We developed an algorithm to improve heavy metal testing throughput and costs by combining sample batches into pools.
At Delic Labs, we propose a guide, the Cannabis Better Future (CBF) concept, that illustrates the different pillars the cannabis industry should adopt to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the industry.
The 2018 Farm bill legalized any cannabis and related products with less than 0.3% delta 9 THC, leaving a loophole for products with the intoxicating delta 8 THC, which is both naturally occurring and can be made from CBD. This has left those in the market wondering if delta 8 products will be a threat to those in the delta 9 market, or if it will be another opportunity.
Unadulterated cannabis concentrates can contain unknown substances depending on how they were produced. One compound that recently appeared is known as Delta-10-THC, an almost entirely unexplored form of THC. The cannabinoid has only been discovered after cannabis was highly processed, although it is touted as plant-derived by some companies. So, is delta-10-THC natural or synthetic?
A thorough cannabis product development process goes far beyond extracting and packaging. Performing advanced analytical testing at each and every stage allows producers to know the quantity, quality and behaviour of compounds in samples. Here are the four key stages from flower to consumption.
In this #AskAnExpert, Dr. Markus Roggen explains how THCa and CBDa change after they are distilled and what happens to their acid groups after an acidic cannabinoid is decarboxylated.
The intoxicating ingredient, THC, was officially isolated in 1964. After 56 years, an isomer of THC, Delta-10-THC, was identified in cannabis extract for the first time. But, how many different variations and isomers of THC are truly in cannabis, and how many more can exist if we go beyond the realm of quantitative data?
Our new services offer comprehensive insights into plant material, extracts, end-products and even the smoke/vapor by using state-of-the-art analytical instruments. By understanding the chemical fingerprint of the material, cannabis producers can eliminate impurities, adjust potencies, and optimize extraction processes before wasting money and resources on producing inconsistent end products. As a chemist I am really excited about adding NMR and high-res mass spectroscopy to the cannabis testing offerings
Learn the differences between THC and the THC total based on Health Canada’s compliances and beyond.
Dr. Markus Roggen has a bone to pick with the way total THC is presented on labels: “I don’t think so much in weight, I think in the number of molecules… moles”
A lack of budget and awareness means cannabis companies don’t test beyond what is required by health canada, which means searching for unidentified, potentially dangerous compounds, as well as tests for quality, rarely occur.
If you think hemp processing works the same as cananbis extraction, think again. And we totally over-think things, so here is a computational chemistry answer, why it is different.
Blast into the past with us to learn about the history of the use of cannabis- dating back to 2700 BCE!
Just because terpenoid sounds fancier than terpene, does not mean it is the rigth term to use. Different chemical terms have specific meanings, and the correct use of them makes us all better people.
Many in the cannabis industry are skeptical of big pharma; and sometimes for good reason! But there many things they get right (and that we are currently struggling with). If we want to survive as long as big pharma companies, we need to learn from them.

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