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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.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the very tip of a flower will have the highest potency.  After all, it looks the best, and it’s typically covered with trichomes.  But at Orange Photonics, we want to do better than make an educated guess, so we put some buds to the test.

“It’s been an ongoing struggle to get medication in the hands of our patients, but the medical marijuana community of Montana has responded to this adversity every step of the way,” said Gabe Perry, a partner in Montana dispensary Lionheart Caregiving. After a five-year battle, the Montana Supreme Court passed the bill into law in February 2016. By August of that year, over 93% of the state’s 12,400 patients had lost their access to a medical marijuana provider.

One of the theories we frequently hear is that the very top of a plant has flowers with much higher cannabinoid content than those on the lower branches.  This makes sense if you consider that the top flowers receive more sunlight and airflow. This leads us to our Testing for Truth questions: how much of a difference is there really between top, middle and bottom flowers harvested from the same plant? 

Jud is a mechanical engineer by training with a diverse background including design, technical support, and sales. For the last six years, he has worked in sales and technical support roles in a photonics and space-grade instrumentation environment.

What does it take to stay alive and on top of the ever-changing regulations in this fast moving business? Read our interview with Deb Kimless, MD, Medical Director of Maryland-based, ForwardGro.