Afraid of the Impending Testing delay in California? Let Sage Analytics Help.

Recently, Marijuana Business Daily published an article about California testing labs are expecting a ‘bottleneck’ in July.  Come July 1, 2018,  only lab-tested products may be sold by licensed retailers.  Most labs are predicting a shortage of testing services which translates to long waits for results that will lead to inevitable delays on approvals for selling products.  You can read the full article here:  California testing labs expect marijuana ‘bottleneck’ in July

Sage Analytics is here to help you stay ahead of the curve. 

Third party validation is required for official Certificates of Authenticity (CoA’s) for your product and it should be. CoA’s help protect both you (the cannabis producer) and the consumer. 

However, many players in the cannabis supply chain have come to rely upon potency data for key decisions in buying, selling, trading, and producing. These tests aren’t required by the government, but in many ways they are just as important in guiding product quality. If the number of required government third party validation tests skyrockets with the new regulations, it only makes sense that there will be some delay in test turnaround as our top notch CA labs adjust and grow to match the increased demand. We at Sage Analytics, along with our manufacturing colleagues at the CCIA, predicted this might happen and even wrote an article warning  of this eventuality for Terpenes and Testing. Sage Analytics: Lighting the Way Through the Storm.

In the meantime, all of your extra testing that is critical for day to day operations decisions will be delayed as many licensed laboratory facilities struggle to keep up with producing 3rd party validated results. We provide you the power to test in house and make those decisions your production, leaving only the legal requirement for CoA in the hands of the accredited test labs. We are not a replacement for the critical 3rd party validation testing that serves as a safeguard, but we let you do all the testing you want and need in instances where CoA is not required. Using only light to measure, you can get a potency reading on cured plant or pure extract every 9 seconds without destroying your product. We supply you with the ability to get data every day to describe your product and how to make it better, and we are even happy to supply some information on standard operating procedures for process optimization. 

Don’t get caught by the delay. Don’t be surprised by lab results. Make confident decisions based on hard numbers at the negotiating table. Stop waiting and guessing and start optimizing!

Written by Alex Makowski. 

Dr. Alexander J. Makowski currently serves as the Chief Scientist at Sage Analytics

Sage Analytics Featured in Terpenes and Testing Magazine

Sage Anayltics’s in-house cannabis potency testers the Beacon and the Profiler test the CBD and THC content in cannabis flowers in seconds, giving cannabis labs, dispensaries and growers the ability to have lab grade potency details for their products.

Sage Analytics was founded on the idea of bringing these tried and true principles of quality control and analytical testing into the cannabis industry. Leveraging 17 years of experience in design, customization, and automation of analytical testing for highly regulated FDA manufacturing environments with our parent company Prozess Technologie, we created the Sage Beacon and Luminary for accurate and precise in-house potency analysis. To this end, we were able to pre-program the chemometric techniques we supply to household pharmaceutical brands for cannabis flower and extract, packing the science inside our plug- and-play touchscreen interface devices. Thus, you receive testing within seconds with no cost and downtime in production.

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Terpenes & Testing article - Beacon

Terpenes & Testing article - Beacon

Sage Analytics Featured in SunGrower Magazine 2018 Spring Issue

Smaller plants,  bigger returns; Refining cultivation with technology.

Doing business as a cannabis cultivator is increasingly competitive.  In this article learn how cultivators are using cannabis potency testing technology to improve product and decrease overhead.   Some growers, like Mission Nurseries are using potency testing technology of Sage Analytics to take the highroad towards boutique flowers – rather than racing to the bottom to compete on price.

By using Sage Analytics testing, Mission Nurseries, was able to correlate THC potency with premium aroma.  Because additional vegetative growth wasn’t achieving a higher quality flower, the growth period was shortened. Now they more smaller plants for less time and have a higher ROI.

Contact Lauren for more information on Sage Analytics potency testing technology at laurenw@sageanalytics.com 

Read full article on page 21. 

Bring Knowledge to the Buying Table

How dispensaries can benefit from using the Sage Analytics Profiler II.

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It’s an exciting time for the cannabis industry as it marches towards the end of prohibition. As the industry matures, businesses must find ways to improve – or else risk being left behind.  One of the biggest issues in cannabis today is that many products are inaccurately labeled for potency.

