JWH "Synthetic Marijuana" Drug Tests Coming Soon

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Urinalysis: They could be looking for "synthetic marijuana" soon.
Since we first reported on a synthetic cannabinoid compound called JWH back in February, "herbal incense" blends containing the compound have been selling like crazy on the Internet and at head shops. An Arizona company even claims to now sell pure, lab-made JWH in powder form.

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.

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A packet of popular herbal incense blend Spice.
One reason JWH and herbal incense blends have been popular with military personnel and athletes (both jobs that generally require drug tests) is because JWH won't show up as marijuana on a test that's specifically looking for pot. Though JWH is believed to have the same effect on the human brain as THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), it is a synthetic substance and does not produce the metabolite (THC-COOH) in urine that indicates marijuana use.

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.

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A chemical diagram of the JWH-018 compound.
Last month, scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in England developed a test capable of quickly identifying the presence of JWH compounds in herbal incense blends like Spice and K2. Dr. Craig Banks and his colleagues took a Spice blend called Gold Spirit, and through a complicated process known as standard gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), they were able to isolate the JWH compounds and determine the quantity inside the herbal blend.

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.


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Iggywelderman
Iggywelderman

I got fired for Jwh in a drug test by shaw Inc what can I do to about it

Josie Jones
Josie Jones

It is the prohibition of marijuana which has made this niche for legal weed alternatives. A niche which herbal incense products are filling rather successfully. The bans against k2 smoke products are not solving anything. Many places exist where one may still buy k2 incense and seemingly vendors like, http://www.buyherbalincense.co... claim that the k2 herb products they sell are legal everywhere.

anewday23
anewday23

Lawmakers are in the process of closing any loopholes that currently exist with laws pertaining to some herbal incense products, but there efforts will prove to be fruitless in the end. The prohibition of marijuana has created this demand for legal marijuana alternatives. A rather prosperous niche that will be tapped into for as long as marijuana continues to be illegal. There are many places one may still buy k2 incense and according to the vendors, like http://www.buyherbalincense.co... the k2 herb products they sell are legal everywhere.

Playin_wit_fire420
Playin_wit_fire420

Why? Why go spend all this money just to detect whether or not someone got high? Why do some people INSIST on prying into other people's lives? Why is it when people have any sort of buzz or high or happy feeling, there are those who ABSOLUTELY CANNOT STAND IT and do whatever they can to put a stop to it? Why does it matter SO MUCH to some people that some people like to catch a buzz here and there? WHY DON'T THEY LEAVE US ALONE.

Dan
Dan

How long does it take to get out of your system?

Hardy Scott
Hardy Scott

Addiction of any sort is bad. And quite unfortunately today many people are addicted to dangerous substances such as Marijuana and alcohol. Needless to say it should be taken up instantly and should try and get rid of this habit right away. The more delay we make the more it will give pain and soon a point will reach when death will be staring on the face.

3100conspiracy
3100conspiracy

The divide between what is legal and what corporations tolerate is disturbing.The availability to test for a drug that isn't even scheduled is purely profit oriented, and not for the betterment of society.

K2 herb
K2 herb

Aren't they fighting a never-ending battle? As soon as they ban one chemical, it seems there are several new ones to replace it.

218unfiltered
218unfiltered

you obviously have too much time on your hands and what sister

k2
k2

There will always be a new compound sprouting up and another test to be made. Let's just legalize the real stuff already...

Non-ya
Non-ya

you are a partial retard. Mari J never hurt anyone. Alchohol is definetely a drug, yes! but, MJ never hurt anyone. Hungry, happ and sleepy. That's all MJ does to you. Why are you not worried about something WAY more dangerious and way more of a problem like METH and DOPE. God, I love ignorant pricks!

Playin_wit_fire420
Playin_wit_fire420

Holy poo man STFU, nobody is addicted to marijuana. There is no addictive chemicals in weed. Weed does not cause addiction. How many times and ways do we have to tell you nanny asswipes?

Dude
Dude

Ahh Yes, but don't forget about the Hair Follicle testing places! Hair follicle detects a minimum of 90days prior history which is ~1.5" of hair length.

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