About SC Labs

SC Laboratories services all of California from four locations:

Santa Cruz Lab
Mon – Sat • 10am to 6pm
100 Pioneer Street, Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(866) 435-0709

Santa Ana Lab
Mon – Fri • 10am to 6pm
1822 Carnegie Ave,
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(866) 435-0709

Santa Rosa Field Office
Mon – Fri • 10am to 5pm
1066 4th Street, Suite D
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
By appt: (707) 230-5008

Portland, Oregon: COMING SOON!

SC Labs is an analytical testing laboratory. SC Labs does not cultivate, produce, process, distribute or sell cannabis or cannabis products. We list products with images and analytical test results on our website as a way to show consumers that a particular product has been analyzed for potency and safety in our lab. 
With passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act in 2016 the State of California will begin requiring safety and dosage testing of both recreational and medical cannabis and cannabis products. Each batch of cannabis produced will be need to be tested for cannabinoid content as well as pesticides, residual solvents, microbiological pathogens, and heavy metals. The state released draft recommendations for testing regulations in the spring of 2017 and held public comment hearings thereafter. We anticipate that the state will issue final emergency regulations for 2018 in late fall of 2017 that will outline exact testing requirements including which analytes will need to be tested as well as action limits for contaminants. SC Laboratories is busy preparing to meet all of your regulatory testing needs for 2018 and beyond. We are one of the first California testing laboratories to receive ISO 17025 accreditation which will be mandatory for cannabis testing laboratories under the new regulations.

More information on California regulations can be found at http://bmcr.ca.gov.

SC Labs Message to Competitors:

As the only all organic, sun grown, event of its’ kind, the Emerald Cup has been at the forefront of promoting safety and quality standards in the cannabis industry. SC Laboratories has been the official testing partner of the Emerald Cup since our inception and we are proud of the work the Emerald Cup and SC Labs have done to promote safety, best practices, and quality control in the cannabis industry over the past eight years.

This year SC Labs will be testing the entries for cannabinoid levels, terpene concentration, pesticide residues, microbiological contamination, and residual solvents. Below are explanations to help you better understand each test. To learn more about the tests we perform as well as cannabis science in general, visit sclabs.com or feel free to contact us directly with any questions regarding testing.

Cannabinoids: SC Labs test identifies and measures the concentration of 14 different cannabinoids found in cannabis. Besides THC and CBD, we also quantify CBN, CBG, CBC, THCV, and CBDV as well as each cannabinoid’s acidic counterpart (THCA, CBDA, etc.). Cannabinoid concentrations are reported as a percentage by weight in flowers and concentrates and in mg/g for edibles and infused products.

Terpenes: As the most important quality indicators in cannabis flowers and extracts, terpene concentrations are the best quantitative indicators in predicting the outcome of contests like the chalice cup. When it comes to terpenes, the numbers don’t lie. Each year the entrants with the highest terpene contents place the highest in the cup. Our terpene test measures the concentration of 34 different terpene and terpenoid compounds in each sample.

Pesticides: More than any other topic, pesticide contamination in the cannabis crop will be the most controversial issue as California begins to regulate cannabis with mandatory quality control testing. Growers and producers will need to accommodate these regulations by phasing out the use of certain pesticides. In the absence of final pesticide regulations in California, SC Labs has developed and validated a pesticide assay and set reporting limits using pesticide regulations developed by the state of Oregon as our model. The pesticide assay will identify and measure the concentration of several pesticides commonly used on cannabis. Any detection above our reporting limits will lead to a disqualification from the event. A reporting limit is the minimum concentration of an analyte (in this instance a pesticide) that our tests can measure. As the extraction process for cannabis concentrates pesticides as well, it is advised that all entrants pretest their extracts unless they have knowledge of all parts of the production process for the raw materials used to make the extract. We reserve the right to update the pesticide testing requirements based on changes to relevant regulations before the event.

Microbiological Contamination: SC Labs performs two types of microbiological assays. The first type quantifies the total bacterial and fungus populations on the material. These assays called total aerobic plate count and total yeast and mold respectively give an indication of the overall quality and potential shelf life of the product but not its’ overall safety as bacteria and fungus are ubiquitous in our environment. As such total aerobic plate count and total yeast and mold will not be used to disqualify entries. The second type of microbiological tests we perform are those that identify the presence of potentially pathogenic bacteria or molds. Detection of pathogenic microorganisms (eg pathogenic species of salmonella, E coli, or aspergillus) will lead to disqualification. We reserve the right to update the microbiological testing requirements based on changes to relevant regulations before the event.

Residual Solvents: As an all organic, sun grown, event, the Emerald Cup does not accept extracts produced with chemical solvents. As such, any detection of a non-organically derived solvent (eg. Ethanol) will lead to a disqualification. Extracts with more than 500 ppm of ethanol or another organically derived solvent will be disqualified as well.

