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NCJ Number: NCJ 242038     Find in a Library
Title: Identification of Synthetic Cannabinoids in Herbal Incense Blends in the United States
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:57  Issue:5  Dated:September 2012  Pages:1168 to 1180
Author(s): Barry K. Logan, Ph.D. ; Lindsay E. Reinhold, M.S. ; Allan Xu, Ph.D. ; Francis X. Diamond, B.S.
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 13
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on synthetic cannabinoid agonists and the methods used for detection of this illicit drug.
Abstract: Synthetic cannabinoid agonists are chemically diverse with multiple analogs gaining popularity as drugs of abuse. The authors report on the use of thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, and liquid chromatography time of flight mass spectrometry for the identification and quantitation of these pharmacologically active chemicals in street drug dosage forms. Using these approaches, we have identified the synthetic cannabinoids JWH-018, JWH-019, JWH-073, JWH-081, JWH-200, JWH-210, JWH-250, CP47,497 (C=8) (cannabicyclohexanol), RCS-4, RCS-8, AM-2201, and AM-694 in various commercially available products. Other noncannabinoid drugs including mitragynine have also been detected. Typical concentrations of drug in the materials are in the range 5–20 mg/g, or 0.5–2 percent by weight for each compound, although many products contained more than one drug. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
Main Term(s): Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Index Term(s): Chromatography ; Marijuana ; Drug analysis ; Mass spectroscopy ; Scientific techniques
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