With legalization on the horizon, pot potency is top of mind. The strength and effects of cannabis products are going to be an integral part of legalization.
A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia Okanagan is working on streamlining the process of testing the potency of marijuana. One member of the team told the Alberta Morning News, it’s mostly based on improving existing processes.
“We have developed a new testing protocol that basically speeds things up,” Matt Noesthedon said. “It doesn’t directly impact the producers, but indirectly it does – they can get their product tested faster, which means they can get it to market faster.”
The active compounds that Health Canada and marijuana producers are most interested in are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). But the BC researchers are interested in looking at many more components of cannabis.
“There’s a lot of other similar compounds that the jury is still out on as far as what their biological activity is,” Noesthedon explained.