Department Chair

M. Scott Goodman

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Forensic Science, M.S.


Chemistry Department


Joonyeong Kim

First Reader

Joonyeong Kim

Second Reader

Sujit Suwal

Third Reader

Jinseok Heo


For decades, cannabis consumption has remained one of the most controversial topics of discussion in both science and law. However, Cannabis sativa, from which both hemp and marijuana are derived, has served as an essential component of medicine, industry, and recreation for centuries. Approximately 500 compounds have been identified from cannabis alone, and only around 66 are termed cannabinoids which account for the majority of research on the substance. The major cannabinoid constituents include delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta 9-THC), responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, in addition to, cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannbinolic acid (THCA), cannbidolic acid (CBDA), cannbigerol (CBG), cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), cannabinol (CBN), and cannbidivarin (CBDV). Through the use of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and complementary analytical techniques, these constituents can be effectively separated, identified, and quantified.