Effect of High Concentration of Cannabinoids in Analysis of Pesticides in Cannabis and its Products. Challenges as Market Expands into More Edibles and Beverages
Dr. Harry Behzadi, President and CEO, AccuScience Labs
One of the very important pillars of Cannabis testing is analysis for pesticides. This testing is foundational in order to ensure product safety. The listed number of pesticides varies from state to state and some pesticides are commonly found in all states. Cannabis is a chemically complex compound(s) and trying to measure and detect pesticides against this body of diverse chemical compounds, on a part per billion level, has created new challenges. There are numerous documented studies and data sets that show heavy suppression of pesticides during the analysis due to the high concentration of cannabinoids. As laboratories continue to specialize in the analysis of cannabis flowers and their products for efficacy and safety, method development commenced with what was commercially available (less than 0.3 % Delta 9 THC material). This methodology proved quite challenging when we were finally able to identify and test samples with concentrations of Cannabinoids over 70 to 80% (these concentrations were not available at the onset due to legal limitations). In this presentation we showcase the results of a study surrounding high concentrations of cannabinoids on each of the pesticide recovery. Stay tuned to view a fact-finding adventure with the exiting results of this study..
Dr. Harry Behzadi is currently President and CEO of AccuScience Laboratories and Vice President of Emerging Technologies for RJ Lee Group, most recently he was Business Development for SGS‐EHS North America. Prior to that he was the Vice President of Operations, for TestAmerica Inc Eastern and western regions. He also worked VP of operations, and Corporate Technical Director for Accutest Laboratories, Inc. Since 1994, Dr. Behzadi had spearheaded growth and expansion of Accutest Corporation in the Southeast and beyond to the West Coast. He started Southeast division in 1995 and developed the lab from a handful of employees to one of the largest environmental laboratories in the South with staff 90+ strong. He began his career over 30 years in pharmaceutical industry and since then he has been responsible for laboratory management, analytical method development, professional training and QA/QC in both the environmental and pharmaceutical industries. He has navigated multiple laboratories through certification and NELAP accreditation process, Dept. of Defense and Various Fortune 500 companies. His expertise encompasses all aspects of the environmental testing business including technical and operations management, new method development, acquisitions, operations integration, sales and business development.