Does synthetic weed show up on drug tests?
No. Synthetic weed does not show up on current drug tests. We explore why not here.
No Test, No Worries
One of the reasons that the use of synthetic cannabinoids became so popular over the last few years was that they don’t show up in traditional drug tests. Why not? This is because they do not produce the metabolite in urine that is used to test for cannabis use. This meant that folks could puff away at their JWH infused herbs safe in the knowledge that their jobs were not in danger.
However, this seems to be about to change. Now that JWH compounds are banned because of the severity and seriousness of herbal incense side effects, there is big money to be made in developing a simple to use test for detecting synthetic cannabinoids in urine.
Is there a synthetic weed test available now?
As of yet there is no simple, practical way to test individuals for JWH compounds, although this may well be about to change. Various organizations/bodies are working on a test. In the U.K. a team at Manchester University claims to have developed a test for synthetic cannabinoids, and a company in the U.S. called Drug Free Sport is also attempting to develop a test that can be used to determine whether athletes have used JWH compounds.
On the other hand, there is a test available now that can detect synthetic weed in urine or blood. However, this test can only detect two of the JWH compounds, namely JWH-108 and JWH-073. Also this is not some easy to use at home test, rather tests have to be sent to the Redwood Toxicology lab (where the test was developed) within a specific time frame otherwise the urine will deteriorate to such an extent that the test will be useless.
Then how do I know if someone has been using synthetic weed?
You don’t. Other than using common sense and looking out for the telltale signs of use (which are very similar to those of marijuana) such as:
- general slowness of movement
- loss of interest in work/hobbies
- red eyes
- smoking paraphernalia such as papers, bongs, pipes etc.
- subdued behaviour
More on synthetic marijuana
For the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about how synthetic cannabinoids (herbs infused with JWH compounds) are not some harmless legal substance that kids smoke in a vain attempt to get high. They are in fact a drug as potent, if not more potent than top grade skunk with very real effects that are not always pleasurable and, in some cases, downright dangerous.
It is for these reasons and more, that as of March 1st this year, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) outlawed the possession and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids throughout the United States.
Questions about synthetic weed
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