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Identification and Analytical Characterization of a Novel Synthetic Cannabinoid-Type Substance in Herbal Material in Europe

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  • Emmanouil Tsochatzis, European Commission
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  • Joao Alberto Lopes, European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute
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  • Fabiano Reniero, European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute
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  • Margaret V. Holland, European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute
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  • Claude Guillou, EC-Joint Research Centre
The rapid diffusion of new psychoactive substances (NPS) presents unprecedented challenges to both customs authorities and analytical laboratories involved in their detection and characterization. In this study an analytical approach to the identification and structural elucidation of a novel synthetic cannabimimetic, quinolin-8-yl-3-[(4,4-difluoropiperidin-1-yl) sulfonyl]-4-methylbenzoate (2F-QMPSB), detected in seized herbal material, is detailed. An acid precursor 4-methyl-3-(4,4-difluoro-1-piperidinylsulfonyl) benzoic acid (2F-MPSBA), has also been identified in the same seized material. After extraction from the herbal material the synthetic cannabimimetic, also referred to as synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists or “synthetic cannabinoids”, was characterized using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), 1H, 13C, 19F and 15N nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (HR-MS/MS) combined with chromatographic separation. A cheminformatics platform was used to manage and interpret the analytical data from these techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Article number793
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

    Research areas

  • synthetic cannabinoids; 2F-QMPSB; HR-MS/MS; NMR; GC-MS; cheminformatics

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