Stoned drivers and weed-smoking workers take note: marijuana Breathalyzers will soon be in the hands of police officers and employers.
In fact, marijuana Breathalyzer prototypes have already been put to use for Covid-19 testing, after some innovations allowing them to detect SARS-CoV-2 antigens in breath.
Marijuana Breathalyzers have been in development for years and are finally approaching the launching pad as commercial products. Hound Labs, based in Oakland, California, says that market release is imminent for its Hound Marijuana Breathalyzer, which can detect the presence of THC molecules in the breath.
“The first commercial units of the Hound Marijuana Breathalyzer will be in the hands of customers this spring,” Dr. Mike Lynn, an emergency room physician who is CEO and co-founder of Hound Labs, told High Times. “Production will ramp up throughout the rest of 2021.”
This is bad news for workers who get high on the job. But it’s good news for employers who want to weed out such behavior. And it’s good news for anyone with safety concerns about bong-ripping motorists.
Hound Labs has also customized its Breathalyzer for Covid-19 testing and found that it can detect the antigens in the breath, similar to how it detects THC. Last year in New York City, Hound Labs partnered with Triple Ring Technologies to study super spreader events.
The introduction of the Hound Breathalyzer could really shake things up for law enforcement, motorists, employees, employers, and cannabis users. It’s different from other drug tests because it can test whether the person is currently high, as measured by the presence of THC molecules in the breath.
The developers of the Hound believe that THC molecules linger in the breath for up four hours after smoking. This is different from urine tests, which show whether the person