Potency Analysis

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:

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in a cannabis plant.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been popularized for its many therapeutic applications.

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found most prevalently in Indica strains of cannabis.

Cannabinol (CBN) is a mildly psychoactive component found in cannabis which is created when THC-A oxidizes.

Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC) is the secondary psychoactive ingredient in a cannabis plant.

Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is abundant in the live plants of CBD varieties, and converts to CBD over time and when exposed to heat.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid most abundant in low-THC and high-CBD cannabis strains, including hemp.

Cannabichromene (CBC) is a powerful non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

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.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is a psychoactive cannabinoid found most prevalently in Sativa strains of cannabis.

Cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), is one of many minor cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. Eventually, CBGA converts to either THC or CBD.

Cannabidivarinic Acid (CBDVA) is the carboxylic acid precursor of CBDV.

Tetrahydrocannabivarinic Acid (THCVA) is the carboxylic acid precursor of THCV.

Cannabichromenic Acid (CBCA) is the precursor to CBC.

Cannabicitran’s (CBT) peak concentration is 1-5% in distillates.


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.

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