Our expert team constantly works to be on the cutting edge of science/technology, and ensuring that our measurement comparability and competency is the best it can be. 

With that being said – we are excited to announce that during this past January, Highgrade Labs was proud to participate in the NIST-sponsored CannaQap study. 

Keep following along with this blog as we highlight some important details about the NIST and CannaQap, while sharing our preliminary results.


About NIST

First, before we can talk about our preliminary CannaQap results, let us cover some basics about the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). Here is the institute’s ongoing mission, as per their website: 

To promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.


About the CannaQap Measurement Service

Next, let’s get a bit more specific as we talk about CannaQap. The CannaQap program was developed in order to assist cannabis testing laboratories in demonstrating and improving measurement comparability and competence:

A QAP can be viewed as a perpetual interlaboratory study mechanism that is akin to a proficiency testing (PT) scheme but without the pass/fail grade. 

All results from QAP studies are peer-reviewed and made publicly available as published NIST Internal Reports (IRs), however the identities of individual laboratories are anonymized and known only to them and NIST.  

Examples of labs that can stand to benefit from participation in CannaQap include: 

  1. Forensic labs that are set up to distinguish hemp from marijuana
  2. Labs that are specializing in testing cannabis products for quality control
  3. Regulators that are performing inspections for compliance
  4. Research labs that are working to conduct clinical trials regarding cannabinoids


Our CannaQap Preliminary Results

We fully believe in the value of information and transparency when it comes to quality/safety within the legal cannabis and hemp industries, and so we were happy to participate in NIST’s CannaQap.

And now, we have come to the really exciting part; you might be curious as to our preliminary results, and we certainly cannot blame you!

Needless to say, we were beyond thrilled to learn that we were right on target (!) with NIST,  as well as the averages for the other participating laboratories across the nation.

Furthermore, in the below graph, you will find our results as compared with the Mean for THC, CBD, and Mercury. 

In addition to the results comparison in the above graph, you will find our full preliminary results here.


Highgrade: Our Cannabis & Hemp Lab Testing Services

Finally, you might be wondering, “What exactly does Highrade Labs test for?” 

Here are our current services: 

  • Terpene Profile
  • Cannabinoid Potency
  • Residual Solvents 
  • Microbials
  • Heavy Metals
  • Mycotoxins
  • Lipids
  • Water Activity
  • Pesticides


If you are looking to find out more about our excellent array of cannabis and hemp lab testing services, be sure to visit our services page

Multi State Cannabis Testing Labs: Check Out Our Growing List of Highgrade Labs Locations!

Above all else, Highgrade Labs was founded in order to take the guesswork out of cannabis and hemp testing

With several Highgrade locations currently in operation in states such as Arizona, Oklahoma, and Maryland (& coming soon to New Jersey!) — our team is always striving to use state-of-the-art technology in an effort to achieve fast and consistent lab testing results. Contact us to talk about your requirements, today!

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