Because cannabis is not federally legal, testing facilities and devices are not federally mandated to adhere to the same reference standards for data. Simply put, this means that there is little or no quality assurance when it comes to potency testing.

Sage Analytics’ Profiler II helps with these concerns and adds value to dispensaries through instant and accurate THC/CBD testing for cured flowers and concentrates. The result of having an accurate potency measurement device on site is the ability to negotiate price and to improve quality control and pass on better products to customers and patients – a luxury that has not even been possible to date due to the high cost and skill requirement.

With the Sage Analytics easy-to-use technology, dispensaries can now measure potency right at the buying table. Near-infrared light is shone through a small measurement window where the product is placed, and the potency results are displayed within seconds. Dispensaries know the true potency of what they are buying on the spot. This translates into buying and offering better products at a fair price, which, in turn, increases consumer confidence, health and safety, and ultimately loyalty.

On-site cannabis testing allows dispensaries to make informed purchasing decisions based on the strength and composition of cannabis products instead of just by weight and relying on what the grower thinks the potency might be. Accurate testing is crucial for medical cannabis patients who need specific therapeutic effects. It’s also important for adult-use consumers because products vary widely in their potency, which will influence the experience.

Dispensaries can learn more by contacting Lauren Wilson  at laurenw@sageanalytics.com or calling 650.492.8500.

 

Why is it Important to Measure Potency?

 

In the field of pharmacology, potency is a measure of drug activity expressed in terms of the amount required to produce an effect of given intensity. It’s the same concept for cannabis.  For the end consumer, understanding potency is critical.

Different people use cannabis for different reasons. Stress relief strains are different than strains used to treat insomnia.  Consumers have a right to know what they are buying, its likely effects, and how much of the product is necessary to achieve the desired effects. Dispensaries who truly serve their customers with the most knowledge and best product for their needs will serve the clientele much more effectively.   For growers, the valuation of their product is tied to its potency, and for extract and edible processors, creating products with consistent THC or CBD content is paramount for building a brand consumers can trust.  Thus, the accurate measurement of cannabinoid content from seed-to-sale is an important process.

While cannabis legislation is evolving, the testing requirements are currently less stringent than those mandated for pharmaceuticals. That being so, the economic importance of being able measure potency consistently from the growth process to the point of sale, is important to industry professionals who are striving to create the best products out there.

THC is the primary and most prevalent psychoactive compound in marijuana. CBD does not provide the psychoactive stimulation of THC, but rather delivers the physiological relaxation associated with anxiety relief, muscle relaxation, and appetite stimulation.

The need exists for a testing standardization that is useful in any state or country, by any business in the industry ecosystem, and by any employee, operator or customer. Meeting this need is critical for the seamless advancement of medical and recreational marijuana in all states and at the federal level. The Sage Analytics Profiler II delivers an eloquent solution to that need!

The CannaMetric Profile™ measured by the Profiler II™ brings transparency and consistency to the potency measurements of cannabis products for all phases of the eco-system. Growers, edibles & extract processors, labs, and dispensaries will all communicate potency levels in a consistent, timely manner. Ultimately, the CannaMetric Profile readings measured by the Profiler II will give consumers and the different businesses within the industry supply chain the power to confidently determine the cannabis strain, or extract that best suits their needs.

Contact Lauren Wilson at laurenw@sageanalytics.com or call 650.492.8500

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Mission Nurseries Case Study

Take the Guess Work out of Growing. How a California Cultivator Revolutionized Growing Technique with In-House Testing

Goal of Mission Nurseries: To produce odoriferous, high-THC inflorescences.

Approach: Cannabinoid testing for genetic selection and information on CBD and THC Levels throughout the growing cycle.

Outcomes: Unexpected cannabinoid profiles from familiar strainsEvolution of new growing practices, cost savings, higher-quality flower and lower labor costs.

“We’ve done THC testing of different-sized plants, and what we’ve found is additional growth time — to get a bigger plant to improve yield — actually costs you THC and ‘nose.’ As the structure gets above a certain size, it grows more wood than flower. You’re losing some of the energy of the plant going into the structure,” says Davis. “So we’ve changed our growing methodology by using testing.”

