With the CBD market growing by the day, customers are wanting specific answers on the quality of their CBD products regarding potency and effectiveness, and rightfully so.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive, therapeutic compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD users who have experimented with the plant-based supplement are singing hymns of its effective healing properties known to ease anxiety, get rid of pain, tame their digestive systems, improve their focus, and so much more.
There is a huge amount of demand for CBD right now. Because of this, hemp is also experiencing high demand. Farmers need to cultivate more hemp plants and crops, and manufacturers need to produce higher quantities of CBD products in order to meet customer expectations. Not to mention, without compromising the quality or price of the CBD product itself.
In light of this, researchers are discovering faster and safer ways to measure cannabis potency, providing CBD fans with the utmost comfort that their favorite wellness agent has been sourced from nothing short of premium standards.
Which begs the question…
What Is This New Research Method?
According to CBD News, a research team from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus has unveiled a new method of measuring phytocannabinoids. This revolutionary method (not yet given an official name) can be used to generate faster, safer and more accurate information for producers, regulators and consumers alike in calibrating the potency and quality of CBD products.
A Ph.D. chemistry student, Matthew Noestheden, under Professor Wesley Zandberg at UBC, says that licensed cannabis growers all over Canada and the United States have an increased need for reliable lab testing. Makes sense, as the desire for CBD oils, capsules, and other CBD-based products are gaining in popularity across the states and all over the world.
These lab tests the chemistry student is referring to determine the potency of the rapidly (and continually) growing quantities of varying cannabis products, stating that while traditional tests that have been used over the years typically take around 20 minutes to perform. This new method coined by Noestheden, however, can produce accurate results in less than 7 minutes.
This time difference makes a huge difference for producers that have a great amount of sample products. The time reduction thanks to the new method will enable distributors and CBD enthusiasts to test much more product than the average method used.
In addition to saving growers and producers time and money, the new testing method can also test for a higher number of phytocannabinoid variants. This is one of the most important breakthroughs the cannabis industry has seen to date.
Side Note to Put Things Into Perspective:
A phytocannabinoid is a molecule synthesized by plants. There are 113 known phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including CBD, the second-most abundant cannabinoid next to THC (the psychoactive component responsible for the “high” when cannabis is consumed). Note that CBD is non-psychoactive, so it does not produce this “high” that is associated with cannabis.
Phytocannabinoids have been used to treat a number of human and animal ailments for ages, and now, CBD in particular, is turning out to be quite the miracle substance for individuals seeking natural relief from anxiety, depression, inflammation, pain, sleep disorders, and more.
The Science of It All
Potency is most often a first priority when determining the safety and authenticity of any and all products that contain cannabis or cannabidiol. Ultimately, these new methods for measuring cannabis quality can further help assess the potency and safety of cannabis strains and cannabidiol.
Here is what happened in the testing phase of the new research method:
With the new method, the research team tested twice as many phytocannabinoids compared to what labs can currently test for. Not only did the new method save time, but those at UBC claimed that it was also much easier to test them, and they could test for 50 – 113 variants of the cannabinoids involved. Overall, testing in this manner proved to be twice as fast when compared to other methods.
Noestheden is hopeful his new cannabis potency testing method will help researchers better connect the variation in phytocannabinoids with the pharmacological effects (the effects CBD has on cells, organs and systems) in “all sorts of cannabis products.”
Any cannabis testing lab equipped with the appropriate instrumentation should be able to adopt the new method with minimal additional investment. This new method certainly makes the whole testing process less expensive, faster, and much safer. Ultimately, leading to better, more potent and safer CBD products for consumers.
- The new method for measuring potency can be used to generate faster, safer, and more accurate information regarding CBD.
- This new method is able to significantly reduce the time it takes to test for potency.
- Testing for potency results in more effective, and safer CBD products for consumers.
- CBD is non-psychoactive and will not produce the “high” that is associated with the consumption of cannabis.
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