Abstract: Government regulations in California require the cannabis industry to test edible products for an extensive list of pesticides and mycotoxins. Here, an effective workflow for this complex analysis was developed in brownies and optimization strategies are detailed in order to provide a starting point for similar matrices. Both LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS were employed and excellent results for LOQ, linearity, accuracy, and precision were attained for all the target compounds.
Abstract: Dietary supplements, which are consumed worldwide, are made from various botanical ingredients. To be safe from pesticides exposure, residual pesticides must be monitored by chromatographic instrumentation. Issues arise, however, due to the fact these botanical samples are dried and cause large interferences in the chromatography. This study shows that the modified QuEChERS method combined with GC-MS/MS achieves consistent pesticides monitoring in botanical ingredients.
Acknowledgment(s): Originally published by Shimadzu Corporation in collaboration with Restek Corporation.
Restek’s support for cannabis-testing labs continues to grow. This latest offering will help you meet the specific cannabis analysis needs of California set forth by the Bureau of Cannabis Control for regulated category I and II residual pesticide reporting—and of other states with similar regulations/programs. Ideal for creating multipoint (5-point minimum suggested) calibration curves for GC- and LC-MS/MS, these six mixes of prepared stock standards also eliminate the need for in-house standards preparation. And, as with all certified reference materials (CRMs) manufactured and QC tested in Restek’s ISO-accredited labs, they will satisfy your ISO requirements.
Restek is pleased to announce the launch of new pesticide residue standards to meet the specific cannabis analysis needs of Oregon—and states with similar pesticide residue regulations/programs. Dissolved in acetonitrile and formulated for stability, the 59 compounds are separated into 6 x 1 mL solutions with individual analyte concentrations of 600 μg/mL—resulting in a convenient 100 μg/mL solution when blended immediately before use. Designed with quality and convenience in mind, this set of standards eliminates the need for in-house standards preparation. Restek’s Oregon pesticide standards are certified reference materials (CRM) manufactured and QC-tested in ISO-accredited labs.
Abstract: The discovery of nonregistered pesticides contamination in cannabis plant material in Colorado prompted the need to set mandatory reporting limits (MRLs) for these pesticides in the state to ensure public safety. Since then, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) undertook the responsibility for setting such MRLs. Colorado’s novel approach to determine MRLs for each pesticide involved forming a working group with its in-state laboratories and expert volunteers to agree on analytical procedures to determine method detection limits (MDLs) using an industry-standard approach. The authors describe how this approach formed a collaborative public-private partnership where state government agencies worked side by side with laboratories and growers toward a common goal. The multilaboratory study was completed yielding MDLs for 13 pesticides in cannabis flowers using a QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) extraction with analysis by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The authors share the procedures used for the study, an overview of the data generated by the participating laboratories, and the new Colorado MRLs, which became effective on January 1, 2018.
Abstract: This column is devoted to helping cannabis analytical labs generate valid data right now with a relatively small amount of additional work. The topic for this article is instrument calibration – truly the foundation of all quality data. Calibration is the basis for all measurement, and it is absolutely necessary for quantitative cannabis analyses including potency, residual solvents, terpenes, and pesticides.
Abstract: An analytical method for identification of emerging contaminants of concern, such as pesticides and organohalogens has been developed and utilized for true discovery-based analysis. In order to achieve the level of sensitivity and selectivity necessary for detecting compounds in complex samples, comprehensive gas chromatography coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GCxGC-TOFMS) was utilized to analyze wastewater samples obtained from the Pennsylvania State University wastewater treatment facility (WWTF). Determination of emerging contaminants through a process of combining samples which represent “normal background” and comparing this to new samples was developed. Results show the presence of halogenated benzotriazoles in wastewater samples as well as soil samples from Pennsylvania State University agricultural fields. The trace levels of chlorinated benzotriazoles observed in the monitoring wells present on the property indicate likely environmental degradation of the chlorinated benzotriazoles. Preliminary investigation of environmental fate of the substituted benzotriazoles indicates their likely degradation into phenol; an Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) priority pollutant.
Abstract: Given recent law and attitude changes in the United States, the cannabis industry is on the rise — which means the cannabis testing industry is likewise growing. From analyzing potency and pesticides to testing for terpenes and residual solvents, chromatography is aptly suited to the analytical needs of the cannabis testing industry. Chromatography Techniques Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor recently spoke with Amanda Rigdon, GC Columns Product Manager at Restek Corp., for her input on the past, present and future of the cannabis testing market.
Abstract: As medical cannabis is more frequently prescribed, patient safety must be ensured. Pesticide residue testing is an important part of assuring safe product is dispensed, but analysis can be extremely challenging due to matrix complexity. The use of QuEChERS, cartridge SPE cleanup, and GCxGC-TOFMS as presented here produces high-quality quantitative data for this difficult analysis.
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