Austin-based Santé Laboratories is making Texas history.

For decades, farmers and industry professionals fought tirelessly to bring hemp as an alternative crop to Texas. This year, for the first time, hemp grown in Texas soil was collected and processed for legal compliance testing for <0.3% total THC. The facility to do it? Santé Laboratories, Texas-based contract development manufacturing organization.

As reported by Times Record News Senior Journalist Claire Kowalick, Santé Laboratories is, “helping pair interested parties with research and dependable testing.” She elaborated, “Santé has been on the cutting edge of hemp research and testing, and is the first Texas lab to provide total THC testing for Texas growers.”

Kowalick interviewed Santé Laboratories President Mike Sandoval for this article. He told her, “A challenge for hemp growers in Texas is that many of the available hemp seeds originate in Oregon or other states where the environmental conditions are drastically different than Texas.

“Hemp plants’ cannabinoid levels can fluctuate throughout its growing cycle and the goal is to harvest the crop when CBD levels are highest without the THC levels increasing.”

Santé Laboratories is known for providing essential lab services to the agricultural, food and beverage, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical industries. Rather than another testing lab, Santé goes further to partner with those industries to provide method validation and research and development offerings that can take hemp and other nutraceuticals in new directions for alternative uses and differentiated products.

Kowalick noted that, “many topical and consumable CBD products on the market currently have high CBD concentrations but very low absorption rate.”

Sandoval explained that Santé Laboratories is ahead of the game in this regard, “working with a pharmaceutical customer to create hemp products that have a long shelf life and can provide the same CBD effects at a lower dose through better absorption in the body. Low-dose hemp products will mean testing is more important than ever.”

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