Confidence Analytics: Peeking Inside a Cannabis Testing Lab
Confidence Analytics is an I-502 cannabis testing laboratory in Washington state. Their 9,000 square-foot facility is located in Redmond and has been in operation since April 2014. They were the second lab in the state to become certified and performed the first tests of product samples under the I-502 adult-use marketplace.
We recently had the chance to tour their facility and sit down for a talk with Nick Mosely, Chief Science Officer, and Bobby Hines, Chief Technology Officer, to learn more about what their company is all about.Nick Mosely (left) is the Chief Science Officer for Confidence Analytics and Bobby Hines (right) is the company ’ s Chief Technology Officer.
Confidence Analytics offers a range of cannabis testing options to producer/processors. They perform tests on products such as green plant material (flower, trim, keif and bubble hash), solvent-based extracts (concentrates extracted using ethanol, butane, propane, or supercritical CO2), and edibles (which are only tested for THC potency). They are required to test for potency, microbial contaminants, and pesticides — but also offer other voluntary tests like terpene profiles.Samples of cannabis products submitted to Confidence Analytics for analysis. UHPLC and HPLC models sit next to the fume hood, used for cannabinoid analysis. Employee Levi Boss looks inspects a large culture plate of fungus on the monitor as part of the testing lab ’ s process of investigating product samples. Levi Boss checks a culture on a slide under the microscope. 131
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