In recent years the market in synthetic cannabis has expanded along with other legal highs in an attempt to circumvent the law.
Synthetic cannabis is now a class b drug in the UK and a schedule 1 drug in the US
These products remain widely available both through traditional street and club dealers but also via the internet.
Synthetic analogues of Cannabis are made by adding a chemical, principally JWH-018 (1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole) and JWH-073 (which has been shown to produce behavioral effects very similar to THC) to a fibre or plant base material which is then consumed in a similar manner to traditional cannabis or skunk.
These mixtures are sold as K2 or K3 mix, spice, or incense.
Their metabolites are stable and detectable making a reliable screening test for abuse both accurate and specific.
With the growth in popularity we are recommending screening for these drug groups should be added to critical employment role drug screening (HSE testing, critical employment role, random and post incident testing)
Professional packs of 50ng urine strip test drug screens that screen for K2 Spice are available from ukdrugtesting.co.uk