vital to check for the presence of these harmful elements in our medicine and food-grade products. Many off-the-shelf bottled nutrients and soil substrates, especially those with some percentage of waste in them, literally contain hot beads of heavy metals like zinc, cadmium, lead, and mercury. It is for this reason that heavy metal testing is important to determine if a given sample of cannabis is safe for consumption.
Heavy metal contamination is a very real concern. The introduction of these elements can happen through a multitude of routes. Luckily Fidelity can help you identify and address these problems and even work on strategies to keep this from happening in the future. Trust in Fidelity.
No one wants mold on their product, but the presence of mycotoxin-bearing mold is a real concern when growing, processing, and packaging your cannabis products. Cannabis oils, like those found throughout the non-flowering regions of the plant including the seeds, are advantageous microorganismal environments that promote the growth of invasive molds. These hostile organisms can quickly take over much of the organic matter without you even noticing. Small errors in handling, processing, and packaging may open your product up to contamination, no matter what part of the plant the product was made from.
Fidelity Diagnostics can test your samples for Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, and Ochratoxin A using the latest testing methods. At Fidelity, we use a combination of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to get the most accurate results on any mold spores or toxins.
All mycotoxins must be under <20 μg/kg of the sample.
Fidelity Diagnostics utilizes Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) screening to identify the bacteria and microorganism content along with the pathogenic risk of a given sample. Microbes may contribute to many non-infectious chronic diseases such as some forms of cancer and coronary heart diseases. Different diseases are caused by different types of microorganisms. Bacteria are a major cause of microbial pathogens. Microbial pathogens are microorganisms that are capable of producing disease. Virtually all groups of bacteria have some members that are pathogens.
In order to ensure quality, consistency, and compliance in your products, testing for bacterial pathogens in your pharmaceutical and consumer products is crucial in all industries.
Our PCR and TMC screening identifies:
- Salmonella bacteria strains
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria strains
- Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2
- Ochratoxin A, B, C, TA
- Other bactieria and molds with assoctiated toxins
Fidelity Diagnostics is dedicated to pursuing the most advanced screening and testing methods and only we can give you the fastest, most accurate test. Test with Fidelity.
Mold count as of 2019 can not be above ＜10,000 cfu. In microbiology, a colony-forming unit (CFU, cfu, Cfu) is a unit used to estimate the number of viable bacteria or fungal cells in a sample.
Salmonella and E-coli must be non-detectable in 1 gram of material in order to pass state requirements for safety and cleanliness.
Foreign Matter Imaging
Here are just a few of the common contaminants we can scan for and may lead to a failed test:
|Foreign Matter||Percent (%)|
|Dirt and soil||2|
|Stems < 3mm||5|
Foreign matter can be a vector for pathogens from micro-organismal sources, and it is these sources of contamination like hair, sand, or dirt that act as a transport for toxins and disease. Fidelity can test for these pathogens directly. Through the use of microscope imaging, we can identify many contaminants. Let us validate your products and identify and fix problems before they occur. Test with Fidelity.
Cannabis is a plant that is full of water. In fact, the entire plant is almost 95% water. If you have ever processed fresh cannabis, the differences between a fresh plant and the finished flower that makes it to the shelf are vast. Ensuring the correct moisture content in your finished product is important for two reasons; first, having the proper moisture content can make the difference between a truly great flower and a desiccated subpar flower or product. The second reason to test for moisture is that water promotes life, and a moisture content that is too high can lead to micro-organismal growth and contamination by a range of pathogens. We can assure your products are at the same consistent, exceptional level you expect every time.
Montana State Law dictates that moisture higher than 12% is considered a Failure of the Product.
When we test for moisture, Fidelity Diagnostics utilizes Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) in which the analyzer continuously measures mass while the temperature of a sample is changed over time. This allows us to very accurately identify the exact moisture content so there is no question about your products and methods. Test with Fidelity.