The quality of Cannabis products intended for medicinal use is of prime importance. Knowledge of the chemical composition of specific bioactive compounds, analytical methods for their determination, pesticide residue analysis, and microbial load determinations are essential for quality control. Understanding the basics of formulations is also important for ensuring better delivery and shelf-life stability.

This practical one-day workshop will explore:

(a) extraction technologies and the underlying rationale for analytical protocols currently in use for Cannabis extraction;

(b) characterization methodologies for non-active ingredients, pesticide residues, and microbial load for quality control;

(c) selection of techno-functional ingredients, optimization of formulations, and assessment of shelf-life stability.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Also available: Industrial-Scale Production of Medical Cannabis: An Overview

> Download the workshop program (pdf - 743 Kb)

Topics Covered

  • Extraction technologies (solvent extraction, microwave assisted extraction, etc.);
  • Separation techniques (Gas-Liquid Chromatography, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography, and detection);
  • Identification techniques (Mass Spectrometry including qTOF/MS/MS, Infrared Spectroscopy, and UV-VIS);
  • Microbiological tests;
  • Ingredient selection; 
  • Optimization of formulation and shelf-life stability study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Choose appropriate techniques for extraction of active ingredients from Cannabis plants
  • Analyse chemical composition, pesticide residues, and microbial tests
  • Select appropriate ingredients for optimization of Cannabis-based formulations.



  • Networking lunch
  • All workshop materials;
  • Contact information for all instructors and guest speakers

Who Should Attend

Professionals in food science and medicinal chemistry who wish to begin to work with medical Cannabis, as well as graduate students in relevant disciplines wishing to move into this field.


Professors in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University:

Dr. Stephane Bayen
Dr. Varoujan Yaylayan
Dr. Larry Goodridge
Dr. Salwa Karboune 

Guest Speakers

Tom Ritchie, Director of Training & Education, Ample Organics
Dr. Jocelyn Paré, NBIF Innovation Research Chair in Medical Technologies, New Brunswick.

McGill Conted Professional Development

Prerequisite(s) and Corequisite(s)

Knowledge of, and experience with, isolation of plant extracts.

Course Fee: $595
Duration (hours): 7
Discounts: McGill alumni and current students, as well as corporate groups of 3 or more participants, benefit from a 15% discount.

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