Where traditional chromatography requires time for sample preparation, separation and calculations – and destroys the sample in the process – the NIR methods require essentially no sample preparation, do not destroy the sample and yield a result within minutes.
This proves a most valuable resource for in-process assessments of a cannabis batch or harvest with minimal economic cost. It does not, however, replace the need for batch testing to assure compliance with regulatory requirements by an independent, third-party analytical laboratory.
NIR analysis is an ideal technology for cultivators; it does not require in-depth knowledge nor training in the complexities of chromatographic separation or interpretation.
NIR does not replace independent lab testing using traditional chromatography, but it can be very useful during processing.