Potency testing measures the medicinal strength or efficacy of cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp. You will need to understand a plant or product’s potency to confirm that the desired effect or intensity will be reached. Our potency tests measure the presence and quantity of 15 different cannabinoids in a sample of flower or stems, as well as any R&D stage cannabis or hemp product. We can also confirm potency of those products ready to go to market.
What is a Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp that work in tandem to produce varying psychoactive and nonpsychoactive effects. Together, they are known to act synergistically to form an “entourage effect,” meaning that they collaboratively provide additional benefits beyond what each individual cannabinoid would provide by itself.
We Test for the following cannabinoids:
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid. However, as the plant dries, THCA slowly converts to psychoactive THC. Heat expedites this conversion in a process called decarboxylation.
HOW DO WE TEST?
After a complex homogenization and lengthy sample preparation process, we use UHPLC-DAD (ultra-high performance chromatography with diode array detection) to run the cannabinoid analysis.