A histofluorescent procedure for identifying marijuana cannabinoids

Experientia. 1983 Aug 15;39(8):886-8. doi: 10.1007/BF01990420.


A rapid and reliable fluorescence procedure is described as a test for the microscopical identification of the glandular hairs of Cannabis sativa. The proposed method, designated as the IFIM test (induced fluorescence identification for marijuana test), is based on the induction of a red fluorescence in cannabinoids by a hot clearing solution. The results, compared to those obtained by the classical RIM test, offer the possibility of more satisfactory identification of cannabis, hashish or marijuana in suspected samples.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cannabinoids / isolation & purification*
  • Cannabis / analysis
  • Cannabis / cytology*
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence / methods


  • Cannabinoids