Cannabis Science a Big Hit at Pittcon 2018
Mar 14, 2018
By Megan L’Heureux
The annual Pittcon Conference and Expo was held February 26 – March 1, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, and featured a few tracks and special events dedicated to cannabis science.
Joshua M. Crossney, of JCanna, Inc., organized the second annual “Analytical Cannabis Symposium,” which took place on Monday, February 26, 2018. The symposium was very well attended, with standing-room only during certain talks and several interesting audience questions throughout. The first talk was given by Crossney and was titled “Building Bridges: Cannabis Science Education and Medical Reform.” Crossney discussed his efforts, as well as the efforts of other leaders in the field, to educate, empower, and inform the public about cannabis. Crossney cited specific articles, symposia, conferee networking sessions, and his own Cannabis Science Conference and “Canna Boot Camp” hands-on workshop as great sources to learn more about cannabis. The second talk, “Why Is Sample Preparation So Important?” was given by Sandy Mangan of SPEX SamplePrep. Mangan discussed the need for sample preparation in cannabis from a safety perspective, offering advice on the best tools to use for sample preparation, the different methods to prepare samples for potency and pesticide testing, and how to make informed decisions to get the best results. Next, Bob Clifford of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments gave a talk titled “A Survey of Analytical Instruments Used in the Cannabis Testing Industry.” Clifford discussed the various analytical instruments that are required for testing potency profiling, terpene profiling, contaminate testing for pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, mycotoxins and aflatoxins, moisture content, and medical research.