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  • Post Time Posted August 05, 2018
California based Hound Labs has created the first breathalyzer able to detect the amount of THC in somebody’s body.
 
The device has yet to be tested in the field, but will begin trials with police forces this fall. 

Current devices, such as the Draeger DrugTest 5000 that will be used by Canadian Police Forces come legalization, use saliva tests to determine THC levels. The problem with these however, is that THC can be found in saliva for up to 6 hours after use, well beyond the point of acceptable driving levels. As a result, those who test positive for THC in these tests are then brought into a police station to complete more tests, including blood tests to get a more accurate reading. 

According to Hound Labs CEO Mike Lynn, the breathalyzer is able to pinpoint marijuana use in the last two hours, as THC only remains in the breath for roughly that long. That timeframe is also what many consider the window  to be for unacceptable driving conditions. 

Source: http://www.sickkids.ca/AboutSickKids/Newsroom/Past-News/2018/first-canadian-paediatric-study-mixed-cannabis-oil-shows-promise.html

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