The most common forms of synthetic cannabis are now illegal across Australia, however the relative ease by which they can still be procured has made them an attractive alternative for workers in industries such as mining who are regularly drug tested while on the job.
Synthetic cannabis is commonly sold as natural herbs which are sprayed with a synthetic chemical. When consumed, these 'herbs' allegedly mimic the effects of cannabis. The most common active ingredients in these blends are the synthetic cannabinoids JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-250.
Such products are commonly marketed under terms such as 'Kronic' and 'K2'. These substances have the potential to be extremely harmful and therefore are a concern for workplace and public safety.
Importantly, as their chemical constitution differs from that of cannabis, the synthetic cannabinoids in synthetic cannabis will not be detected by conventional drug testing procedures designed to detect THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.
Pacific Data Systems
now offers a solution for employers concerned that their workers are using these substances with the introduction of the Fastect II K2 dipstick testing kit.
The Fastect II K2 dipstick is a dipstick-style test for the presence of synthetic cannabis, and is designed for the rapid detection of JWH-018 N-pentanoic and JWH-073 N-butanoic acid metabolites in urine.
The results of the Fastect K2 screen assay for qualitative detection of the major metabolites of JWH-018 and JWH-073 agree well with LC/MS/MS analysis, and it is sensitive and specific as a screening assay.
Supplied in boxes of 50 tests, the Fastect II K2 takes under five minutes to deliver a result, and is capable of detecting synthetic cannabis for up to 72 hours after consumption.