Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis

Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario
What the facility does

Innovation hub with expertise in cannabis and green extraction methods for industry and academia to transform research into quality and consistent products  

Areas of expertise

The Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) offers companies a platform from which to enhance productivity, expand reach and augment competitiveness in the global market. With applications in the natural health products, cannabis, and the food and beverage industries, the ARC uses research and collaboration to help clients solve everyday problems.

Clients come to us for product development and testing new ideas, analytical testing and validation, equipment demonstration and testing, compliance and documentation expertise, and skilled workforce training. 

The Loyalist College ARC is well known for its cannabis expertise and its expertise in green extraction methods. Loyalist was the first college in Canada to have a laboratory licensed by Health Canada to conduct cannabis research and analytical testing, and the first college to have a research license renewed for five years and analytical testing license renewed for three years.

In addition to providing an environment for College-cannabis industry partnerships to thrive, the ARC also supports employers in building skilled workforces. Loyalist’s Cannabis Applied Science students gain exceptional experiential learning opportunities through their work on real-world projects with both academic and industry personnel.

Research services
  • Experiment design
  • Method validation and optimization
  • Formulation
  • Green extraction
  • Advanced instrumentation
  • Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction
  • Advanced analytical technologies
  • Proof of concept
  • Quality attributes testing and labelling
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Tourism and hospitality



 Waters MV-10 ASFE System

Multi-vessel Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) using carbon dioxide (CO2).

Extraction of components of mixture by passing it in solution or suspension through a medium (CO2) where components move at different rates.

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Ultraviolet detector (HPLC-UV)

Identification of separate molecules based on size and surface charge. UV helps determine concentration of molecules after separation.

Gas chromatograph mass spectrometer detector (GC-MS)

Used to identify different substances within a test sample, including tiny amounts

In-house and portable beverage analyzer

Used to measure colour, density and pH value. Determines alcohol content, original and real extract, degree of fermentation, calories, etc.

Research-scale controlled environment chambers

Growing chamber with environmental control over temperature, lighting levels, and humidity and gas levels

Biosafety cabinet (BSC)

Enclosed ventilated laboratory workspace for safely working with materials contaminated with pathogens needing defined biosafety level


Used to measure the viscosity of a fluid

Cryogenic ethyl alcohol (ethanol) extraction

Extraction of components of mixture by passing it in solution/suspension through ethanol medium where components move at different rates

Microfluidics Microfluidizer M-110P


Reduces the size of suspensions and emulsions in an efficient way

  • ABcann Medicinals Inc./VIVO Cannabis
  • apollogreen
  • Bioenterprise Corporation
  • Chakra Organics
  • Diatom Consulting
  • Dow Testing Services
  • Exhale into Health
  • GreenCentre Canada
  • Hard Way Cider
  • Kimberlite/Valley of Gold Farms
  • Kingston Cannabis/Kingston Automation
  • MediPharm Labs
  • MediWanna
  • Mitacs
  • Northeastern University
  • Persall Fine Foods
  • Signal Brewery
  • TMM Asset Management
  • Trella Technologies
  • Truss Beverages & HEXO CIB



Loyalist College finalizes cannabis research collaboration

Loyalist College enters a four-year agreement with MediPharm Labs to advance its cannabis program

College cashes in on cannabis at Technology Access Centre