Session S75 (Thursday, 9:30am, Wartik 106)

P911: Detection and quantification of synthetic cannabinoid compounds in herbal incense products

Jessica Westland (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Amanda Leffler (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

An advanced analytical chemistry laboratory experiment is described that focuses on the sample preparation and analysis of synthetic cannabinoid compounds.  The study analyzed various brands of marketed herbal incense and salvia products for their synthetic cannabinoid content.  The detection of these compounds was achieved by solvent extraction and analysis by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS); quantification was accomplished by external calibration.  Multiple synthetic cannabinoid compounds were found in the extracted samples.  These compounds included JWH 018, JWH 073, JWH 210, and Salvinorin A.  Also, some cannabinoid compounds such as JWH 007, JWH 019, JWH 122, and JWH 359, were found to have characteristics consistent with a number of unidentified compounds within the samples.  The purpose of this study was to allow students to use their problem-solving techniques/skills in a current forensic situation.  This experiment is appropriate for both forensic chemistry and chemistry undergraduate students.

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