Infrared Microscopy & Imaging in Food Testing
Infrared Microscopy & Imaging provide both qualitative and quantitative information and can be used for the investigation of the chemical composition of heterogeneous foods and food ingredients. PerkinElmer infrared imaging and microscopy systems are the culmination of a long tradition of exceptional optics and purpose-built IR microscopes and FT-IR systems. There are no add-ons or afterthoughts here. Renowned for their sensitivity, spatial resolution, ease of use, and results, they’re engineered to the highest quality specifications and ISO-9000 standards and deliver the highest levels of throughput, reproducibility, and accuracy. So you’re able to analyze even the smallest sample with pinpoint precision.
The production of cannabis extracts and oils for medicinal and recreational products has increased significantly in North America. This growth has been driven by both market demand in newly legalized states and patient demand for a greater diversity in cannabis products.1,2,3 Most cannabis extraction processes, independent of solvent or instrument choice, undergo a decarboxylation step whereby the carboxylic acid functional group is removed from the cannabinoids. The decarboxylation reaction converts the naturally occurring acid forms of the cannabinoids, e.g. tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDA), to their more potent neutral forms, e.g. tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Because the carboxylic acid group is thermally labile, the industry typically applies a heat source, and at times a catalyst, to decarboxylate the cannabinoids.