Alexander Beadle has been working as a freelance science writer since 2017 and has written for Technology Networks and its sister publication Analytical Cannabis since 2018. Alexander holds an MChem in materials chemistry from the University of St Andrews, where he won a Chemistry Purdie Scholarship and conducted research into zeolite crystal growth mechanisms and the action of single-molecule transistors.
qPCR: A Powerful Tool for the Microbiological Testing of Cannabis
Microbiological testing of cannabis is essential. With a lack of standardization in processes, the competition between qPCR and traditional cell culture techniques has heightened. Here we look at qPCR and why this method is so popular.
Massachusetts Regulators Crack Down on Pesticide Use in Cannabis Production
Cease-and-desist letter issued to Good Chemistry brand. The company contests the validity of this order due to their intended pesticide use being signed off on in their initial application.
THC and CBD Analysis Insufficient for Characterizing Cannabis Strains
With over 2500 strains of cannabis documented, the classification and categorization of cannabis can be confusing and complicated. This article relays the latest information in cannabis strain analysis.
Researchers Identify the Root Pathogens Affecting Hydroponically Grown Cannabis Plants
Hydroponically grown cannabis relies on a re-circulated solution that provides nutrients for growth. Infections within the system can be devastating; we discuss why monitoring and sterilization are key.
Cannabis is Legal in Canada: So What Now?
The legalization of cannabis in Canada will not be without its complications and there is a lot to consider going forward. Here we look at some of the trickier aspects of a blanket legalization, such as workplace stipulations and roadside testing.
New Frontiers in the Cannabis Testing Industry
Analytical Cannabis talks to Anothony Macherone of Agilent Technologies about the current and future challenges and opportunities in the cannabis testing industry holds.
Prescription of Medicinal Cannabis Legalized in Britain From November 1st
Following some high-profile cases where children required the use of medicinal cannabis for drug-resistant conditions, Britain has conducted a full-scale review of cannabis classification. Here we look at the significance of this decision and the potential future implications.
Exploring the Public’s Perception of Food Fraud
When you go to the shops to buy the weekly groceries, it’s quite likely you’ll find yourself thinking about where your food has come from. Is this organic? Is that free-range? You are perhaps less likely to find yourself wondering, “Is this food fake?”
Legalizing Cannabis in U.S. Could Generate $100 Billion in Tax Revenue
Relaxing the laws on cannabis for medicinal and recreational users would create substantial revenue boost and could see the generation of up to 1 million jobs by 2025.
Coca-Cola Explores The Possibility of Cannabis-Infused “Wellness Drinks”
With speculation mounting over the possibility that Coca-Cola will release a CBD-infused beverage, we take a look at this growing trend for drinks fortified with cannabinoids.