"Synthetic Marijuana" Drug Test Now Available

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Urine samples can now be tested for JWH compounds.

Last month, we reported that drug tests capable of detecting "synthetic marijuana" use were being developed and were expected to be available by the end of this year.

Well, one laboratory moved faster. Yesterday, California-based Redwood Toxicology Laboratory (RTL) announced it now offers lab-based testing for so-called "fake pot" metabolites (if you need some background on "synthetic marijuana," check out the Buzz Buzz archives.)

According to the Redwood Toxicology Laboratory Web site, this new test identifies metabolites from synthetic cannabinoid compounds JWH-018 and JWH-073. The test is a urine test, and will reportedly detect metabolites from the JWH compounds up to 72 hours after they're ingested, depending on the dosage.


In a company press release, RTL scientific director Sumandeep Rana says, "Developing a urine test for JWH-018 and JWH-073 was very challenging. Since parent compounds are not usually found in urine, we had to identify the metabolites...If you only look for the parent drug in urine, you will have a lot of false negatives. The accuracy of this test could have a real impact on the drug testing industry."

RTL touts the test as "ideal for a number of criminal situations including drug courts, probation, and parole."

But before recreational JWH users get in an uproar about wide-scale JWH drug tests, it should be noted that although RTL is federally certified, it is a private company, and clients who want JWH urine tests have to pay for them (we called RTL for a price quote; as of this writing, we're still waiting for a response).

And since JWH compounds are still legal in Arizona (except on U.S. military bases), JWH drug tests aren't likely to be rampant in the state anytime soon.


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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.

Niki Dandrea
Niki Dandrea

Josh, this particular test by Redwood Toxicology only detects JWH-018 and JWH-073 thus far. However, another company, Drug Free Sport, is currently developing a JWH test that may detect metabolites from a larger range of JWH compounds.

As far as a "contact high" from JWH-018, I've had people tell me they've experienced contact highs. I cannot definitely state that people in the same room with somebody smoking JWH-018 will always get a contact high, only that a few people have told me they've gotten them.

Downsouth4ever
Downsouth4ever

you cant be addicted to marijuana it has no addictive subtances at all and people have been smoking for thousands of years. It is a plant that god created, The problem is all the other drugs give it a bad name. Because of the gov. Maijuana was made illegal because back in 1930 the hemp industry was taking business away from the wood industry, the gov. was affraid of job loss and loosing money because how much the wood industry brought, they made marijuana illegal. By the way hemp is way easier and cheaper to grow and you can make an unlimited number of things from hemp. We need to save the trees people. Think of how many farmers that lost there farms because of the regulations that the fda made and these big companies taking over and leaving the farmers with nothing because the farmers cant beat million dollar coperations. Think of the jobs hemp could bring and the money. But anything good for us that could help us the government doesnt want. Now I am sorry but the drug war is all one big web. Everything is connected, the government see's this as an opportunity to make money. I would not be surprised if they were bringing most of it in so that they can make money by putting people in the system. Its time to wake up amercia........

DUDE
DUDE

You're an idiot pal.

A concerned person for "dude"
A concerned person for "dude"

your just mad because you aperently have a chemical dependency of some sort and cant deal with your problems or your self or maybe your just so weak minded you give in too easily to peer pressure so therefore you must be jelous of Mr. Scott for having more will power than you and for having more selfcontrol.

Downsouth4ever
Downsouth4ever

And for you.If you have never smoked marijuana then you will never understand. I promise it has woke me and made me realize how much this life we live is a lie and how much we are being lied to. You will never understand that anyone else for that matter. I don't do drugs i just smoke weed. I am sorry but the worse that  I can say is it makes me hungry as hell and tired THATS IT, and as far as all these other reports about fake weed or even real, about people killing there selves or it being harmful. I wanna talk to the doctor that tested these people to find out what else they were doing as well because I promise you most people were probably messed up on other shit as well. Whats wrong with doing something that makes you feel happy and puts u in a place of zen. So its ok to sell alcohol or perscription drugs they fuck you up way worse. people are ignorate and need to realize that marijuana is not bad. Now crack , coke, herion, crystal ect... ARE JUST PLAIN DUMB TO DO. But I am sorry to me marijuana is the tree of life not only does it make everybody peaceful, hemp can bring in alot of good things and make alot of thing with it, so in my eyes something like that does not seem to bad to me.

Invictus675
Invictus675

This is for a concerned person and mr. Scott you are both idiots for thinking marijuana is addictive and dangerous.. Marijuana is completely harmless so u two boobs should meet up sometime and suck each others cocks and learn a thing or two before you start spewing ignorant shit from your pie hole... FUCK YOU!!

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