Sober Up, the First Marijuana Breathalyzer is Here!
Cannabis lovers beware! The long-announced high-sensitivity breath test for THC is finally on the market!
After several enthusiastic announcements back in 2020, this spring, there’s a real chance for us to come across this on-site THC test branded as The HOUND® MARIJUANA BREATHALYZER—Dr. Mike Lynn, the CEO, and co-founder of Hound Labs, confirms.
Hound Labs, Inc—the company behind this game-changer test, has already partnered with Avetta, the provider of supply chain risk management, and opened a waiting list.
Everyone who has consumed marijuana up to 3 hours before taking it will test positive on the test. This beats the 1day—90 days accuracy range of all forerunners such as blood, urine, hair, saliva, and sweat tests for THC.
Plus, the technology used detects THC with a sensitivity of one part per trillion! In other words, it is 1 billion times more sensitive than a regular alcohol breathalyzer.
So how does it work?
When THC is smoked, or otherwise consumed, it enters the bloodstream and with it, every organ, including the lungs. A minuscule amount of THC is then expired through the lungs for three hours after entering the bloodstream. It’s this THC that the breathalyzer detects.
What’s even more convenient is that the detection time window (3h) coincides with the so-called peak of impairment, during which THC modifies our behavior and thoughts the most.
Who will benefit from this breathalyzer?
- Law enforcement will be able to prevent road accidents with routine controls. This is important, given that, right after alcohol, cannabis is the second most frequently found substance in drivers deceased in car accidents.
- It will stop racially discriminatory arrests for cannabis use.
- Employees can enjoy cannabis on their weekends and holidays, not worrying about drug testing.
- Employers can pinpoint irresponsible workers.
The weed breathalyzer is a milestone in the nationwide adaptation to legal cannabis use. And since it gives the control of marijuana use back to the institutions, it can contribute to the marijuana legalization process on a federal level.