For more information on The Emerald Cup’s safety testing standards, please view the competition guide at https://theemeraldcup.com/2017_guide/TEC_Competition_Guide_2017_v3.pdf.

Getting Started

At SC Labs we like to think of ourselves as more than just an analytical testing lab. We provide business solutions for cannabis companies. Some of the services that we provide free of charge as when you test with us include a customizable client profile page on sclabs.com, marketing materials that include unique labels, strain cards, QR codes and watermarked analysis reports. We also offer API integration to 3rd party sites, seamless IT integration, and a dedicated customer service team. Beyond that, SC Labs is an industry leader in promoting cannabis education. We provide budtender trainings for collectives and educational materials for patients. Our close relationship with weedmaps.com ensures that your test results from SC Labs are easily transferred to your menu page on the world’s largest cannabis network. You can find more information here.

We have couriers that cover the Bay Area, Arcata, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Palm Springs, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, Santa Ana and High Desert. Your customer service representative will get to know you and your testing needs and call you weekly to schedule your courier pick-up for the following day.
Not near Santa Cruz or Santa Ana? No problem! There are a couple other ways to get your sample material to us. If you are in a region covered by one of our couriers, you can easily schedule a pick up by calling the lab and requesting a courier. You may also ship your material to us via fed-ex or UPS overnight. All shipped samples must be packaged properly and contain a completed Sample Submission Form. Please check with your customer service representative for specific instructions on how to properly package and ship your samples to us. You can view more detailed instructions on how to prep and ship your samples to us here.
Yes! Weedmaps.com is an important partner of ours and we work very closely with them to make sure the results of our clients’ tests are visible on their weedmaps.com page and visible to all their potential customers. We also offer the option to automatically link all of your test results to your weedmaps.com menu as soon as the test results are available.
We guarantee cannabinoid profiling results within 3 business days from when your samples are received in our lab. Please note that this does not include weekends or holidays. All other tests, including Pesticide Tests, Microbiological Tests, Terpene Tests, and Residual Solvent Tests are considered specialty tests. These tests generally take 4 to 7 days to complete, but are typically complete within 4 days.
Customers who want to use SC Labs “Tested” logo on the packaging of their products must perform appropriate testing of each batch of product that is bearing the logo. There are no exceptions. Please contact your account representative for more information. Use of the SC Labs “tested” logo without express written permission from SC Labs is strictly prohibited. SC Labs makes every effort to ensure that clients whose products that bear the SC Labs “tested” logo adhere to our rules and protocols for use on their products. It is also recommended that consumers of cannabis products always request a Certificate of Analysis from the manufacturer, distributor or retailer to ensure that the product has been tested for safety.
We test cannabis flowers, concentrates, leaves, e-liquids/vape oils, crystallized isolates, as well as liquid and solid infused products such as coconut oils, tinctures and edibles.
SC Labs offers a total of 5 different tests which include cannabinoid profiling, terpene analysis, pesticide testing, microbiological testing, and residual solvent testing. Depending on the type of material you are interested in testing, there are 3 – 5 tests we can run on your product. For concentrates, we can run cannabinoid profiling, terpene analysis, pesticide testing, microbiological testing, and residual solvent testing. For flowers, we can run cannabinoid profiling, terpene analysis, pesticide testing and microbiological testing. For infused products, we can run cannabinoid profiling, pesticide testing and microbiological testing. We are not able to run terpene analysis and residual solvent testing on infused products because oils and other materials in infused products could damage our instruments. For this reason, we always recommend that our clients run their terpene analysis and residual solvent testing on their base material before it is infused into their final product.
To begin testing with SC Laboratories, simply call us at 866-435-0709 and ask to speak to one of our representatives about setting up an account. You may also email us with your contact information, and one of our representatives will give you a call at their earliest convenience.

I just set up my SC Labs Account! Now What?

The Sample Submission Form (SSF) is a legal document that accompanies your samples as they move from your hands to our hands, to be logged and processed in our lab. Filling out your Sample Submission Form correctly and completely is perhaps the most important step in submitting your samples for testing. A completed Sample Submission form must accompany every sample or batch of samples that you submit to us. If we receive your samples without a Sample Submission form, or an incomplete Sample form, the processing of your samples will be delayed. Please print as clearly and legibly as possible to eliminate any confusion when your samples are being logged into our system.

