Quantitative analysis of cannabinoids using benchtop NMR instruments
The quantification of cannabinoids is an essential part of cannabis profiling and testing, whether for medical or recreational use. As regulatory bodies continue to increase testing requirements for these products, it is crucial that alternative and effective analytical methods be developed. Herein, we describe the use of benchtop NMR instruments for the quantification of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in a variety of cannabis concentrates and compare the values to those obtained using HPLC, the most common approach for the quantification of cannabinoids. Based on the discrepancies observed in test values from different laboratories using only HPLC, the value of orthogonal testing methods has been identified and is increasingly desired.