WHAT ANALYTICAL PROCESS DOES LIGHTLAB USE?

LightLab uses the same techniques as a cannabis laboratory- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). This analytical technique separates cannabinoids in the sample before quantification, resulting in high confidence and accuracy. Once the cannabinoids are separated, multi-wavelength UV spectroscopy is used to quantify the amount of each cannabinoid. Our patented detection system borrows technology from the Mars rover making LightLab “Mars Technology for Marijuana”.


WHAT CANNABINOIDS DOES LIGHTLAB REPORT?

LightLab 3 is capable of reporting 12 analytes – 11 cannabinoids and total terpenes. LightLab’s standard configuration reports data for the seven Cannabinoids most frequently associated with quality control, product value and manufacturing processes. Standard cannabinoids include Δ9THC (Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol), THC-A (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid), CBD (Cannabidiol), CBD-A (Cannabidiolic Acid), CBN (Cannabinol), CBG (Cannabigerol), CBG-A (Cannabigerolic Acid). The Minors Module measures CBN-A (Cannabinolic Acid), CBC-A (Cannabichromenic Acid), CBC (Cannabichromenic), Δ6a,10a-THC.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RUN A SAMPLE?

Ten minutes and thirty seconds. It takes two minutes to zero the instrument, and eight minutes and thirty seconds to analyze the sample. 


IS LIGHTLAB EASY TO USE? 

LightLab was designed with the non-technical user in mind. LightLab has step-by-step instructions on the screen to guide you through sample preparation and analysis of all sample types. In addition, there is an illustrated User’s Guide as well as videos covering the entire process. 


HOW MUCH SAMPLE DO I NEED?

It depends on what you are measuring. Just 300mg are required for cured cannabis flower and concentrates, 1g is required for hemp. Infused products vary from 100mg to 5g depending on the sample type. You will see on-screen sample prep instructions to guide you through the process. 


WHAT PRODUCTS CAN LIGHTLAB MEASURE?

Most products that contain cannabinoids can be measured including Cannabis flower (adult-use cannabis or hemp), concentrates, distillates, immature plants, cured flower, tinctures and oil, raffinate (previously extracted material) and infused products.


HOW DO I GET RESULTS?

Results from the current test as well as previous tests will appear on your LightLab 3 screen. Extended data files, which include operator information and user notes, may be downloaded as a CSV file, or imported into a printable PDF report. You may also share your results via text and email directly from the LightLab 3.


WHAT IS THE ACCURACY OF LIGHTLAB?

LightLab uses similar technology to labs, and thus reports results with similar accuracy to a well operated lab. The accuracy of LightLab depends upon the sample type being analyzed. Typical results will fall within 2% of a lab result for flower and 3% for concentrates. With the optional Hemp Compliance Module, Δ9THC and THC-A can be measured within 0.05%. Note this does not include the variation in sample (no two flowers are exactly identical) or errors in sample preparation by the laboratory or LightLab operator.


HOW DOES LIGHTLAB COMPARE TO MY LAB?

LightLab uses similar technology to labs, and thus reports results with similar accuracy to a well operated lab. Typical results will fall within 2% of a lab result for flower and 3% for concentrates.  LightLab repeatability is +/-1%. Note this does not include the variation in sample (no two buds are exactly identical) or errors in sample preparation by the laboratory or LightLab operator.


CAN I USE LIGHTLAB FOR MY CERTIFICATE OF ANALYSIS? 

In most states you cannot use internally generated certificates though that is not the case in some geographies. You can check with your regulatory agency’s requirements to ensure you are compliant with your local requirements. Typically, a Certificate of Analysis must be provided by a third party, state accredited laboratory. LightLab can be used for all quality control testing so that only the final sample is sent to the lab, thus reducing the time and cost of lab testing.


HOW OFTEN IS LIGHTLAB SOFTWARE UPDATED?

We release updates regularly. Minor bug fixes are made available as soon as they are tested and improved. 


WHERE DO YOU SHIP?

The United States and Canada. Contact us if you are outside these geographies and our team may be able to assist you.


HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO GET LIGHTLAB CALIBRATED?

LightLab comes to you fully calibrated and ready to run. LightLab should be calibrated every 1000 samples or every 12 months, whichever comes first. Ask about our calibration packages and extended warranty options.


WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

OP’s Technical Support is at your service! Call or email the team at (603) 573-9212, support@orangephotonics.com. You will receive a reply, within one business day of your inquiry.