You may download the blank Sample Submission Form here

View Our Detailed Instructions on how to Fill Out a Sample Submission Form Here
Once your first batch of samples are logged in our system, your customer service representative will contact you with login credentials to your new client page on sclabs.com. Your new account will be set up the following business day after your samples are received. If your samples are received on a Friday or Saturday, your account will be set up that following Monday. Once you have your login credentials, you can log in to your client portal to view your results and customize your profile page.
We have a dedicated team of experienced customer service specialists on staff to walk you through any issues that may come up. Clients are assigned to a customer service team member based on the region in which they live. We encourage our clients to get to know their rep and develop a personal relationship with them. Should you ever have trouble reaching your personal customer service representative and need to speak to someone immediately, anyone on the customer service team will be able to assist you.
Once your first samples are logged into our system, you will be issued an SCL client ID Number in our Laboratory Inventory Management System. Your customer service representative will include this number in the welcome email they send you, along with login credentials to access your account on sclabs.com

Results are sent directly to your sclabs.com account. Once we receive your first batch of samples in the lab, you will be issued login credentials to access your “Client Page” on sclabs.com. Enter your login credentials on the sclabs.com homepage to be re-directed to your client home page. This will bring you to your “Tested Samples” page. Here, you will see a list of all your tested samples. You have a few different options for viewing your results:

  • Simply hover over the sample name to get a pop-up box with an abbreviated report of your results.
  • Click on the sample name to view a more detailed report of your results where you may view a high-resolution image of your product, the concentration of cannabinoids present in your sample in both numerical and graphical form, identification and quantification of Terpenes, and a breakdown of results for any other tests you may have ordered for that particular sample.
  • From your “Client Home Page,” you can see a list of tested samples, locate the “Tools,” column along the top of the page. Next to the sample that you would like to view, click the arrow next to the word “select.” This will give you a drop-down menu of all the different features and / or tools we provide you when you sign up for your account. Select “COA” from this drop-down menu to download a PDF of your Official Certificate of Analysis containing you test results. You may now save or open this PDF to view your results, share these results with your associates via email or even print out to keep on hand. This “tools” section is also where you will find your labels, strain cards, QR code labels and more. Your customer service representative will walk you through all of these tools and features after you sign up for an account.

If you get an “access denied” error, check that your “caps lock” is not on, as your user name and password are case-sensitive. If you’re still having trouble, check to see that you are up to date with your billing. Sometimes our system will automatically block users if they have an overdue invoice with us. If that doesn’t fix the problem, please don’t hesitate to give your customer service representative a call and they will be happy to assist you.
You want to become familiar with your client page on sclabs.com. Here you can do so much more than just access your test results. This page is fully customizable and allows you to embed your logo, social media, and other profile information into the unique marketing materials we provide to you. The best way to understand how to navigate your client page is to jump on a call with your customer service representative. They will walk you through all the different features and make sure you know how to take full advantage of this special aspect of our service. We are adding new features on a regular basis and we want to make this portal as useful to you as possible. If you have an idea for new functionality for your client page, please don’t hesitate to let your customer service representative know. Your feedback is always appreciated!
If you are already an SC Labs client, you can easily schedule a pick-up by calling our customer service department. A representative will set an appointment for pickup with one of our couriers. You will receive a phone call the day of to confirm the time and location of pick-up. We cannot guarantee same day pick-ups, so be sure to call one or two days ahead of when you need your desired pickup date.

Yes, you may mail samples to our Santa Cruz lab. There are very specific instructions for how to prep, package and send your samples in the mail.

Please carefully review our Packaging and Shipping Best Practices Form Here

From your client home page, where you see your list of tested samples, locate the column on the right that reads “tools.” Your samples automatically default to private. If you would like to make a particular sample public, click on the word “private” to change to “public.” Now, click on “profile” from the menu on the left of your screen. Under your profile page, there is a link which reads, “link to public profile page.” You can now copy that link and share via email with anyone who you would like to see your samples and results. Please note that changing a sample from private to “public” does not automatically sync your results to your WeedMaps menu. If you would like this newly public result displayed on WeedMaps, simply email postings@sclabs.com with the relevant information.
From your “Client Home Page,” where you see your list of tested samples, locate the column reading “Tools,” along the top of the page. Next to the sample for which you would like to print labels, click the arrow next to the word “select.” This will give you a drop-down menu of all the different features and / or tools we provide you when you sign up for your account. Select “labels” from this drop-down menu which will download a PDF of labels for this sample. Open and save this PDF to your computer. You will want to purchase specific Avery labels from any office supply store, depending on what kind of printer you have. Look for Avery Label Template: 5160 for laser printers and Avery Label Template 8160 for Ink Jet printers. You also have the option to print out just the QR scan-code associated with your individual samples. To do this, click the arrow next to “select” under the “tools” column on your “Tested Samples” page. This will give you a drop-down menu of all the different features and / or tools we provide you when you sign up for your account. Select “QR Code” from this drop-down menu to download a PDF of QR Codes for this particular sample. Open and save this PDF to your computer. To print your QR Codes, you will want to purchase “Avery Square Labels” Template 22805.
We encourage our clients to take advantage of our labels by placing them on their product. This allows your buyers to see the name/strain of your product, date tested, as well as percentages for total cannabinoids and terpenes. Labels also feature the SC Labs seal, as well as a QR scan-code unique to your sample which allows people to scan your product and be immediately directed to that sample’s result page on sclabs.com. Simply place one of these labels on the outside of your packaging for each product you are selling. You also have the option of printing out just a QR Scan code for your products.
Any one of our SC Labs customer service representatives is happy to help you understand your results. Feel free to call us at the lab and we will make sure someone is available to help you interpret your results.

