Accurately assessing THC levels is essential for cannabis users, and the best way to do this is with high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). This device is highly sensitive and can quickly analyze THC in medical laboratories. However, it is not the most suitable solution for analyzing THC levels in foodstuffs. Fortunately, there is an easier and more affordable option: Purpl PRO.
This cannabis potency measurement system connects via Bluetooth to any smartphone, allowing users to analyze samples in the field with laboratory precision. It measures the potency of both THC and CBD. When calculating the final levels of THC, it is important to consider the efficiency of the conversion of THCA to THC. This will depend on the time the flower is exposed to heat, the exact heating temperature, and the device used.
Knowing the THC content allows users to weigh their flowers and calculate the exact amount of THC in each dose of oil or brownie. Method 1, which only adds up the percentages of THCA and THC, is too simplistic and overestimates the THC content. The molecule is converted to THC when exposed to heat in a process called decarboxylation that expels the carboxyl group, leaving THC behind. Cannabinol (CBD) is another active ingredient in cannabis that has gained attention due to its entourage effect with THC, as well as its potential applications for epilepsy, inflammation, and anxiety.
However, it is important to note that a THC content of 0.82% and a THCA content of 17.4% does not equal a total THC value of 18.2%.