Potency Analysis

Potency testing measures the medicinal strength or efficacy of cannabinoids in cannabis and hemp. To confirm that your plant or product will cause a desired effect or intensity, you need to understand its potency. Our potency tests measure the presence and quantity of 11 different cannabinoids present in a sample of flower and/or stems and any given cannabis or hemp product in R&D stages or to confirm those ready to go to market. 

What is a Cannabinoid?

Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis and hemp that work in combination to produce varying psychoactive and nonpsychoactive effects. Together, they are known to act synergistically to form an “entourage effect”, meaning that together they 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.


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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