420 with CNW – University of Texas Scientists Develop Rapid Marijuana Test

420 with CNW – University of Texas Scientists Develop Rapid Marijuana Test

In the U.S., marijuana is one of the most used federally illegal drugs. There are no federal regulations governing marijuana use, leaving law enforcement with the challenge of identifying impaired driving. A team of researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas has developed a biosensor that uses saliva to detect the levels of THC on a subject in one minute. Their study was published in Nature Scientific Reports in September. The biosensor device will help in the roadside assessment of THC consumption. It works the same way as those testing for alcohol-impaired driving. Dr. Shalini Prasad, who is one of the researchers and an interim department head of bioengineering in the Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science, said that even though marijuana is not legal in Texas, there are conversations geared towards that end. She furthers says that there are no devices that can accurately determine the levels of THC in a subject. THC is the active component of marijuana that has the potential to affect memory, mobility, focus, coordination, decision-making, sensory and time perception of the consumers. According to Dr. Prasad, marijuana effects vary from person to person and determining how it affects the population as…

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