How the Hemp Industry Drives Change in Laboratory Methods
Written by Stephanie Moon, Lab Director, EVIO Labs Medford. Published in collaboration with technical partner Phenomenex.
The increasing demands of the hemp industry on testing laboratories has created the need for a fast, efficient, and accurate quantification method for an increasing number of cannabinoids compared to previous needs of the marijuana dominant industry.
In Oregon, more stringent Oregon Department of Agriculture regulations on dry weight tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations in pre-harvest hemp crops, as well as products intended for sale to consumers, have influenced the hemp market toward the cultivation of flowers that produce cannabigerolic acid (CBG-A) over cultivars that produce cannabidiolic acid (CBD-A). CBG-A dominant cultivars have shown lower total THC concentrations compared to CBD-A dominant cultivars and are sought after for their increased likelihood to pass total THC compliance testing. This shift in the hemp industry has led to the need for refinements in the way laboratories calibrate minor and major cannabinoids.
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