Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs in UK and the world. There is a need for sensitive, reliable methods for detection of natural cannabinoids in blood, urine for pharmacological studies, forensic casework. In recent decades besides natural cannabinoids synthetic cannabinoids, also known as "Spice", is being used by people and causes a lot of problems in the UK and the world. Unlike natural cannabinoids spice is less studied, is harder to analyse, and is more potent than natural cannabinoids and there have been cases of death reported due to it. The objective of the research is to develop a method which can detect synthetic cannabinoids and natural cannabinoids. This would enhance the knowledge of current trends of synthetic cannabinoids in UK as well as the method could be used for analysis of cannabinoids in blood level for Road Traffic Act of 1988 Section 5A.
I have a BSc First class with honours in Forensic Science from Kingston University. Before doing my masters I worked in a ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory, ALS Food and pharmaceuticals, as a laboratory technician. During my work I gained skills in independent laboratory work, sample preparation for analytical tests with Instruments like GC-FID, ICP-OES, theoretical and practical knowledge of good laboratory practices, following SOPs. From my studies I gained theoretical and practical knowledge of forensics, chain of custody, analytical science and toxicology.