TAG™: Trichome Assurance Grade

The world's first and only cannabis quality certification

Current mandated lab tests will not tell you if cannabis is safe for consumption or how the product will make you feel.To address this, Trichome Institute has developed the world’s first and only cannabis quality SOP and certification. TAG™ is the first cannabis cup judging platform where are all judges are qualified and certified. The judging procedure is standardized and objective with a report card for each sample. Fairness is ensured by inter-rater reliability.Understanding TAG™ is complex. Click “Learn More” below to view an article by TAG™ creator Max Montrose that breaks it down.

How does TAG work?

Through a proprietary mathematical algorithm applied directly to our exclusive Interpening principles, Trichome Institute has developed the most accurate, reliable, and objective cannabis flower quality assessment system of its kind.

The TAG system relies on a double blind scoring system to ensure accuracy of results.

Sample TAG Reports

Flower

Concentrate

Standard State Lab Test

Potency Indications
Cannabinoid & Terpene Levels

Microbial Tests
E. coli and Salmonella (rarely occurs on flower)

Contaminant Tests
Metals: Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury

TAG™

Potency Indications
Trichome Integrity & Terpene Strength

Microbial Tests
Powdery Mildew and Botrytis cinerea (occurs on flower often)

Contaminant/Cultivation
Nutrient Burn/Overdose, Un-flushed Product, Light Burn, Insects, Webs, Eggs, Exoskeletons, Hair, Dirt, Other filth, Hermaphrodites, seeds, and more.

Attractiveness/Consumption
Bud structure and Trim Quality

Cannabis Variety Type-Designation
Overall Bud Health
Smoothness/Burn-ability

Bud analysis breaks into three main categories

Visual

  • Trichomes
  • Stigma Ripeness
  • Bract Formation
  • Inflorescence Structure
  • Trim Quality
  • Age
  • Insects, Webs, Eggs
  • Hair, Filth
  • Hermaphrodites
  • Nutrient Overdose
  • Light Burn
  • Color and Texture
  • Overall Impression
  • Molds and More

Olfactory

Every TAG score comes with a proprietary scent analysis that gauges depth of pungency which dictates effect and potency strength depending on the terpenes perceived.

Consumption

Standard lab tests do not test consumption.
  • Trichome Institute sees consumption as a necessary component of cannabis quality evaluation.
  • We use a standard operating procedure for our consumption analysis
  • Our consumption test identifies the flush quality, existence of residual nutrients, pesticides, and more.

Visual

  • Trichomes
  • Stigma Ripeness
  • Bract Formation
  • Inflorescence Structure
  • Trim Quality
  • Age
  • Insects, Webs, Eggs
  • Hair, Filth
  • Hermaphrodites
  • Nutrient Overdose
  • Light Burn
  • Color and Texture
  • Overall Impression
  • Molds and More

Olfactory

Every TAG score comes with a proprietary scent analysis that gauges depth of pungency which dictates effect and potency strength depending on the terpenes perceived.

Consumption

Standard lab tests do not test consumption.
  • Trichome Institute sees consumption as a necessary component of cannabis quality evaluation.
  • We use a standard operating procedure for our consumption analysis
  • Our consumption test identifies the flush quality, existence of residual nutrients, pesticides, and more.

TAG is useful to both vendors and consumers with a variety of applications

  • Cannabis Cups

  • Wholesale Exchanges

  • Celebrity Brands

  • Brand Security

  • Cannabis Spectator in Magazines

  • Dispensaries Upon Request

  • Cultivators Upon Request

  • Private Cultivators

  • Caregivers

  • Patients

  • Adult Use Consumers

  • Cannabis Cups

  • Wholesale Exchanges

  • Celebrity Brands

  • Brand Security

  • Cannabis Spectator in Magazines

  • Dispensaries Upon Request

  • Cultivators Upon Request

  • Private Cultivators

  • Caregivers

  • Patients

  • Adult Use Consumers