Heavy Metal Analysis

  • Fertilizer and soil contains metals. Some of these metals are toxic and known as heavy metals. As the cannabis plant grows these heavy metals can enter the plant. This is why heavy metal screening is important.
  • Hemp-derived products can be especially prone to heavy metals contamination due to the large amounts of plant material required to extract hemp-derived byproducts.
  • Heavy metal ingestion has been linked to damage to the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, lungs, kidneys, livers, endocrine glands, and bones. Chronic heavy metal exposure also increases the risk of degenerative diseases, including cancer.
  • At Demeter Labs, the concentration levels for hazardous heavy metals such as Cadmium (Cd), Arsenic (As), Lead (Pb) and Mercury(Hg) are measured.
    • We use inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry(ICP-MS) to test for heavy metal contamination at concentrations as low as one part per trillion.
    • In addition to its ultra-sensitivity, our ICP-MS equipment enables us to process samples and report results quickly.