Liquid Chromatography’s Complementary Role to Gas Chromatography in Cannabis Testing

Authors: Justin Steimling, Ty Kahler

Restek Corporation

Published By: Supplement to LCGC North America

Year of Publication:  June 2018

Volume, Number: Volume 36, Number s6


Abstract: The absence of consensus methods for cannabis testing is a challenging, but refreshing opportunity for analytical chemists in the field because it enables the incorporation of the newest technologies and best practices without the restrictions imposed by legacy approaches that often impede method development in other industries. Liquid chromatography (LC) is proving to be a valuable complementary technique to gas chromatography (GC) in cannabis testing for the analysis of cannabinoids, mycotoxins, and pesticides. The industry is emerging during a time when superficially porous particles (SPPs) and ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) have become market standards. This article discusses the adoption of LC technology and its role in cannabis testing.