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K2, and/or Spice, are the two most commonly given names used for synthetic cannabis. Synthetic marijuana is a chemical and herbal product with psychoactive properties whose effects mimic those of cannabis. Our blog article describes the history, legality, and detecting for this illicit drug.

These products are normally sprayed on smokeable substances and labeled as “herbal incense”. These products are most often used by people who want to circumvent detection and still achieve a marijuana type high.

Common street names are Kronic, Chronic Spice, Earthquake, Zohai, Mr. Nice Guy, Genie, K3, Pulse, Stinger, Spice Gold, Mystery, Red X dawn, Skunk and a host of others. Newer names are: K2 Thai Dream, K2 Amazonian Shelter, K2 Sky, K2 Solid Sex and K2 Orisha.

BioTech Screening offers a dip urine test for K2 or “Spice” with a cutoff of 25 ng/mL, the lowest cutoff for synthetic marijuana on the market. This test is available in multi-panel cup and dip, as well as single test strip or dip cassette.

Our K2/Spice Test screens for 18 compounds, giving it the widest range of screening for synthetic marijuana or cannabis:

Name Compounds Detected
JWH-018 N-propanoic acid
JWH-018 5-pentanoic acid metabolite
JWH-018 N-4-hydroxypenty
JWH-018 N-5-hydroxypentyl
JWH-019 6-hydroxyhexyl
JWH-019 5-hydroxyhexyl
JWH-073 4-butanoic acid metabolite
JWH-073 N-2-hydroxybutyl
JWH-073 N-4-hydroxybutyl
JWH-122 N-4-hydroxypentyl
JWH-122 N-5-hydroxypentyl
JWH-200 6-hydroxyindole
JWH-210 N-(5-carboxypentyl) metabolite C26H25NO3
JWH-398 N-pentanoic acid metabolite
MAM2201 N-pentanoic acid metabolite
RCS-4 N-(5-carboxypentyl) metabolite C21H21NO4
JWH-081 4-methoxynaphthalen-1-yl-(1-pentylindol-3-yl)methanone
JWD-250 2-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-(1-pentylindol-3-yl)ethanone

*forensic use only