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Synthetic Marijuana has Health Officials Concerned


EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services to determine if synthetic cannabis contains additional chemicals or is strictly herbal.

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In November of 2010, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it would use its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana. The DEA’s emergency order went into effect last month after health officials began raising concerns over the substance that was being purchased legally from stores and over the internet.

Synthetic cannabis (pot) first hit the U.S. in the early 2000s. It is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product. Initially many believed the product worked through just a mixture of herbs, but later laboratory testing showed the product contained synthetic cannabinoids which act on the body similarly to naturally found THC in actual marijuana.

According to the DEA (, “Over the past year, smokable herbal blends marketed as being ‘legal’ and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as ‘Spice,’ ‘K2,’ ‘Blaze,’ and ‘Red X Dawn’ are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.”

EMSL Analytical, Inc. one of the nation’s largest consumer products testing laboratories, has been busy testing these products to help determine their content. “Since the ban took effect, new products are coming onto the markets that claim they do not contain synthetic chemicals and that they are strictly herbal,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL. “EMSL’s state of the art laboratory can test these products for the public, manufacturers, law enforcement and public health officials,” he continued.

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About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of food, environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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