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Detection of pesticides in seized illegal cannabis plants

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to screen seized illegal cannabis plants for pesticides. Cannabis samples were analysed according to the EN 15662 method. Pesticides were detected with UPLC/MS-MS in positive ESI mode using multiple reaction monitoring and GC-MS using scan mode. A total of 50 samples were tested for 160 different pesticides. Seven different pesticides were detected in 19 samples and five samples contained two pesticides. Four of the pesticides detected were fungicides (propamocarb, tebuconazole, propiconazole and tolylfluanid). The other 3 pesticides detected were insecticides or acaricides (imidacloprid, bifenthrin, and hexythiazox).

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The article was received on 05 Jun 2013, accepted on 11 Nov 2013 and first published on 13 Nov 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40930A
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 515-520

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    Detection of pesticides in seized illegal cannabis plants

    S. Schneider, R. Bebing and C. Dauberschmidt, Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 515
    DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40930A

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