Spice: What Is It, And Can It Be Tested?

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You may have heard of the newest drug phenomenon, known variously as "spice" or K2.  Sometimes called "Genie," this drug has similar effects as marijuana, but unlike marijuana, it is (in most states) legal. Spice, a type of synthetic cannabis you cannot home drug test for, yet. Spice works like marijuana. A chemical in the spice mimics the activity THC has in the brain.  This results in a marijuana like high, with the same symptoms.  The potency of the drug varies across brand. Some states have banned the drug, including Iowa.  Kansas and Missouri are trying to categorize spice with marijuana in terms of legality and involved fines (see this CBS news report for more). What do you need to know?  Well, if you are concerned that someone is using spice, you cannot at the moment buy a home drug test for it.  There's no doubt new technologies will develop in the next few years to test for it, but at the moment no hair, saliva, or urine home drug test can detect it. However, the Redwood Toxicology lab did just recently come out with a urine-based lab test for it.  While not as convenient as a home test, it is the only current method of detecting spice use.  To learn more call 1-800-255-2159 or visit their website (Redwood Toxicology) to learn more about how it works.  We'll be sure to keep you in the loop as far as how soon the test will be available on the instant drug test market, and if you have any questions, let us know! Picture by Schorle via Wikipedia.
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