Pitt Professors Develop Marijuana Breathalyzer

It detects alcohol and the psychoactive compound in marijuana

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
August 28, 2019 - 3:41 pm

courtesy of Dr. Alexander Star


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With more states legalizing recreational and medicinal cannabis, law enforcement is struggling to identify impaired drivers on the road.

University of Pittsburgh researchers may have found the solution, creating a Breathalyzer that detects alcohol and the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

Dr. Alex Star leads one of the assisting labs with Professor Ervin Sejdic

He tells KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes-Freeland it looks like an alcohol Breathalyzer:

“So you just breathe into the mouthpiece of the Breathalyzer and on the display it will say if THC is detected or not,” said Dr. Star.

Courtesy of Dr. Alex Star at Pitt

No word when it will be commercially available.

Researchers still need to determine the amount of THC that causes impairment in humans.

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