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Potency calculations seem simple at first glance, but they can get complicated quickly. This is especially true for tinctures, where the percent weight doesn’t easily translate to an understandable dosage. Let’s say your lab or LightLab reports 2% CBD in your tincture; how does that translate to milligrams CBD per bottle? Read on to find out!

At the California Cannabis Business Conference last month, someone approached our booth with an interesting question: if I smoke cannabis, how much THC is left in the ash? She just happened to have both the starting material as well as the leftover ash. Rather than make a guess, we decided to let LightLab answer the question.

What happens to really old cannabis? Does it contain mostly THCA? Is there any CBN present? Fortunately, we had a ten year old sample to find out!

Orange Photonics is pleased to announce the release of the Terpenes+ Module for the LightLab Cannabis Analyzer. The Terpenes+ module adds three new chemical analyses to the existing six cannabinoids reported – terpenes, degraded THC and CBC. The LightLab Cannabis Analyzer is a portable analyzer that serves the on-site quality control needs of businesses with cannabis in their supply chain.

When potency and purity are required, it’s hard to beat distillates. Depending on the specific distillation method and care taken, there’s a chance that the distillate contains less Δ9THC than you might think, sometimes lower than the starting product. Why is that? To answer, lets first explore how distillation works.

Dylan Wilks, CTO of Orange Photonics, shares a quick overview of the pros and cons of the various technologies on the market today.

Orange Photonics’ CTO Dylan Wilks, hosts a quick whiteboard session to illustrate how LightLab analyzes a cannabis sample with Selective Separation Spectroscopy.

There’s a good chance there’s something other than the lab that is causing most of the variation in your potency numbers. It seems simple to send two flower samples to a lab (or run them on a LightLab Cannabis Analyzer) and expect the same results, but the samples might not be exactly the same for a variety of reasons.  Let’s delve into the most common ones…

John Baker, MSc, is a certified Professional Argrologist (P.Ag) and is the president of CBD Baker Inc. He is a CSGA recognized plant breeder and a Health Canada recognized hemp breeder/researcher. In his own words, John talks about his new approach to screening genetics with LightLab.

Sunlight contains UV light, which has well known destructive properties. Anecdotal reports suggest that the acidic form of THC, THCA, would degrade into Δ9THC (the active form) and then further into CBN. We put some buds to the test to find out.