Regular Test Kit 40 THC Potency Tests

Alpha-cat is a Cannabinoid Analysis Tool which combines the simple analytical technique of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) with specific thin-layers and developing fluid. Thanks to this new protocol the main active ingredients of the cannabis plant parts can be visualised due to a highly specific colouring reaction which represents the cannabinoids present in the sample of cannabis or cannabis product. Alpha-cat‘s method enables the detection and identification of six (6) of the main cannabinoids present in cannabis:

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
  • Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)

Regular Test Kit 40 THC Potency Tests Contents
A minimal amount of material (0.1 gram) is needed per sample to provide a unique and effective way of analysing the cannabinoid profile in various mixtures such as plant parts of cannabis, trichome resins, oils, tinctures and edibles products (ice-creams, cookies, teas…). Alpha-cat helps you to assess the effect of any specific strain with:

  • A THC and CBD reference chart for an indication of strength and potency
  • Chemotype/cannabinoid profile which categorizes the strain
  • Chemotype-effect chart indicating the  pharmacological effect to be expected
  • A symptom-cure guide helping to determine which strain best helps to alleviate specific symptoms.


The Mini Cannabinoid Test Kit is ideal, to begin with cannabinoid testing and THC potency control. It is sufficient for between 2 and 8 tests.

MINI Kit Alpha-cat 2 plates Number of tests*: – THC & CBD analysis: 8 – Chemotype prints: 2

The Regular Kit is ideal for regular cannabinoid testing and THC potency control. It is sufficient for between 10 and 40 tests.

REGULAR Kit Alpha-cat 10 plates Number of tests*: – THC & CBD analysis: 40 – Chemotype prints: 10

Mini-Lab Cannabinoid Test Kit (80 THC Potency Tests) in its hardback case. The Mini-Lab is a professional standard cannabinoid test kit containing 20 TLC (Thin Layer Chromatography) test plates capable of testing up to 80 samples.

MINI LAB Alpha-cat 20 TLC Plates – Number of tests*: – THC & CBD analysis: 80 – Chemotype prints: 20

*Each TLC plate allows for testing 4 lanes. A full analysis uses all 4 lanes for 1 strain. To get a chemotype print of your strain, 1 line is sufficient: 4 strains can, therefore, be analysed on 1 TLC plate.


  • Samples of cannabis or cannabis products (e.g. cookies, ice, cake, etc.)
  • A well-ventilated working area (a fume hood connected to a filtering system is recommended)
  • Digital weighing scale


The Alpha-cat system solves the issues involved with simultaneously separating cannabinoids in a simple, cost-effective way, providing a chemical profile for each sample. The Alpha-cat method separates some of the neutral and acidic cannabinoids which are rendered distinct from each other with bright colored spots.

The chemotype profile shows the number of cannabinoids and their relative concentrations. The higher the concentration the bigger and more intensely coloured the spot is.

Alpha-cat gives the opportunity to determine the cannabinoids present in each material sample and reveals the levels of each individual cannabinoid present in terms of its concentration.

The Alpha-cat method enables anyone, regardless of scientific background, to define the active cannabinoid profile in a wide range of medicinal materials (flowers, resins, concentrates, cosmetics, tinctures, edibles and most other cannabinoid containing products).

Different types of samples, from cannabinoid herbal based to other cannabinoid derivates (left to right: Bedica®, Bedrocan®, tincture, flower, resin
Different types of samples, from cannabinoid herbal-based to other cannabinoid derivates (left to right: Bedica®, Bedrocan®, tincture, flower, resin “hashish”)


After colouring the TLC plate by dipping it in a dye solution colored spots will appear immediately. The number of different spots depends entirely on the plant used (genetics) and the environmental parameters during cultivation. The bigger the spot is, the higher is the concentration. The combination of different spots is called the chemotype of this particular plant (strain). Samples derived from it, such as the dried flowers, edibles, oils and hashish will differ somewhat in composition and won’t show the same cannabinoid profile (or print). Each colored spot on the plate represents a cannabinoid.

The combination of all cannabinoids present in a particular strain will be responsible for the pharmaceutical effects as well as the side-effects commonly reported and will range from an ultimate high feeling/experience (only THC present) to a heavy, “stoney”, “narcotic” sleep provoking strain with low THC when compared to its levels of CBD and CBG or with overall high levels of CBD and CBG. Small differences in cannabinoid levels of THCV, CBG and CBC between strains results in tremendous differences in perceived effect.

Sativa strains

THC effects are dominant over indica effects (activating, energizing)

Indica strains

CBG, THCV & CBD effects predominate producing a feeling of relaxation (stoney, sleepy)


  • Alpha-cat® Test Kits are fully compliant with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation concerning safety and quality of medical plant materials (WHO/PHARM/92.559).
  • Our methods meet the guidelines and recommendations of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Codex Alimentarius.
  • All of our kits comply fully with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines.

Alpha-cat’s kits contains bottles of chlorinated hydrocarbons, labelled as hazardous and the following precautions should be observed at all times:

To handle with care

To protect your skin, always wear gloves

To avoid contamination of the TLC-plates

Not to be inhaled

Before conducting experiments, read the manual carefully! Contact us if you have any questions.