On July 9, Veda's CSO, Dr. Aldwin Anterola, gave a presentation on cannabis testing at the Cannabis & Hemp Science Seminar in St. Louis, MO. His topic was "Cannabis Testing 2.0: Best Practices for Operating a Successful Cannabis Lab." The presentation covered Lab Operations, Hiring & Training, Inventory Management, Sampling, Sample Handling and Control, Method Development & Validation, Equipment Maintenance and Calibration, Analysis and Reporting, Facilities Management and Customer Interaction. You can download the full presentation deck below, and please feel free to comment below or reach out directly with any questions about the content!
I attended a workshop sponsored by PerkinElmer in Baton Rouge Louisiana. To check out what they have to offer to cannabis testing labs. I originally sought them out for their LC-MS/MS that importantly can analyze all the pesticides in the California list. This list contains nonpolar pesticides that are traditionally analyzed by GC-MS as well polar pesticides traditionally analyzed by LC-MS. The qSight 220 is their MS instrument (attached to a UHPLC) that can ionize using ESI and APCI. Polar pesticides can be ionized by ESI and nonpolar pesticides can be ionized by APCI, which allows it to analyze all pesticides in the California list. They presented data on flowers showing that they can detect pesticides 10x below detection limit required by California. In addition, they have the StayClean technology that keeps the ionization chambers clean, and hence reduces frequency of maintenance in downtime of the equipment. This is good news for cannabis testing labs like Veda Scientific who would like to adapt the latest and greatest technology for high throughput and quick turn around pesticide analysis. Did I mention that the PerkinElmer SOP does not require labor intensive sample prep (like the QuECHERS)? It's dilute and shoot!