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Degradant formation in cannabis concentrate aerosols

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
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  • Graduate Researcher; PhD Candidate, Portland State University, Department of Chemistry
    Biography
      Jiries Meehan-Atrash received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2014, and began pursuing a doctoral degree in chemistry at Portland State University in 2016 in the laboratory of Dr. Robert M. Strongin. Jiries branched from the nicotine e-cigarette chemical toxicology work to pursue the study cannabis e-cigarette aerosols and has authored five publications which have garnered 40 citations, and was named to receive the 2020 ElSohly Award for Excellence in Cannabis Science.

    Abstract

    Vaporizing cannabis concentrates is increasing in popularity as a potentially healthier alternative to smoking. However, little is known about the chemical profiles of aerosolized concentrates including the levels and identities of thermal degradation products that are produced during vaping or dabbing. Our lab has focused on the mechanisms of degradant formation as a function of the different components/additives of cannabis extracts that are consumed using vaporizing devices, and the development of unique methodologies adapted to studying the consumption of cannabis.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Fundamentals of aerosol science

    2. Chemistry of cannabis aerosols derived from vaporizers, smoking, and grow rooms


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