Cannabis sativa is a flowering plant originating from Central Asia. Today, derivatives of cannabis plants are being used to treat medical conditions such as pain and muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis, some severe forms of epilepsy, anxiety, schizophrenia and heart problems. Cannabis contains hundreds of different compounds known as cannabinoids. One of these cannabinoids, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has psychoactive effects. Another cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD), is not psychoactive and is used in medical applications. CBD is typically derived from cannabis varieties known as industrial hemp, which contain no more than 0.3% THC. CBD and medical cannabis products are most commonly prepared and used in the form of an oil. CBD may also be delivered by other methods such as inhalation of smoke or vapor, tinctures, gel capsules, edible products, and creams or patches applied directly on the skin.
Quality Control of Medical Cannabis and Cannabidiol: Weighing Applications in the Laboratory
METTLER TOLEDO’s Excellence analytical and precision balances provide further data management support with error-free data transfer directly to external software. This eliminates the need for recording weighing results by hand, saving you valuable time. For the highest level of data security and ease of data management, LabX™ laboratory software can automatically record all results, balance information, user details, and be used to manage all the weighing processes on the balances in your lab. LabX assists you in compliance with 21 CFR part 11.
METTLER TOLEDO’s Weighing Solutions
As every batch of cannabis requires a multitude of tests, handling all the related data can be a challenge. Manual data recording takes time and is prone to human error. However, accurate and traceable records are essential for proving the safety and efficacy of an end product. Our free guide explains how you can improve data management practices in your lab:
As the solvent/sample mixture moves through the Column, each cannabinoid will move through the filter media at a different rate. This allows for the measurement of each cannabinoid in the sample material. The measurement happens within the detector of the HPLC.
The HPLC software provides a read-out of the cannabinoid and THC potency testing results.
If you’re a cannabis grower or processor, you’re inevitably involved in CBD and THC potency testing on some level. Processing operations typically measure THC, CBD, and increasingly, minor cannabinoids like CBG, CBN, among others. Accurate potency testing is becoming more critical as an increasing number of states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. Bringing this testing function in-house can make your operation more efficient and help increase your profitability.
Whether your cannabis processing operation is large or small, there are some compelling reasons to invest in in-house cannabis testing equipment. Here are just a few things you’ll want to consider:
In just one example, if you perform a potency test on your product after decarboxylation is complete, you’ll get a highly accurate indication of whether the decarb process has finished. This is much more effective than the traditional method of using visual cues to determine completion.