JWH "Synthetic Marijuana" Drug Tests Coming Soon
|Urinalysis: They could be looking for "synthetic marijuana" soon.|
But for all its popularity (and potential impending illegality in the 44 states where it is still unregulated, which include Arizona), one frequently asked question remains: Will JWH show up on a drug test?
The answer, until now, has been "probably not." But last month, scientists in the United Kingdom developed a test to detect JWH compounds in herbal incense, and a multi-million dollar drug testing company in the U.S. is currently working on a JWH test they hope to introduce by the end of the year.
|A packet of popular herbal incense blend Spice.|
To put it simply, a drug test would have to specifically screen for JWH chemicals to detect them. Until last month, no such tests existed -- but they are being developed and they will be coming stateside soon.
|A chemical diagram of the JWH-018 compound.|
The test is being hailed as a potentially vital tool for law enforcement; it would allow forensic labs to find JWH in consumer products (JWH is illegal in the United Kingdom). The fact that Manchester Metropolitan University's test is geared more toward product policing and not human urinalysis might be a comfort to JWH smokers -- it if weren't for the fact that a urinalysis test for JWH is being developed right now in the United States.
Drug Free Sport, a company that handles drug testing for the NFL and NCAA, is currently working on a test to detect JWH chemicals in athletes. The National Center for Drug Free Sport Inc. hopes the test will be available by the end of this year.
The focus on athlete testing might be a comfort to non-athletes who smoke JWH, but given the pace at which U.S. states are making JWH illegal (six since February, with seven others considering similar bans), there's always the chance that a JWH test will soon be readily available -- and used -- in areas where the compound is controlled.