Test Your Cannabis at Home

The cannabis market varies dramatically from location to location. Some markets are over regulated while others operate in the shadows.

No matter the source of your cannabis, several analysis methods can be conducted at home to ensure an enjoyable smoking experience.

Primary Analysis 

Scent Inspection 

The first inspection that should be performed is a scent inspection. 

The overall first impression that forms the characteristic smell of the strain. It is important to listen to your body. 

Quality cannabis has earthy, herbal, woody scents with occasional notes of lemon or other fruits. 

Avoid buds that smell like hay or have no discernible smell. If it doesn’t have that characteristic dankness, you probably don’t want it. 

Pungency is directly linked to potency and Terpene Content. Make sure your cannabis smells appealing.

Visual Inspection 

Visually inspecting can reflect on growing conditions, processing and genetics.

Quality cannabis is primarily green in color, with a wide range of accent colors and undertones. Avoid buds that have inconsistent color with tan, yellow, red, or white spots. Inconsistent color is an indication of mold or pests.

Quality cannabis is trimmed by hand to preserve trichomes and buds. Generally cannabis appearance should be either tight and dense or fluffier with more pistils.

Avoid buds that haven’t been trimmed well or visibly mangled by a trim machine, this visual cue indicates improper Curing Procedures that may cause pathogens.

Quality cannabis is only produced by the female plant. 

Avoid buds with male characteristics indicating the plant was cultivated under stress, reducing the quality and changing Chemical Composition of buds.

Trichome density is relatively easy to distinguish with the naked eye. Quality buds will be covered in trichomes that sparkle like crystals in light. 

Trichome color indicates ripeness. Using a magnifying glass, inspect the trichome head to determine ripeness.  Differentiate prematurely harvested and over-ripened buds. 

Ideally, the trichome heads should be milky white, possibly with a hint of amber. If the trichome heads are clear, the plant was harvested prematurely, and if all the heads are amber, the plant was harvested after peak ripeness.

Taste Inspection

Just like anything we consume the flavor should be appealing. Your body is evolved to know what it desires and what can cause it harm. 

Quality Cannabis should have an enjoyable smooth flavor. Foul-tasting buds can be a sign of mold or mildew.

Avoid buds If you taste chemicals or metallics, there may be pesticides or other contaminants present. If you experience discomfort or any sort of unpleasurable flavor, discontinue use right away.

Additional Analysis 

Though not applicable for everyone, portable tests allow early detection and quality control of cannabis.

Potency Inspection 

Home testing kits allow you to use a small amount of cannabis to detect cannabinoid levels.Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC). Consists of easy sample preparation coupled with inexpensive, rapid and sensitive selection of both the stationary and mobile phases.

This approach does not achieve as clean a separation as Other Methods when it comes to polar compounds.

Until now, lab testing was the only way to assure potency and quality. Recently, reliable home testing kits are available to consumers and small scale growers.

Pathogens Inspection

Technological advances have made it possible to adopt lab tests into portable field detectors. 

Pathogens can be found by gene amplification and detection by the use of automated PCR designed to detect a variety of microorganisms found in cannabis.

Cannabis Inspection

Before consumption Smell the cannabis, visually inspect, and make sure the taste is apitable, do not consume any if you find evidence of mold. Additionally you may want to conduct further tests. 

When smoking you should enjoy a fruity, spicy, pungent, natural flavor, if you taste any chemical-like substance do not risk contamination. 

Additional Tip

When trying a new strain or batch of cannabis, always start with low doses and gradually increase according to preference. 

Cannabis 2.0

What is cannabis 2.0

Cannabis 2.0 refers to production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals including infused beverages, pastries, gummies and various other products.

Cannabis Edibles 

Orally ingested doses are processed by the digestive system and liver prior to entering the bloodstream. Ingested cannabinoids are absorbed slowly, have delayed effects and are metabolized slower compared to inhaling them. Most edibles contain a significant amount of THC, however, it is best to stick to natural. 

Product Transition 

Cannabis 2.0 enables to interest those who might not otherwise consume cannabis products. It allows companies to produce a consistent scalable product. 

As the industry grows, new supplementary industries develop.

The cannabis High-Tech Industry is developing around providing supporting services to Cannabis 2.0 producers.

These technological innovations require knowledge, experience, facilities and investment. Without the ability to sell higher-margin products, it would be increasingly difficult to develop new products.

Once production is optimized products can be shipped to consumers at relatively low costs.

Many new companies emerge supplying a wide range of products for recreational use.

The tax revenue generated by the industry can be utilized for rehabilitation from alcohol and painkillers.

Technology 

Traditionally, cannabinoids are decarboxylated and enter directly to the bloodstream via the alveoli during the smoking process. In order to produce the natural cannabis feeling, it is important to Profile the Constituents of cannabis smoke and engineer a formulation that would emulate those constituents after liver metabolism. Significant research is being performed to understand what the average consumer likes and why. 

The ability to efficiently isolate specific compounds is a vital first step in producing New Generation Products. There are various sources of phytochemicals that can be incorporated into Cannabis 2.0 products, including the most commonly known Terpenes.

Biotechnological practices make it possible to analyze, sequence and modify plants for optimum production. Research in the field is producing products like Home-Grown Cannabis test Kits and phylogenetic predictive software.  

Infusion Products Developed and tested allow restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops on local scale to serve fresh effect based sustenance to their customers. 

Profitability

Currently cannabis businesses have zero or no margin. Regulations make it difficult to expand and receive access to capital.

There is light at the end of the prohibition tunnel; customers are able to fulfil demand through legal channels including Digital Commerce.

New emerging products provide access to new and returning customers. 

Market 

Any product mass produced today has strict guidelines of production. It is important to set realistic Cannabis Regulations that balance safety needs with an open competitive market. Overregulation can create monopolies and cartels that hurt the consumer. 

Politics

While some argue that cannabis like coffee, alcohol and tobacco is damaging, it is part citizens’ autonomy and does not harm others or stomp productivity. International demand for homogenization and normalization of the cannabis industry is rising and many politicians plan on reflecting this view in their campaigns.   
Cannabis 2.0 is here to stay and opens up many opportunities and collaborations in retail/product development. If you are in the field or are interested in joining the cannabis market make sure to Reach Out.