Product quality and potency yield: the cornerstones on which every cannabis producer builds their business. The quality of your finished products gets customers to buy from you and keeps them coming back. The potency yield you generate from the plants you process will greatly impact your production capabilities. The greater the THC and CBD yield, the more finished products you can produce.
Tracking and Tracing are Key
The techniques you and your suppliers apply while growing cannabis are obviously the primary factors in ensuring the quality and potency yield of your finished products. But just as important is your ability to record, track, and trace your quality and yield measurement results. Gaining access to this data gives you the information you need to have discussions with your internal production teams and your suppliers on any changes that need to be made to drive quality and yield in the right direction.
Determine Quality and Yield Attributes
The first step in tracking the quality and potency yield of your cannabis products is to determine the attributes you need to record or are required to record according to the regulations of the states you operate in. Then get an initial baseline of the quality and yield of your products today and where you want those numbers to be.
For example, you may want to track the volume of extraction from the various plant strains you work with. It’s important to run quality tests on products in their various forms—flowers, distillates, edibles, and finished products. You also need to determine what to test for such as specific heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, THC content, CBC content, and total cannabinoids.
Tracking Quality and Potency
Here are a few of the key high-level inventory product quality and potency yield categories to track on purchased and cultivated cannabis:
- Product potencies (for TCH and CBD)
- Cannabinoid potency percentages (from starting raw materials to finished products)
- Potency yield of flowers
- Potency yield from flower to distillate to finished product (run quality tests at each product phase)
- Flower bountifulness ratings
- Flower color ratings
- Number of cannabinoids produced by each plant
- Percentage of seeds that turn into viable plants
- Cannabis volumes produced by plant crops
While you run your material and products through tests to determine the above factors, you’ll need to quarantine products until tested for quality and state requirements. Also keep in mind that products can inherit the testing results of the material they came from in some cases
A Solution for Recording, Tracking and Tracing Quality and Yield
As you track quality and yield testing, also track issue mitigation. This will help you in your future production plans on how to resolve those issues to increase quality and yield. Many growing cannabis producers have solved the challenge of tracking product quality and potency yield by transitioning to an ERP system such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
An ERP system goes beyond the basic seed to sale capabilities and centralizes the entire business, including the operational aspects of tracking yield and potency, and managing compliance and quality controls.
SilverLeaf, powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central also integrates all financial and production functions to optimize cannabis business operations. The solution was built for cannabis growers and processors with cannabis-specific enhancements unique to your industry.
With SilverLeaf, for example, when you receive test results back from the lab, you can then track the results and attach the data to products throughout their lifecycle, even if a product changes, such as a flower processed into an oil. The system automatically has the oil inherit the flower test results, and you can test the oil again for any change in the potency yield. SilverLeaf can trace testing all the way until a product goes out the door, and you can always trace testing backwards, down to the original plant and where it physically moved throughout the process
SilverLeaf gives you the flexibility to record and track any product attributes that impact quality and yield. You can also track materials and products as they go through the quarantine and testing stages. And if any quality or yield issues arise, you can trace mitigation efforts until the issues are resolved.
Beyond Software, Solutions to Master Cannabis Operations
While SilverLeaf and D365 can easily manage all your quality and yield testing and tracking, the solution provides more than a software solution. The cannabis industry has numerous regulatory issues and areas to address, including warehousing, inventory controls, audit trails, tax compliance and financial reporting and more. Mastering cannabis operations encompasses all of these areas, and the SilverLeaf team is here to help. Join us for our 4-part series on Mastering Cannabis Operations.