What analytical process does LightLab use?

You can think of LightLab as a mini-HPLC, which is what your laboratory most likely uses to test your samples. LightLab combines liquid chromatography, which separates the compounds, and spectroscopy, which uses light to make a quantitative measurement.  Our patent pending detection system borrows technology from  the mars rover making LightLab “Mars Technology for Marijuana”.


What cannabinoids does LightLab report? 

LightLab reports data for the six Cannabinoids most frequently related to quality control, product value and return on investment. Those cannabinoids are Δ9THC (Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), THC-A (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid), CBD (Cannabidiol), CBD-A (Cannabidiolic Acid), CBN (Cannabinol), and CBG-A (Cannabigerolic Acid)


How long does it take to run a sample?

Ten minutes. It takes two minutes to zero the instrument, and eight minutes to analyze the sample. 


Is LightLab easy to use? 

LightLab was designed with the non-technical user in mind. LightLab has step-by-step instructions on the screen to guide you through sample preparation and analysis of all sample types. In addition, there is an illustrated User’s Guide as well as videos covering the entire process. 


How much sample do I need?

It depends on what you are measuring.  100mg is required for cured cannabis flower and concentrates, 1g is required for hemp and wet flower.  Infused products vary from 100mg to 5g depending on the sample type. You will see on-screen sample prep instructions to guide you through the process. 


What products can LightLab measure?

Most products that contain cannabinoids can be measured including Cannabis flower (marijuana or hemp), concentrates, distillates, wet plant, immature plant, cured flower, oil, raffinate and some infused products with customized sample preparation.


How do I get results?

Test results are available in three formats. Results will appear on your LightLab screen, may be downloaded as a CSV file, or imported in to a printable PDF report.


What is the accuracy of LightLab?

LightLab uses similar technology to labs, and thus reports results with similar accuracy to a well operated lab.  Typical results will fall within 2% of a lab result for flower and 3% for concentrates.  LightLab repeatability is +/-1%.  Note this does not include the variation in sample (no two buds are exactly identical) or errors in sample preparation by the laboratory or LightLab operator.


How does LightLab compare to my lab?

LightLab uses similar technology to labs, and thus reports results with similar accuracy to a well operated lab.  Typical results will fall within 2% of a lab result for flower and 3% for concentrates.  LightLab repeatability is +/-1%.  Note this does not include the variation in sample (no two buds are exactly identical) or errors in sample preparation by the laboratory or LightLab operator.


Can I use LightLab for my Certificate of Analysis? 

In most states you can’t though you can check with your state’s requirements to be sure.  Typically, a Certificate of Analysis must be provided by a third party, state accredited laboratory.  LightLab can be used for all quality control testing so that only the final sample is sent to the lab, thus reducing the time and cost of lab testing by a huge amount.


How often is LightLab software updated?

We release updates regularly. Minor bug fixes are made available as soon as they are tested and improved. 


Where do you ship?

The United States and Canada.


How often do I need to get LightLab Calibrated?

LightLab comes to you fully calibrated and ready to run. LightLab should be calibrated every 1000 samples or every 12 months, whichever comes first. Ask about our calibration packages and extended warranty options.


What support is available if I have questions?

OP’s Technical Support is at your disposal! Call or email the team at (603) 573-9212, support@orangephotonics.com.