Hemp Scanner marijuana THC Texas A&M

In the great state of Texas, hemp is legal and marijuana is not.

So, in order to help police instantly distinguish hemp from marijuana, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers found a way to re-purpose a hand-held spectrometer into a hemp scanner.

The distinction is based on levels of THC.

Hemp Scanner marijuana THC Texas A&M

If a plant has less than 0.3% THC, it is classified as hemp. If it has more than that, it is classified as marijuana.

Raman Spectroscopy uses harmless laser light to illuminate structures within materials. Each materials scan is unique, just like a fingerprint. Therefore, it is possible to effectively “fingerprint THC“.

The researchers scanned thousands of marijuana and hemp plants to see how their Raman spectra differ.

Hemp Scanner marijuana THC Texas A&M

They found 7 regions that consistently differ with 100% accuracy.

And so, the portable hand-held Hemp Scanner was born.

Original Report

https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2020/02/10/is-it-hemp-or-marijuana-new-scanner-gives-instant-answer/

Hemp Scanner marijuana THC Texas A&M
Hemp Scanner marijuana THC Texas A&M

 

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