Lab Services are important in clinical trials as it adds quantitative data to understand valuable information on how the drug acts in animals and humans.
· Qualitative and Quantitative Testing. This testing is typically done to ensure that participants in clinical trials do not have any drugs on board prior to taking the test drug. This is important to ensure that the participant does not have another drug on board that could interact with the test drug.
Cannabinoids (Quantitative testing of CBD, THC, 2-AG and Anandamide)
· Pharmacokinetics is the measure of the rate (kinetics) of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion. Pharmacokinetic testing is where a sample is taken (typically plasma blood) and testing is done to determine the quantitative amount of drug and drug metabolite that is present. This data can help to understand the time the drug peaks, and eliminates and the relative quantities of both the parent drug and the metabolite. Further more it can help determine if there is a food effect (a difference in the absorption etc. after taking food or on an empty stomach after a period of fasting).