What Cultivators Need to Know About the Cannabis Potency Testing?

The very aim of cannabis potency testing is to showcase the compliance, appropriate labelling of products and eventually attaining a certificate of authenticity from a licensed third party lab. Besides the basics, testing on a regular basis also helps the cultivators to optimize the potency of their crops. There are many labs that help in developing portable, lab-quality cannabis potency measuring systems, and testing on-site that goes a step ahead by learning more about the cultivation and production. Potency should always be deemed as a routine part of the job for the growers. Here are some insights to better understand the cannabis potency testing.

  1. The wide availability of tools for potency testing

Testing commonly takes place in an accredited third party lab with the help of high quality liquid chromatography or HPLC or gas chromatography. The lab will segregate the cannabis bud sample or concentrate, diffuse in a solvent, dilute, heat, and pass it via the separation columns and then into a detector. Then the comparison takes place in order to measure the potency.

Tools used in in-house testing include spectroscopy to determine the potency by analysing the absorption of various colors of light that respond to the kind and quantity of chemical bonds. Cultivators can attain the results that range within a couple percent of the results and the sample is not destroyed in the process at all.

  1. On-site testing is a miniature insurance policy

Nothing holds a candle to on-site testing when compared to the traditional lab testing. The state regulations state that a third party lab should always test the products and offer a certificate of authenticity. But, testing in how is a method to protect a business.

On site-testing also makes sure that the growers send the complaints as well as the high quality samples to the lab so that they can closely look at the potency level at every level of the cultivation process. On-testing also lets the growers take some informed business decisions. If a vendor is wanting to claim that the crop can be improved by a piece of equipment, the cultivator can easily test the potency level on a regular basis to verify the notions of the vendor. Or if the grower buy seeds which are rich in CBD only and minus THC, then they can test to confirm the claim again.

  1. THC and CBD should always be checked in their active and acid forms by the means of potency testing.

Almost every potent test ascertain the major cannabinoids, encompassing the active forms of CBD and THC. But, the growers should also inspect the test for the acid forms namely, THC A and CBD A. the acid forms are organically produced by the plant and are deemed to be more shelf-stable, however, they carry no effects that the consumers seek, and hence should be activated and transformed into their active forms. The activation can be done by a chemical process called decarboxylation which is implemented through the heat of smoking or vaporization.

April 2019
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