THC, CBD, CBN, THC-COOH and 11-OH-THC are the most popular markers of cannabis consumption and abuse. The use of this drug is a serious social problem worldwide. In this study, a method based on gas chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (GC–MS/MS) operated in electron ionization (EI) with simple and rapid liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and derivatization was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of THC, CBD, CBN and 11-OH-THC in hair samples. The detection of all compounds was based on multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions. The most important advantage of this method is the single-step, quick, easy and effective sample extraction procedure for THC, CBD, CBN and 11-OH-THC. The method showed a good linearity with a correlation coefficient (r2) between 0.997 and 0.999 for all substances. The variation coefficient (%CV) was <5% for THC, 11-OH-THC and CBD and <13% for CBN. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.03 pg/mg for 11-OH-THC and it ranged from 0.3 to 1.4 pg/mg for THC, CBD and CBN. The limit of quantification was 0.1 pg/mg for 11-OH-THC and it ranged from 0.9 to 4.7 pg/mg for THC, CBD and CBN. Analytical recovery was higher than 88% for 11-OH-THC and it ranged between 68 and 97% for THC, CBD and CBN. Intra- and inter-assay precision and accuracy were always lower than 9–14% and 5–9%, respectively. In parallel, we have quantified the THC-COOH level, following the methods previously set-up by us. The whole procedure was successfully applied to more than 200 different hair samples from cannabis consumers, disclosing the presence of 11-OH-THC in a range between 0.2 pg/mg and 27 pg/mg, and the presence of THC-COOH in a range between 0.05 pg/mg and 42.05 pg/mg. These data provided a good start towards the use of 11-THC-OH as alternative hair biomarker of cannabis consumption.

A novel single-step GC–MS/MS method for cannabinoids and 11-OH-THC metabolite analysis in hair / I. Angeli, S. Casati, A. Ravelli, M. Minoli, M. Orioli. - In: JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOMEDICAL ANALYSIS. - ISSN 0731-7085. - 155(2018), pp. 1-6. [10.1016/j.jpba.2018.03.031]

A novel single-step GC–MS/MS method for cannabinoids and 11-OH-THC metabolite analysis in hair

Angeli, Ilaria;Casati, Sara;Ravelli, Alessandro;Minoli, Mauro;Orioli, Marica
2018

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THC, CBD, CBN, THC-COOH and 11-OH-THC are the most popular markers of cannabis consumption and abuse. The use of this drug is a serious social problem worldwide. In this study, a method based on gas chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (GC–MS/MS) operated in electron ionization (EI) with simple and rapid liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) and derivatization was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of THC, CBD, CBN and 11-OH-THC in hair samples. The detection of all compounds was based on multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) transitions. The most important advantage of this method is the single-step, quick, easy and effective sample extraction procedure for THC, CBD, CBN and 11-OH-THC. The method showed a good linearity with a correlation coefficient (r2) between 0.997 and 0.999 for all substances. The variation coefficient (%CV) was <5% for THC, 11-OH-THC and CBD and <13% for CBN. The limit of detection (LOD) was 0.03 pg/mg for 11-OH-THC and it ranged from 0.3 to 1.4 pg/mg for THC, CBD and CBN. The limit of quantification was 0.1 pg/mg for 11-OH-THC and it ranged from 0.9 to 4.7 pg/mg for THC, CBD and CBN. Analytical recovery was higher than 88% for 11-OH-THC and it ranged between 68 and 97% for THC, CBD and CBN. Intra- and inter-assay precision and accuracy were always lower than 9–14% and 5–9%, respectively. In parallel, we have quantified the THC-COOH level, following the methods previously set-up by us. The whole procedure was successfully applied to more than 200 different hair samples from cannabis consumers, disclosing the presence of 11-OH-THC in a range between 0.2 pg/mg and 27 pg/mg, and the presence of THC-COOH in a range between 0.05 pg/mg and 42.05 pg/mg. These data provided a good start towards the use of 11-THC-OH as alternative hair biomarker of cannabis consumption.
11-OH-THC; GC–MS/MS; Hair; Cannabinoids
Settore CHIM/08 - Chimica Farmaceutica
Settore CHIM/06 - Chimica Organica
JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOMEDICAL ANALYSIS
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