Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for potency, profile, and fingerprinting

Alongside cannabis legalization comes the mandatory testing requirements, implemented throughout all layers of the industry. Although consumers may believe otherwise, the testing sector is far from settled on a single technology or approach.

Different markets (and even individual laboratories and chemists within those markets) may work with mixed methodologies. Two of the most common approaches include mass spectrometry and chromatography. But a third approach, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), is gaining traction as a cost-effective, faster, and accurate option.

Although NMR may sound like technology more useful for the space program than for the cannabis industry, it may offer something new within the cannabis testing space. It's not only fast and accurate; it may be able to truly fingerprint individual cultivars — something current testing technologies have yet to accomplish.

NMR promises a cheaper, more accurate, and faster method to profile cannabis, but with an industry already reliant on several other models, like mass spectrometry, will this advanced testing method catch on?


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