Four Things You Shouldn’t Be Experiencing When Doing Heavy Metals Analysis of Cannabis and Cannabis Products

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 at 2pm EST | 11am PST | 8pm CET | 7pm GMT Testing cannabis for "the big four” heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead) is now a regulatory requirement in many jurisdictions. But measuring metals in cannabis can be technically challenging. Join us for this event to learn how to avoid common obstacles in this work.

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Event Overview:

Testing cannabis for "the big four” heavy metals: arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead is now a regulatory requirement in many jurisdictions. Many manufacturers also test for nutritional elements such as calcium and magnesium. Measuring metals in cannabis plant materials and manufactured products can be technically challenging due to the myriad of other components in each sample. However, there are four things that shouldn’t be slowing down analyses, because they are easily avoided:

  1. Having to prepare samples multiple times to measure both low- and high-concentration elements
  2. Getting inaccurate results due to unexpected interferences
  3. Calibration or QC failures forcing sample remeasurement
  4. Poor vendor response to support requests, creating lots of instrument downtime.

In this webinar, our ICP-MS expert will show how an Agilent ICP-MS Cannabis Analyzer overcomes these problems that are common with other instruments.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Common problems experienced when doing metals analysis of cannabis and cannabis-based products
  2. How to overcome or avoid those problems
  3. How to assess which ICP-MS instrument to purchase

Who Should Attend:

  • Future or current cannabis lab managers
  • Future or current cannabis lab investors
  • Future or current cannabis testing lab analysts and chemists
  • Entrepreneurs considering starting a cannabis testing lab or branch


Jenny Nelson
Applications Scientist
Agilent Technologies

Jenny Nelson received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 2007, and her MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2011. Currently, Jenny is an Applications Scientist for the Life Science and Chemical Analysis team at Agilent Technologies, joining in 2012 (with a step away in 2019). Jenny is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis, since 2013. Jenny has been very active with AOAC and ASTM over the past eight years, serving on expert review panels, chairing committees, and volunteering to develop new methods needed by the industry.

Jenny has extensive experience in operating and method development for Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (MP-AES). Jenny has broad knowledge and experience in different speciation analysis for many sample matrices using GC-ICPMS and LC-ICPMS. As well as vast experience with sp-ICP-MS for many applications.

Craig Jones
Applications Scientist
Agilent Technologies

Craig Jones has been with Agilent for over 15 years as an ICP-MS applications scientist. He has been involved with multiple type of applications for ICP-MS, including environmental, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, geologic, and clinical analyses, to name a few. Previous to Agilent He worked in an environmental lab performing analysis and supervising both the inorganic and organic sections of the laboratory. In his spare time, Craig enjoys volunteering at the local marine science center, mountain biking, hiking, and relaxing at the beach. Craig obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

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