Cannabis Analysis

Special Issues

The Benefits of ICP-MS for the Determination of Toxic and Nutritional Elements in the Cannabis Family of Flowering Plants

May 02, 2017

The wide dynamic range of ICP-MS allows it to be used for the simultaneous determination of parts-per-billion levels of heavy metals including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury, together with high parts-per-million levels of nutritional elements, such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

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Evaluation of Modified QuEChERS for Pesticide Analysis in Cannabis

May 02, 2017

Well-established techniques used by the food safety industry, such as QuEChERS sample preparation followed by LC–MS/MS for the analysis of multiresidue pesticides, are evaluated for use with cannabis plant material.We evaluated a modified QuEChERS LC-MS/MS method for analysis of multiresidue pesticides.

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Analysis of Terpenes in Cannabis Using Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction and GC–MS

May 02, 2017

Headspace SPME combined with GC–MS for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of terpenes in cannabis offers several advantages compared to other methods. It does not require the use of organic solvents, does not coextract matrix, and provides additional means of peak identification and purity using spectral data. It is also a nondestructive method.

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Liquid Chromatography–Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Cannabinoid Profiling and Quantitation in Hemp Oil Extracts

May 02, 2017

The method presented here allows for the accurate, precise, and robust speciation, profiling, and quantification of cannabinoids in hemp oil extracts and commercial cannabinoid products for research and development laboratories.

Special Issues

Pesticide and Mycotoxin Analysis: Mastering the Complexity of the Cannabis Matrix

May 01, 2017

The method described here allows for the simultaneous analysis of 47 pesticides and five mycotoxins in cannabis in one simple QuEChERS procedure. This simple method is designed for implementation in start-up laboratories and in established laboratories that wish to streamline their sample preparation process, decrease solvent usage, and obtain accurate and fast results.

Special Issues

Determination of Cannabinoid Content and Pesticide Residues in Cannabis Edibles and Beverages

October 01, 2016

QuEChERS is introduced to the discipline of forensic testing as a viable method for the extraction of pesticides and cannabinoids in various complex sample matrices.

Special Issues

Using Compact Mass Spectrometry for Detection and Quantitation of Cannibis-Related Compounds

July 01, 2015

The transition of cannabis from an illegal drug to a drug for medical and even recreational use raises challenging questions for regulatory agencies and analytical chemists alike. Here, we show a selection of analytical techniques based on compact mass spectrometry in combination with three different sample inlets (atmospheric solids analysis probe), thin-layer chromatography, as well as classical liquid chromatography) for the detection and quantification of cannabinoids and pesticides in cannabis-related material and contraband.

Special Issues

Rapid Determination of 24 Synthetic and Natural Cannabinoids for LC–MS-MS Screening in Natural Products and Drug Inspection Applications

March 01, 2015

Marijuana, the common or slang term for cannabis in its herbal form, is one of the most widely used illicit drugs in the world.