K2 Test Strips – Synthetic Marijuana
Synthetic marijuana, also known as the K2 drug, is made from mind-alerting chemicals that are either smoked or vaporized from a concentrated liquid form. They are often called synthetic cannabinoids because they are designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. Widely available in stores and online, K2 is marketed as safe and legal when, in fact, synthetic marijuana side effects pose a serious and dangerous risk.
In 2011 and 2012, the DEA used their Emergency Scheduling Authority to classify several synthetic marijuana compounds and make them illegal. Manufacturing, purchasing, and using the K2 drug compounds is highly restricted, but manufacturers circumvent laws by slightly changing the chemical compositions of their products.
As such, conventional drug tests are not capable of detecting the broad range of synthetic cannabinoids and may lead to false-positive results in environments where zero tolerance is of utmost importance. 12 Panel Medical synthetic marijuana drug tests are an extension of standard paneled drug testing approaches that maintain a 99% accuracy rating and deliver results in five minutes.
New psychoactive substances (NPSs) are a group of drugs that are relatively new to the market and easily available in drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, gas stations, and over the internet. Unregulated, mind-altering substances like the K2 drug are designed to produce the same effects as illicit drugs, while escaping conditions of legality.
Synthetic marijuana is an NPS that is marketed as safe. With chemical compositions that are constantly changing and relatively unknown, the potential synthetic marijuana side effects can be dangerous. Now considered among other drugs with a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value, K2 drug tests are imperative as an extension of standard panel drug testing.
There are currently no standard paneled tests that test for synthetic marijuana. Comprehensive drug testing programs in the workplace or in clinical settings must include a urine test that is capable of detecting all of the compounds associated with synthetic cannabinoids.
Synthetic cannabinoids are extensively metabolized in the human body. 12 Panel Medical synthetic marijuana drug test strips identify the most common metabolites of synthetic cannabinoids to industry-standard cutoff concentrations for determining abuse.
Cutoff concentrations for synthetic marijuana are expressed as nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) and are preset to a level of 50 ng/ml.
A sample urine specimen must be collected from the donor for testing. When the urine specimen is ready for testing, the operator will remove the K2 drug test strip from the protective packaging.
The testing strip may be damaged by extended exposure to light and air. Do not remove the strip until ready to perform the test to ensure the most reliable results. If the testing strip was removed from packaging more than 1 hour prior to testing, the results should not be interpreted.
Do not touch the strip membrane. Bacteria from hands and surfaces may contaminate the testing strip and invalidate results.
Hold the K2 drug test strip where the product name is printed. Carefully place the testing strip membrane into the cup, in a vertical position. Do not immerse the strip past the MAX line on the testing strip.
Allow the strip to absorb as much of the sample as possible, immersing the membrane in the specimen for at least 10 to 15 seconds. You might notice color moving across the strip, but the results cannot be read before five minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes.
If the specimen contains more than the pre-determined cutoff levels, the result is positive. This is indicated by one colored band in the control region and no colored band in the test region. Positive results should be sent to a toxicology laboratory for confirmation.
A negative result is indicated by one colored band in the control region, and one colored band in the test region. A negative result indicates that the specimen does not reach the cutoff levels.
If no colored band appears in the control indicator of the test strip, the result is invalid. The test must be performed again. If the problem persists, you may contact your local distributor.