Detection of synthetic cannabinoids in herbal incense products

Hannah J. Penn, Loralie J. Langman, David Unold, James Shields, James H. Nichols

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Objective: We investigated the ability of clinical drug of abuse tests to detect synthetic cannabinoids. Results: A broad class GC/MS drug screening method detected JWH-018 and JWH-073 in methanolic extracts and teas steeped from herbal incense products in three of four products tested. Conclusions: Synthetic cannabinoids are present in herbal incense purchased over the internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1165
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Biochemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug confirmation tests
  • Drug screening tests
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Synthetic cannabinoids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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