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Alexander Beadle

Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Before this, he worked as a freelance science writer, writing features and reporting on breaking news in materials science, environmental science and drug research. Alexander holds an MChem in Materials Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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Californian Cannabis Industry Hit by Wildfires

In addition to losses from direct burning as wildfires spread, soot is holding back plant growth whilst fire-borne contaminants continue to pose a risk to consumers.

British Government Set to Loosen Rules on Medicinal Cannabis

The changes concern the reclassification of cannabis to make it a schedule 2 drug, allowing it to be prescribed by medical professionals and possessed lawfully by anybody with a valid medical prescription.

Techniques and Technologies for Microbiological Contamination Testing

The accurate detection of microbial contamination is key to protecting consumer safety and, helping to reduce the environmental burden of pesticide use in the cannabis industry.

Removing Purple Pigments from Cannabis Prior to Analysis

Novel sample prep blend enables an average recovery of 75.6% for 48 pesticides and 4 mycotoxins whilst also removing purple pigmentation from cannabis samples.

Cannabis-derived Compounds Exhibit Synergistic Cytotoxic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells

A combination of THCA and CBGA can interact synergistically to cause distinct gene expression, induction of cell cycle arrest, and apoptotic cell death in colon cancer cells.

TD-IMS Holds Promise for Portable Preliminary Cannabis Screening

Ion mobility spectroscopy has the potential to be a suitable portable analysis technique that could be used in the field as itis small, portable, and simple to use.

Supercritical CO2 Extraction May Cause Loss of Some Terpenes

The reduction in monoterpene content has implications for those who seek the reported beneficial synergistic effects of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Chemotyping Study Highlights Benefits of Cannabinoid and Terpene Fingerprinting

Examining a broad array of cannabinoids and terpenes reveals the inherent failings of commonly used cannabis classification systems.

Multiple Case Studies Show Potential Danger of Cannabis Contaminants

Preventive steps and remediative action are required to reduce the prevalence of contamination from microbes, heavy metals and, pesticides.

Sources and Risks of Common Cannabis Contaminants

Whilst the safety profile of cannabis is well understood, much more research is required to understand and address the challenge of cannabis contamination.