The Science of Cannabis: Your Crash Course

SC Labs tests for pesticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators commonly during cannabis cultivation. We developed our pesticide panel with the health and safety of consumers in mind and to help our clients prepare for forthcoming state regulations. Some of the more commonly-used pesticides which are included on our panel are:

Acequinocyl; Consumer product names: Shuttle, Pestanal, Mite-B-Gone.
Pyrethrium: Consumer product names: Evergreen, Riptide.
Spirotetramat: Consumer product names: Movento, Kontos.
Paclobutrazol (PBZ): Consumer product names: Bushmaster, Gravity, Mega Bud, Phosphoload, Bush Load.
Spinosad: Consumer product names: Conserve SC.
Imidacloprid: Consumer product names: Dominion, Maxforce, Merit.
Bifenazate: Consumer Product names: Floramite, Acramite.
Daminozide: Consumer product names: Flower Dragon, Phosphoload.
Fenoxycarb: Consumer product names: Attain, Comply.
Spiromesifen: Consumer product names: Forbid 4f.
Abamectin: Consumer product names: Avid, Advance, Avert
Myclobutanil: Consumer product names: Eagle 20, Immunox

View a More In-Depth look at the Pesticides on Our Panel Here

A reporting limit is the smallest concentration of an analyte that is reported. Any concentration found in a sample below the established reporting limit is displayed in all reporting formats as ND. (not detected.) Always read the ingredients carefully on any product you are using during cultivation and consult with your account manager if you are unsure whether a product contains unsafe pesticides.

As of June 2017, the State of California has proposed new regulations for pesticide use on cannabis cultivation.

To view a breakdown of SC Lab’s current pesticide reporting limits and the State of California’s proposed reporting limits for pesticides, click here.

Please note that in addition to the 12 chemicals on SC Labs’ pesticide test, the state of California is proposing an additional 56 chemicals be added to the list of pesticides on the required test, each with specific action limits. To view the full text of proposed laboratory regulations from the Bureau of Marijuana Control visit: http://bmcr.ca.gov/laws_regs/mcrsa_lab_ptor.pdf

As of June 2017, the State of California has proposed safety testing action limits on residual solvents and processing chemicals as well as microbiological impurities.

View a comprehensive breakdown of the State of California’s proposed action limits for residual solvents and microbiological impurities here.

To view the full text of proposed regulations from the Bureau of Marijuana Control visit: http://bmcr.ca.gov/laws_regs/mcrsa_lab_ptor.pdf

All Things “WeedMaps”

The best way to have something posted to your weedmaps.com menu is to email postings@sclabs.com. Sending your request to this email ensures that your message goes out to our entire Customer Service team, making this the fastest and most efficient way for our team to complete your request. This also allows us to have all the information we need in one place, so we don’t encounter any hiccups along the way.

Please include the following in your message to postings@sclabs.com:

  • All WeedMaps ID Numbers including the Master WeedMaps ID (even if this page is not published.)
  • The SCL sample ID numbers of the samples you would like posted. Please also include the sample names which correspond to the SCL sample ID numbers. Keep in mind, the sample name that you write on your Sample Submission Form (SSF) will be the sample name that appears for all postings. If the name in our system does not match exactly with your weedmaps.com menu listing, the results will not attach properly and will generate a new item without pricing or image. You can edit these new items on your backend to add pricing. If you have two items on your menu with the same name but different sample types, (ie., Blue Dream-flower, and Blue Dream-wax), the system does not differentiate and the results may attach improperly. Please make sure to create distinct names for each product.

If you are a vendor and you would like to post your results to someone else’s weedmaps.com menu, we need the weedmaps.com ID Number for the page you would like the results to sync to, as well as the SC Labs sample ID numbers you’d like to have posted. Please include your organization / business name as well as the name of the collective / dispensary that is carrying your product in your message to postings@sclabs.com 
Your results will be viewable for 30 days on weedmaps.com from the date they are posted.  If the results that you are looking to publish are more than 60 days old, please contact customer service directly to discuss postings restrictions. We do not post results from tests performed more than 60 days prior. 

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