Instant THC and CBD Potency in Edibles by Near Infrared (NIR)

by Paul on August 14, 2021

What is the best and fastest way to measure your cannabinoid products’ THC potency and CBD potency? B/R’s Near Infrared analyzers (a.k.a. The Gummy Gun) can instantly examine gummies, edibles, tablets, vape juice, and more.

Measuring CBD and THC in edibles such as gummies can be time-consuming and error-prone. The most common method is to dissolve the edible in a solvent and then complete an HPLC analysis. However, dissolving the gummy is a pain, and running the HPLC takes both time and an experienced operator.

Contact B/R today to see how our Gummy Gun can save you time and money with instant THC and CBD potency analysis.

Instant THC and CBD Potency with Near Infrared
Gummy Gun – Instant THC and CBD Potency in Edibles

How does Near Infrared (NIR) measure Cannabinoid product potency?

When shining Near Infrared (NIR) light on an edible, THC and CBD absorb and refract an amount of NIR light proportional to their concentrations in specific regions of the NIR spectra. Chemometrics instantly determines the potency of the cannabinoids of interest. Once calibrated, no sample prep or HPLC is required. An entry-level employee can perform the test.

THC - CBD NIR Spectra
Example of an NIR spectrum

What are the benefits of instantly measuring THC and CBD Potency in Edibles by Near Infrared (NIR)?

You can set up the NIR Gummy Gun to verify the cannabinoid concentration of each and every edible as it comes off the production line.

If you only occasionally test edible units by HPLC, you run the risk of missing off-spec units.

100% testing of all edibles gives you complete confidence that every item being shipped to consumers is in compliance. Out-of-spec product is immediately detected and flagged for removal before it leaves the production line.

NIR can also detect incomplete homogenization of ingredients. Early detection of under or over blending prevents shipping of products with inconsistent THC or CBD content and gives an early warning of production problems.

What else is Near Infrared (NIR) used for?

Aside from edibles, NIR is used to measure THC, CBD, moister and other cannabinoids in flower.

NIR for cannabinoids can also be used to monitor THC remediation of crude extracts, monitoring of decarboxylation of THC and CBD, extraction monitoring, and conversion monitoring of CBD to delta8 THC.

Contact B/R today for more information about the NIR Gummy Gun.

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