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How Licensed Producers Extract More Value Through Potency Testing

March 24, 2023

Accurate real-time testing plays a broader role in extraction best practices than licensed producers may think. It eases key production challenges, informs improved processes and helps extractors tailor their products.  As of February, 2023, the cannabis industry is facing external financial challenges, and extractors are operating within tight profit margins. When dealing with external business […]

Extractors: It’s Time to Punch Up Your Profits

March 22, 2023

Last year, the federal government projected huge profits for the Canadian cannabis industry. Last Wednesday, five of its leading CEOs gathered at a Parliament press conference to highlight the challenges many LPs are facing.  The struggle continues for licensed providers to scale sustainably amid high government taxation and inflation. Executives making their pilgrimage to the […]

Purplefarm Genetics.
A Case Study

February 13, 2023

Purplefarm Genetics is a licensed producer of cannabis located in Ontario, Canada. They specialize in pheno hunting and supplying Canada’s recreational and medicinal markets. Their brand is built on quality and the pursuit of creating exciting new strains in the cannabis space.

Canada’s Cannabis Act Amendment Forever Changes the Beverage Industry

February 7, 2023

Canada, the progressive cannabis country, ushered in amendments to their Cannabis Act that promote more testing and finally give cannabis beverages a chance to compete in the beverage space. As of December 2, 2022, Canadian adults who previously were only allowed to possess a maximum of 6 355ml cans will see that number rise to […]

The Importance of Accuracy in Cannabis Potency Testing

February 3, 2023

As the saying goes, “numbers don’t lie.” In the cannabis industry, that’s not always the case. Because wholesalers and distributors peg crop prices to THC and CBD percentages, a potency “arms race” has developed. Some growers are reporting THC percentages in the 30% and 40% range — and beyond. There’s incredible incentive to “lab shop” […]

Ekidna Wins the Next Big Thing at Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs)

December 20, 2022

The Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) is an annual award ceremony and gala that celebrates Ottawa’s history of innovative, ethical and profitable business and recognizes its entrepreneurial spirit.

Pheno Hunting for Brand Superiority

December 9, 2022

Competition in the recreational cannabis industry is fierce, and billions of dollars are up for grabs. There is no NIKE, no Apple, no one brand widely recognized as the industry leader. The field is open, and the (pheno) hunt is on for the next super strain and the next super brand.  Who will create the […]

Innovating with sensors at your fingertips for the cannabis industry

December 2, 2022

Three years ago, while Nic Boileau was conducting research on biosensors as a PhD candidate, he got the idea for Ekidna. He started the company with a team of professors and PhD researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Science at uOttawa in 2019. After leading his company to success, Nic reflects on the resources that he leveraged to start Ekidna as a student.

Testing is Key to Growing 20%+ THC Cannabis That Sells

August 31, 2022

In the North American market, the higher your cannabis’ THC count, the better the price you can get for your crops. Testing crop inputs and doing potency testing to time your harvest can help you produce a product that sells quickly, and for a better price.

Beware These Possible Sources of Pesticide Contamination in Cannabis Crops

July 12, 2022

Dr Cory Harris, an expert in cannabis and Tom Shipley, former CSO of Canopy Growth, provide five possible sources of pesticide contamination, and explain how to find the problem.

Should Your Cannabis Company Build Its Own Testing Lab?

June 17, 2022

Tom Shipley, former CSO for Canopy Growth, oversaw the design, construction and optimisation of 13 cannabinoid labs in multiple countries. In this article he gives you an tour of the costs and challenges of building your own on-premises lab.

Growing Up: the Outlook for the Cannabis Market in 2022 and Beyond

May 23, 2022

Here’s a look at the factors shaping the market in the decade to come. While the legal cannabis market is expected to grow past 2030, the market is maturing since the “gold rush” of 2017–2020. This means there’s some consolidation happening in agricultural production and product manufacturing, and things are tougher for Mom and Pop producers.