PhytoFacts With Josh Wurzer and Alec Dixon (MJ BizCon)
PhytoFacts Launched by SC Labs Provide Advanced Chemometrics Reporting That Will Redefine How We Shop for Cannabis. SC Laboratories, Inc., (SC Labs) has announced that it has licensed Napro Research LLC’s proprietary data visualization tool PhytoFacts. Clients testing cannabis through the lab will now have access to this game-changing reporting format and algorithm that provides a visual profile of each strain’s chemical makeup. The company aims to lead the conversation away from the Indica and Sativa, or the THC potency race, and begin defining cannabis through its chemometric strain characterizations. “The problem is that there is little standardization when it comes to defining and determining terpenes,” according to Josh Wurzer, co-founder, and President of SC Labs. “Many of the largest flower and concentrate brands are promoting terpene content in a less than an ideal manner. Cultivators, processors, retailers, and consumers could benefit from greater standardization when evaluating product quality and distinguishing label claims.” These chemometric profiles offer a more complete and visual overview of cannabis strains by pairing SC Labs’ proprietary testing protocol with intuitive reports that complement a certificate of analysis (COA).
End users from cultivators to consumers will be able to see the plant’s chemical profile, the proportion of terpenoids to cannabinoids, organoleptic attributes, and potential entourage effects, as noted by Mark A. Lewis and Ethan B. Russo, who advanced the science of terpenes through their publication titled, “Pharmacological Foundations of Cannabis Chemovars.” Indica and Sativa are outdated and now obsolete terms when attempting to describe the effect of cannabis strains. They are, instead, morphological terms that primarily describe plants’ growth trait,” according to Alec Dixon, co-founder, and Director of Client Relations. “The time has come that we as a community take a more educated and sophisticated approach towards understanding the range of what cannabis has to offer through establishing more appropriate markers for quality and predicting effects through chemical composition. The chemotype, or chemical makeup of cannabinoids and terpenes, are the bioactive compounds that create the unique entourage effects contained within the plant, and terpene content preserved is one of the greatest markers to substantiate quality from how a plant was grown. The quality of cannabis should be evaluated more holistically with THC being used as one of many markers alongside total terpene content, major and minor cannabinoid ratios, and relative cannabinoid to terpene ratios.”