503 Mall Court P.O. Box 252,
Cannaltyics LLC is a medical cannabis testing laboratory based in Lansing and offers analysis services to dispensaries, caregivers and patients interested in testing the potency of medicine.
Cannalytics services at least one local dispensary, Compassionate Apothecary at 2201 E. Michigan Ave., but it also works with dispensaries in Ann Arbor, Owosso, Mt. Pleasant and Flint. The laboratory uses a technique called high-performance liquid chromatography, which is used in analytical biochemistry to identify and evaluate the properties of a sample.
Cannalytics’ website says: “Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabinol (CBN) are the main chemical compounds found in cannabis shown to have medicinal benefits.” Through the testing process, analyzed samples are given a cannabinoid profile (i.e., a percentage of THC, CBD, and CBN) and reported back to the individual or dispensary. THC is the most active psychoactive substance found in cannabis and is generally considered the most important cannabinoid in medical cannabis. CBD and CBN are cannabinoids with varying psychoactive effects, but which also may have positive effects on inflammation, anxiety and nausea, as well as inhibit cancer cell growth.
Cannaltyics’ website has a tremendous amount of information that is well organized with useful information about the company and the efficacy of cannabis. After setting up an account, individuals are able to log in and review test results as well as print out labels for their medicine listing specific cannabinoid profiles. The site also links to scientific research articles on studies from throughout the world.
Zach Jarou, scientific director at Cannalytics, said samples may be dropped off to Cannaltyics, or to a local dispensary working with the site, or arrangements can be made to have samples picked up for an additional cost. In order to properly analyze samples, a half-gram must be available to test concentrates, one gram for plant material and a full sample of an edible, like a cookie or a brownie. Cannaltyics also conducts “batch” testing for larger quantities. The batch is then sealed in tamper resistant packaging and labeled with results.
Testing runs $60 for a single sample and $400 for ten samples. Results are ready in two business days. Jarou said he looks forward to working with the Legislature to "assure the safety and purity of cannabis" in any future efforts to address the dispensing of cannabis.
Jarou said testing for mold, pesticides and other toxic agents to better evaluate the purity of cannabis is forthcoming with a new workspace. Cannalytics is open to working with dispensaries whose mission is similar to its own: "To provide licensed patients and caregivers with the information that they need to ensure that their medicine is safe and effective.”
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