For Terpenes, Residual Solvents, and Cannabinoids

Agilent 6890 GC-FID

Gas Chromatography (GS) is the industry-standard for lab testing of terpenes and residual solvents in cannabis. GC can also measure cannabinoids, although it has limitations when compared to an HPLC. Namely that because GC cannabis testing must volatilize the sample, any acid-cannabinoids become decarboxylated to their neutral form. This means that both the acid and neutral form of a given cannabinoid will be measured together as a single number. While FID is sufficient for most cannabis applications, we also carry GC-MS configurations for extra selectivity or certain target analytes.

AIM's standard recommendation for gas chromatography is the Agilent 6890; although other models such as 7890 are available. Each system comes with the analytical method preloaded and an SOP for sample-preparation. Installation and training is available and usually lasts 1-2 days in which time you will be trained in the hardware, software, sample-preparation, calibration, data analysis and reporting.


  • The Standard GC for Cannabis Analysis Includes:
  • GC Mainframe
  • Split/Splitless Inlet
  • Flame-Ionization Detector
  • Liquid or Headspace Autosampler
  • PC Data System and Software

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Confused by all these acronyms? Start by checking out the Cannabis Testing Starter Guide to learn about which instrument may suit your needs!

Gas Chromatography (GC) can be used for cannabinoids, although it has limitations in comparison to HPLC. See the Cannabis Testing Starter Guide for more information.

An all-in-one cannabis startup kit is available for AIM's in-house terpenes, residual solvents, and cannabinoids methods

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