AUG 23, 2018 10:30 PM PDT

Analytical Chemistry Applications of Cannabis

WRITTEN BY: Amanda Kahl

The video above is from the American Chemical Society, who speak about how they are seeking to validate work and collaborate to explore and expand analytical chemistry applications of cannabis. Jeffery Raber, a scientist for the American Chemical Society, grew up wanting to help children with epileptic seizures and disabilities. By looking at cannabis in a different fashion, he is able to see how it can be applied to treating disabled children and adults. 

Harvesters, dispensaries, and other companies are relying on laboratory reports to make cannabis products safe for the public. By using analytical chemistry, which shows what molecules are present in each product, it can detect chemical complexity and keep consumers safe from pesticides, heavy metals, plant growth regulators, process solvents, and microbiological contaminants. Not only does it increase safety but can also increase harvest yield for growers and ensure efficient processes. 

The role of analytical chemistry is to ensure that the products are free from contamination and to assist dispensaries and consumers with determining proper dosage. It also serves the purpose of the design and development of cannabis products. It can be used for optimization of extractions and processes, as well as assist in quantitation for product labeling. 

Cannabis and its variety of forms are now used to treat seizures, cancer growth, autism, autoimmune diseases, and so many other ailments. Applying analytical chemistry into developing cannabis products, laboratories can assist consumers on which cannabis product is going to suit them best. 

Lawmakers have established the laws, and now the regulator has to establish the rules of those laws. Companies like the American Chemical Society are doing this through education with research and scientific understanding. Learning how to use a natural resource like cannabis in different ways, we can improve society and the world around us. 

Sources: ACS Webinars

 

About the Author
  • Amanda has a Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of Cincinnati. She has a passion for animals, conservation, and environmental sciences. Through her career in science and research, she is able to develop her passion and hopes to pass on to others the joy of learning about science.
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