The Synthetic TCH Risk: GemmaCert has a Solution

There are ever more reports of cannabis supplied to coffeeshops across The Netherlands with synthetic THC. This poses a serious business and health risk. The Meetpoint coffeeshop recently raised awareness about this risk by social media.

Fortunately, there is a solution available to detect synthetic THC.  The answer is the GemmaCert smart cannabis analyser, used by professionals in over thirty countries, and by many coffeeshops in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities, including The Bulldog, Prix d’Ami, Green House Seed Company coffeeshops, Boerenjoengens, and Meetpoint.

GemmaCert devices have already detected synthetic THC in cannabis, recently in Switzerland. Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. They are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than natural cannabis; their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening.

GemmaCert is the only company specializing in diagnostic solutions for cannabis with its own in-house ISO 17085 certified analytical laboratory. The GemmaCert patented solution, combines Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, image analysis and machine learning. NIR spectroscopy is used across multiple industries, most critically in the pharmaceutical industry. GemmaCert’s solution is CE compliant, TÜV Rheinland certified and conforming with German Pharmacopeia.

GemmaCert owns the world’s largest NIR reference database for cannabis. Thousands of flowers have been sourced from around the world and tested by the GemmaCert team since 2015. The database is growing on a continuous basis. Customers have accumulated over 1 million spectral datapoints on their GemmaCert devices.

Two of the most important assets a coffeeshop has are its brand and the trust of its customers. Synthetic THC is a threat to both. Smart coffeeshops will adopt NIR-based solutions, such as those provided by GemmaCert for quality management and to make sure that they are not tricked into buying CBD treated with synthetic THC.