Cannabis Testing 101
COURSE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
The cannabis industry is growing rapidly. As demand increases for cannabis products, this emerging industry is providing career opportunities for cannabis testing as well as new medical treatments for a variety of common ailments. In the absence of FDA regulations, the anecdotal medicinal benefits of CBD along with possible other ‘entourage’ chemicals in the cannabis plant have fostered a ‘wild, wild west’ model for the commercial development of new products for human as well as companion pet treatments.
This has created a need for ensuring the cannabis-derived products are safe and effective for the family pet as well as its human caretakers. This begs for technical analytical capabilities and laboratory integrity for providing reliable, accurate analytical services.
This introductory course will cover the key analytical techniques currently employed in modern analytical service laboratories for the analysis of cannabis-derived products. These techniques include HPLC/UV, GC/MS, LC/MS, LC/MS/MS and ICP/MS.
This course will introduce the new student to the basic principles of these analytical techniques along with the important sample preparation procedures necessary to prepare a cannabis ‘sample’ for analysis by one or more of these analytical techniques. A bachelor’s degree in analytical and organic chemistry is considered a very helpful foundation for the interested student.