Testing Montana's Cannabis





Testing • Analysis • Education

White Buffalo Certified

Setting the Standard for Montana

WBL is a full service analytical testing lab for the cannabis industry located in Missoula, MT. With many years of industry experience, deep roots in the cannabis movement, and the nationally recognized scientific staff, White Buffalo Labs is committed to building a better and safer cannabis future for everyone. Montana’s patients will demand their products are “White Buffalo Certified”.

The White Buffalo Labs Advantage

Cannabis testing is more than our advanced lab, best and brightest employees, and fast results– it’s unmatched customer service, commitment to new scientific and technology innovations, and features you won’t find anywhere else.  White Buffalo Labs is accessible chemistry with headquarters in Missoula and weekly sample pick up in Kalispell, Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Livingston, Great Falls, and Butte.  Our courier service partners with both large and small providers and is fully compliant with the METRC tracking systems.

Partners For Progress

In a fast-changing and growing industry, White Buffalo Labs is dedicated to advancing the cannabis ecosystem through collaboration and cooperation with a variety of partnerships, events and sponsorships, and promoting common sense regulation. Our owner and Scientific Director has his doctorate in chemistry and is an accomplished research and Quality Control scientist with previous lab management experience in ISO 17025 accredited, FDA / CFR 111 and 211 regulated quality control laboratories. He is author of a number of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. Our founder is a known and published scientist with a doctorate in chemistry. He is also a cancer survivor and he was spokesman for the 2016 ballot initiative, I-182.

Know Your Medicine

We think cannabis education and access to the latest information is key to a transparent understanding of clean and safe cannabis. We’ve curated a variety of resources that will help— from FAQs to videos, ailment guides, and much more.  Our clients benefit from a full range of scientific consulting services to further develop their product to produce the highest quality in the nation.

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We would love to work with you. Our analytical laboratory measures the potency and safety of all cannabis-based medicines. We use premium instruments and validated methodologies to quantify cannabinoids, terpenes, microbiological/ pesticide contaminants, moisture, foreign matter, and residual solvents. We provide weekly statewide sample pick up. Contact our scientific team today!


Our Founder

Dr. Tyler Smith, Founder of White Buffalo Labs

Dr. Tyler Smith, Founder of White Buffalo Labs


White Buffalo Laboratories was founded in 2017 by Dr. Tyler Smith. Prior to starting White Buffalo Labs, Tyler helped launch Rivertop Renewables, a renewable chemicals start-up company, founded on technology developed at the University of Montana. Tyler served as Rivertop’s Vice President of Research and Development for 9 years and played an integral part in bringing over $30 million of new venture capital into the state of Montana. While heading Rivertop’s chemical research, Tyler led process and product development and intellectual property strategy. Tyler holds 7 US patents with many more patent applications pending in the US and worldwide. He has co-authored 6 peer reviewed scientific publications and has given numerous technical presentations at conferences across the country. Originally from Mississippi, Tyler earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Montana’s Shafizadeh Rocky Mountain Center for Wood and Carbohydrate Chemistry where he studied the synthesis of chemicals derived from sugar and other renewable resources. Tyler’s graduate work helped lay the foundation for Rivertop’s core technology, a novel green chemical process for the production of bio-based chemicals as alternatives to toxic and polluting petroleum-based chemicals. Rivertop has been named among the Top 50 “Hottest Companies in Bio-based Chemicals” for the past two years. In addition to his work at White Buffalo, Tyler is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Montana where he teaches classes and serves as a co-advisor for a Ph.D. student in the Material Science program. Tyler also serves as the Chair Elect of the Montana chapter of the American Chemistry Society (ACS). As part of his involvement with ACS, Tyler organized a Chemical Business symposium at the Northwest Regional ACS meeting held in Missoula. This symposium showcased Start-up Chemical businesses from around the state and region and was awarded the 2015 ACS ChemLuminary Award for innovative programming in the Small Chemical Businesses division. Tyler also serves as a board member for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and is an active member of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS). Tyler divested his ownership in White Buffalo Labs in the spring of 2019.


The White Buffalo



In Native American culture, the White Buffalo is a sacred symbol of life and abundance. Our labs are an extension of this ethos enabling patients the quality of life they deserve while taking advantage of the nature’s diverse resources. We feel that it is no accident that the most famous White Buffalo to live in Montana was named “Big Medicine”.


Photo credits: Montana Office of Tourism & Business Development.
Top: Bison YNP Yellowstone National Park by Dusan Smetana 
Bottom: Yellowstone National Park by Michael Lewis