Key Benefits of the Randox Cannabinoids reagent
The Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) method is the ‘gold standard’ method in the drugs of abuse testing panel. The Randox Cannabinoids assay showed a 93.3% correlation using the GC/MS method.
Dedicated controls and calibrators available
The Randox Cannabinoids assay has been specially designed for accurate calibration and quality control
Liquid ready-to-use reagents
The Randox cannabinoids reagent comes in a liquid format which is more convenient as the reagent does not need to be reconstitute which aids in reducing the risk of errors occurring
Other features of the Randox Cannabinoids reagent
- Homogeneous Enzyme Immunoassay
- Liquid ready-to-use reagents
- 93.3% correlation with GC/MS values
- Dedicated controls and calibrators available
- On board stability of 28 days at approximately +10°C
What is the Cannabinoids assay used for?
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are a group of compounds that produce the ‘high’ effects associated with marijuana. There are roughly 113 cannabinoids present in marijuana including THC and CBD. Marijuana is generally consumed through smoking or ingestion. Whilst some cannabinoids present in marijuana have beneficial effects on the body, others do not. The cannabinoid most associated and most prevalent with marijuana is THC which can occur in concentrations as high as 30%. The THC is the psychoactive component that contributes to ‘high’ feeling upon binding to the CB1 receptors in the brain. Cannabinoids produces a mix of sedative and stimulant effects and can act as a central nervous system depressant. The side effects associated with the THC cannabinoid include a decrease in short-term memory, concentration problems, motor impairments, dizziness and an increased heart rate. Excessive amounts of THC include, hallucinations, panic attacks and vomiting, however, these is not commonly seen in frequent users or more experienced users. Some cannabinoids present in marijuana including CBD, CBN, and CBC have beneficial effects including antibacterial properties, treatment of acne and the treatment of seizures. The chronic use of marijuana may potentially cause psychological, neurobiological and general health problems. For more information on the cognitive effects of heavy marijuana use, please click here [external link].
What is the cannabinoid assay used for?
Marijuana abuse is a widespread public health issue. Whilst there are not any approved medications available to treat cannabinoid abuse, The Randox Cannabinoids assay is used to detect use and / or abuse of THC in urine. The concentration levels of the THC cannabinoid present in the urine is a good indicator of how long a user has been subjected to the drug as the longer the user has been subjected to the drug, the higher the concentration levels and the longer it takes to fully leave the users system.