Xiaoyan Wang | Authors


Determination of Cannabinoid Content and Pesticide Residues in Cannabis Edibles and Beverages

As a result of the rapid growth of the cannabis industry, many testing laboratories are looking for efficient, reliable, and cost-effective analytical methods to analyze chemical residues, such as pesticides, mycotoxins, solvent residues, terpenes, and heavy metals, as well as cannabinoid concentration in cannabis-infused edibles and beverages. In this article, QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe), a sample preparation technique widely adopted in the food testing industry, is introduced to the discipline of forensic testing as a viable method for the extraction of pesticides and cannabinoids in various complex sample matrices. The claimed amounts of cannabinoids versus the actual amounts are compared, as well as the pesticide residue levels in edible and beverage samples.

Determination of Pesticides in Coffee with QuEChERS Extraction and Silica Gel SPE Cleanup

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, partly because of the stimulating effect of its caffeine content. Like most crops, the application of pesticides in coffee cultivation is a common practice to increase production yields. This application note details an optimized method for the extraction and cleanup of pesticide residues from coffee using a QuEChERS extraction procedure followed by a silica gel solid-phase extraction (SPE) cleanup.