The liquid chromatography test does not use heat and thus does not decarboxylate the material before testing, hence the THC-A.
Like I stated before these tests were preformed to see the Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid content fresh material.
In doing this, InI have proven the need for properly curing the medicine.
This is how we realize the 25% Delta-9 THC potential instead of the 16.46% that is currently being decarboxylated by heat alone. My tests indicate that the month old material can be heated and decarboxylates more efficiently than the fresh dried. But what these tests also show, is the 18.41% sample which has a 1 month cure, has still not fully decarboxylated to its 25% potential either.
Assuming that the rate of decarboxylation is not exponential, we can see that roughly 2% of the 8.58% of THC-A not being converted into THC in the fresh sample has been converted in the one month cure sample. So 2% per month, roughly, which would theoretically translate into a 4 month cure to fully activate the material. However, I expect the rate of decarboxylation to decrease with the moisture content of the sample, as it is the release of gas and water vapor we are after. Therefore, I expect the highest rates of decarboxylation to occur when there are the highest occurrence of water in the material. Which, in turn, means decarboxylation will occur more slowly the drier the material becomes.
The difference between the liquid and gas chromatography tests is primarily the application of heat, such as when vaporizing.
I hope this gives you a better idea of what I am trying to prove.
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In some traditional hash producing regions it would be laughable to smoke trichomes less than one year old.
There are temp curves for producing delta-9 THC. My understanding is that the lower temp ones are generally better to use. Graywolf has a much better understanding of this so you might check his threads for more info.
Thank you very much bredah KaK. She tests really well in the bong also
Edited by MCOne, 23 December 2011 - 08:02 PM.