About Us

The C4 Difference

You have plenty of options for cannabis testing, but C4 wants to be your partner of choice. We’re the only team in Arizona that you can rely on for honest testing, accurate and consistent results, and educational, personable service.

It’s all too common to see testing labs alter their results or strategically pick and choose the data they share. Patients are our priority, so we believe honesty is the best policy. We tell you the truth, not just what you want to hear. This commitment to transparency ensures you get the credible information you deserve, while raising the bar for the industry as a whole.

Accurate, consistent results:
Patients need accurate, consistent doses to feel medicinal benefits, which requires accurate, consistent testing. C4’s equipment and processes have been fine-tuned to provide reliable results with minimal variation so you can feel confident in the data.

Educational, personable service:
Data is only useful if you can understand and use it. That’s why C4 blends science and service. Consider us your go-to scientific advisor, who can help translate complex data into clear information anyone can understand. Whether you need help reading your test results, training your team, or navigating the complexities of the cannabis industry, we’re always here to provide educational guidance. Pediatric patient consultations are even provided free of charge.

C4 Leadership

Ryan Treacy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Treacy has dedicated his life to serving as a patient advocate and a perpetual student of cannabis science. After 15 years in executive management for two national restaurant chains, he decided to pursue his passion for cannabis and start C4 Laboratories to empower people with knowledge that helps them make more informed decisions.

Since then, C4 has not only become one of the largest, most trusted testing facilities in Arizona, but also been at the forefront of cannabis research, education, and legislation. Under Ryan’s guidance, C4 led two research collaborations with major academic institutions and was one of the first cannabis laboratories in the country to have their findings published in a major peer-reviewed publication. Ryan is also a member of the Association of Commercial Cannabis Labs (ACCL), and is actively involved in Arizona legislation to implement mandatory testing and industry standards for label claims on all cannabis products.

No matter what he’s working on, Ryan’s top priority is patients. He’s known for his honesty and ability to translate complex chemistry into understandable information that anyone can use to treat their ailments naturally. Ryan is particularly passionate about helping veterans and children. In addition to offering free consultations and product testing for seriously ill pediatric and veteran patients, he established the Med for Vets program and sponsors cannabis treatment programs for children. Through these philanthropic efforts, his community involvement, and daily work with C4, Ryan hopes to arm patients with the information they need to feel confident in their medicine and find the relief they need.

Aaron Hicks

Director of Laboratory Operations

Aaron Hicks is an analytical chemist with 32 years of horticultural experience. He brings his years in plant tissue culture, transgenic plant research, and instrumental methods in chemistry to C4 Laboratories as part of a larger effort to advance agricultural technology. In addition to his undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry and plant biology, his years of experience in research and development laboratories lend themselves to providing innovative ways to answer life's tricky questions. If pressed, he will admit to a predilection for rare and unusual plants.

Hope Jones, Ph.D

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Hope Jones joined C4 to continue our evolution of research and advanced analysis and characterization of cannabis medicine. She brings with her more than a decade of experience in utilizing her unique qualifications and education, across several organizations, to help drive scientific innovation within the cannabis industry.

Dr. Jones received a B.S. in Plant Sciences and a PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. While completing her education, Dr. Jones honed her skills in controlled environment agriculture, plant & mammalian genetics, physiology, and molecular & cellular biology. She also gained vast plant tissue culture knowledge and expertise, and developed novel micropropagation in vitro systems to rescue populations of endangered and difficult to propagate orchids. She is one of a very select few scientists in this country that have extensive experience in utilizing these techniques with cannabis specifically, thus has quickly distinguished herself as one of the industry leaders in plant tissue culture techniques and micropropagation.

Dr. Jones' previous experience includes; Staff Scientist for NASA’s Life Sciences and Biosystems Engineering Program, where she was responsible for antioxidant and phytochemical research and developing growing system technologies that improved both quality and quantity of crop yields during deep space missions. Dr. Jones has also worked as the Director of Science and Micropropagation for a large cannabis cultivation and product manufacturer here in Arizona.