Analytical scientists working on an international scale must overcome numerous challenges in cannabis research – and not just in the lab
Kate Monks | | Opinion
This is an exciting time to be working with cannabis. We are in the midst of a global legislative shift, therapeutic breakthrough and economic boom. These volatile paradigm shifts are not without their challenges for those of us in the lab establishing tools for quality control, or those wanting to bring cannabis-containing products to the market.
Regulatory guidelines for cannabis and cannabinoids are non-harmonized within Europe, let alone over the world. This leads to different statuses in different countries with no common understanding among regulating bodies and their inspectors. The complexity is then further increased by the tendency for requirements to differ per the intended use: research, food stuff, medicinal and cosmetics, to name but a few. What’s more, due to the narcotic nature of some cannabinoids contained within the plant, regulation constraints are further elevated. This sharpens the need for thorough analytical testing of product quality.
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