Residual Solvents in cannabis Extracts

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Cannabis Residual Solvent Testing Information

Residual Solvents testing is a must for any extract, concentrate, or downstream cannabis product from which solvents have been used in order to protect consumer health. Cannabis and hemp extractors manufacturers should consider in-house process testing not only to protect their business and liability, but also as a great R&D tool to make sure they're removing solvents but keeping those valuable terpenes!

The tool of choice if you are testing for residual solvents in cannabis is a GC-FID or GC-MS. Put simply, the difference between the two is that a GC-MS offers some extra capabilities and lower detection limits compared to GC-FID, but at a higher equipment and running cost. Some state requirements necessitate the use of GC-MS due to the types of solvents and/or the detection limits required.

The preferred sample-introduction method for solvents testing is headspace. While it is possible to use liquid-injection for some applications, headspace produces much better results and more easily.

Contact Us for Expert Guidance in Cannabis Residual Solvent Testing

Contact us for expert assistance in choosing the right solution for your cannabis and hemp solvents testing . No two businesses are the same sand neither are any two testing solutions. We work with you to find the best fit for your needs, budget, and experience level.

All AIM cannabis residual solvent testing solutions come with a built-in method and SOP. We also offer installation and training either onsite or at our Colorado facility. All AIM equipment comes with warranty and support included.

  1. Cannabinoids/Potency
  2. Terpenes
  3. Residual Solvents
  4. Heavy Metals
  5. Pesticides

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  HPLC Headspace GC or GC-MS Liquid GC or GC-MS ICP-MS LC-MS/MS GC-MS/MS


Residual Solvents


Heavy Metals



** For simple solvent analysis only. Headspace is preferred for most applications

**** Supplementary to LC/MS MS for certain pesticide analytes