Cannabinoid Potency Testing



Our cannabinoid potency test provides quantitative information on the active cannabinoids present in a sample. The term Cannabinoids originally referred to a class of oxygen containing aromatic compounds which contained 21 carbons that were produced by Cannabis sativa. Now cannabinoids have a broader definition referred to as phytocannabinoids. This includes the original compounds as well as anything that is similar in structure (including synthetic cannabinoids created in labs).


How We Test for Cannabinoids


We test for cannabinoids using Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography (UHPLC), which separates the cannabinoids and other organic molecules on a column based on interactions with the stationary phase. They are then pushed through a diode array detector (DAD) which examines parts of the UV-Visible spectrum where the organic compound absorbs light. Depending on the intensity of the absorption, we can analyze the concentration of the cannabinoids present.


Cannabinoids We Test For:



  • ∆9-THC
  • THCA
  • CBD
  • CBDA
  • CBN
  • CBG



  • CBGA
  • ∆8-THC*
  • THCV*
  • CBC*
  • CBDV*


* Included in expanded potency analysis

All R&D results are unofficial. For information on certified testing please call the lab at (858) 623-2740.


We currently follow activity levels based on the 2018 California Cannabis Regulations. To view these, visit our 2018 CA Testing Regulations page.

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