All new materials we receive are put through state-of-the-art testing procedures to guarantee their purity. The cornerstone of our testing is our use of a Fourier Transform Infra-Red Raman Spectroscope, a handheld device which measures inelastic Raman scattering of infra-red light off the particles which make up the material. This scattering is measured at different wavelengths and is used to generate a spectrum unique to each compound which can be automatically compared against a certified standard library and verified using our analytical chemistry expertise.
In this image our founder Brad can be seen validating a d-limonene sample to be used in the production of various Cannamimetic products.
Using such a powerful technology, we are able to guarantee that every product that leaves the Biodome lab is made using only high-purity ingredients and is of the highest quality.
Many companies make the claim that their terpenes are pure and high-quality, but can they guarantee such a claim? With such rampant food-fraud in this industry, it's anyone's guess whether what you're getting is up to quality standards and matches what the product says on its label.
If you'd like a copy of our in-house certification for any ingredient in any product we make, contact us and we will send you certificates of analysis.
In this image it can be seen that the wavenumber vs intensity graphs of the sample vs standard match very well, successfully validating the compound as d-limonene (aka carvene).
Other Testing Techniques
In addition to Raman Spectroscopy, Biodome employs a range of analytical methodologies to verify and validate raw materials, finished products and 3rd party products. These include titration, refractometry and qualitative UV fluorescence analysis.
Many shampoos and creams for instance claim to contain hemp oil. Hemp oil fluoresces strongly orange (~590nm) when exposed to UV light at 395nm. As you can see in this photograph, under white light the sample of shampoo with hemp oil is cloudy while that without hemp oil is translucent, and when exposed to UV only the sample containing hemp oil fluoresces orange. This is an excellent litmus test for the presence of hemp oil prior to carrying out more complex tests.