Quantitative Determination of Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Cadaver Blood

    Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1979

    Page Count: 9


    Brine, D
    Senior mass spectrometrist and chemist, Chemistry and Life Sciences Group, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

    Rosenthal, D
    Senior mass spectrometrist and chemist, Chemistry and Life Sciences Group, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

    (Received 15 June 1978; accepted 1 September 1978)

    Abstract

    A long-term program involving the quantitative identification of cannabinoids in biological fluids made it clear that there was a significant need for the development of an accurate and reliable assay procedure for the determination of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) in blood samples obtained from autopsy. It is frequently of considerable concern to know whether a subject was under the influence of marijuana at the time of death, and since Δ9-THC is the major psychoactive agent present in marijuana, a definitive identification of Δ9-THC in blood from an autopsy sample presents direct and unquestionable evidence of the subject's use of this drug.


    Paper ID: JFS10832J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10832J

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    Title Quantitative Determination of Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Cadaver Blood
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