For more information on the Sage Analytics Beacon or Profiler, contact Lauren Wilson at laurenw@sageanalytics.com or call 650-492-8500.

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Sage Analytics Beacon Profiler Featured in MG Cannabis Retailer

2018 is going to be great year for the cannabis community. We are kicking off the year with a spotlight in mg Cannabis Retailer.

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The Sage Analytics Beacon Profiler is a desktop cannabis testing machine that provides real-time potency measurements, including total THC, THCA, CBD and CBDA. Designed for control freaks, whether they’re growers, labs, or MIP producers.

  • Integrated touchscreen
  • Perfect for those with limited space
  • Perfect point-of-sale campanion
  • Real-time laboratory grade potency testing

Contact Lauren Wilson at laurenw@sageanalytics.com for details.

Sage Analytics’ Chief Scientist featured in CannabisBusiness Times.

Michigan Releases Medical Marijuana Regulations, Opens Licensing Applications

“Michigan’s testing requirements are the government’s first line of defense for the consumer. Growers should test their product in their own facilities when possible to ensure they know what to expect from lab results.” – Alexander Makowski, Ph.D, chief scientist at Sage Analytics

Link to full article here:

http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/michigan-releases-medical-marijuana-regulations-opens-licensing-applications/

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Beacon Profiler: Lighting the Way through the Storm

Sage Analytics Beacon Profiler Featured in Terpenes and Testing Magazine

“There is a thorough misconception in the cannabis industry that because of the local level of regulation, that testing either cannot or should not be standardized. Unfortunately, this mentality has led to an atmosphere of doubt, uncertainty, and even chaos as a myriad of regulations and certifications that leave patients, recreational users, concerned moms, and even some producers baffled. Perpetuating this misconception is the arguably dangerous and erroneous belief that the legalization status of cannabis should have any bearing on the way cannabis is produced or tested.

Sage Analytics was founded on the idea of bringing these tried and true principles of quality control and analytical testing into the cannabis industry. Leveraging 17 years of experience in design, customization, and automation of analytical testing for highly regulated FDA manufacturing environments.

Product consistency is the key to consumer confidence and safety. As scientists, we want to focus on the facts, but there is no reason why the testing for safety shouldn’t be seen as a boon to business. Proper dosing of infused products is key for client security and safety, but we should also see it as an avenue for celebrating our dedication to optimal production quality.

Product consistency is the key to consumer confidence and safety. As scientists, we want to focus on the facts, but there is no reason why the testing for safety shouldn’t be seen as a boon to business. In fact, this idea is rooted in the history of American manufacturing. Most of the first trademarked brands in America were in fact about touting
consistency. ”  – Terpenes and Testing Article.

Contact  laurenw@sageanalytics.com  for more information.

Terpenes & Testing article - Beacon

Terpenes & Testing article - Beacon

Terpenes & Testing article - Beacon

Sage Analytics Humboldt Profiler II Featured in The Portland Pheonix

Sage Analytics Humboldt Profiler II Featured in The Portland Pheonix

THIS MACHINE TESTS HOW STRONG YOUR BUD IS — HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. 

Sage Analytics Portland Phoenix Article

The Profiler II uses near-infrared spectroscopy to analyze a marijuana sample. There’s some hard science behind this, which involves measuring the overtones and combinations of bond vibrations in molecules. The cannabis sample is bathed in near-infrared light and by measuring and comparing the wavelengths of what’s reflected and what’s absorbed by the sample, an observer can calculate exactly what’s in it. Light particles, known as photos, contain a lot of information. Thankfully, you don’t need to know anything about the electromagnetic spectrum, because the machine does all the heavy lifting, spitting out data after about 10 seconds. Near-infrared technology is a fast, reliable, and non-destructive technique used already in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries.

The technology is typically only available for people in scientific careers priced at hundreds of thousands of dollars, however, it has been used through these smaller devices by growers, extract producers, edible manufacturers, and dispensaries for a couple years now.

“We took the same technology that was being used in pharma to test drugs and designed it to test the potency of cannabis,” said Wilson. “It’s an FDA approved technology and it’s very inexpensive.”

Read the full article here: https://www.portlandphoenix.me/columns/homegrown-in-maine/item/7100-this-machine-tests-how-strong-your-bud-is-here-s-how-it-works