Department of Science develops a cannabis test kit for 0.2% THC, know the results in 15 minutes, give away 15 thousand sets for free

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22 Jun 2022 21:39

Department of Medical Sciences Developed a cannabis test kit “Test Kann” using immunochromatography technique to measure THC at a concentration of 2 mg/ml. Results are known within 15 minutes. Prepare to give away the first 15,000 free kits.

On June 22, 2022, at Grand Richmond Hotel, Nonthaburi Province, Dr. Supakit Sirilak, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences, together with Dr. Pichet Banyat, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences and executives of the Department of Medical Sciences Press release on the development of cannabis testing kit “Test Kann (Test Cannabis)”

Supakit Dr. Referring to the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health Re: Specifying the names of drugs in category 5 BE 2022, effective from June 9, 2022, making all parts of marijuana, hemp, not a drug. Except for extracts containing more than 0.2% by weight of THC, it is still a drug. On this matter, Mr. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health has given a policy of free hemp cannabis plants for medical and health Not for intoxication or recreation. Including guidelines for the determination of THC content of cannabis extracts up to 0.2% to ensure Therefore, the Department of Medical Sciences was assigned to produce a test kit for entrepreneurs or the general public to use to test cannabis extracts. or preliminary hemp oil whether the THC content exceeds 0.2% or not. If the test result exceeds 0.2% (positive), the laboratory results must be reconfirmed. If the laboratory results show that THC content exceeds 0.2%, it is considered a narcotic.

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The Department of Medical Sciences, as the country’s reference laboratory for medicine and public health, has supported the policy. of the Ministry of Health To provide people with access to safe medical use of cannabis and to develop laboratory capacity to verify cannabis hemp plants. and quality control of hemp products Both the identification and quantification of important substances in cannabis plants, inflorescences, cannabis extracts, cannabis oil drops under the tongue Hemp-containing foods and cosmetics cannabis plasma assay including the development of cannabis testing kits, etc.

Dr. Supakit added that for the development of the Test Kann cannabis test kit (Test Cannabis) can detect Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in cannabis extracts and cannabis oil. The nature of the examination is a preliminary test set. using immunochromatographic techniques Immunochromatography (IC) which is based on the binding principle of antibody and competitive antigen (Competitive immunoassay) is convenient, quick to use, results are known within 15 minutes, effective and can be used in the field. THC at a concentration of 2 milligrams per milliliter (mg/ml) (0.2%), the test result must always have a purple band at position C to be readable. for interpretation

Positive: Only one magenta bar appears at position C on the test cassette, indicating that THC exceeds 0.2% in the sample tested.

Negative result: Two magenta bands appear in areas C and T on the test kit cassette. (By the way, the color intensity at position T may be darker or lighter than position C.) This indicates that the presence of THC in the test sample does not exceed 0.2%.

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However, the aforementioned test kit is a preliminary examination (Screening test) only, and the results cannot be taken for legal proceedings. For the price of not more than 100 baht per test, but the Department of Medical Sciences cannot produce for sale. The knowledge of production technology will be transferred to interested private sectors. for commercial production And in the first phase, 15,000 copies will be distributed free of charge to the appropriate persons.

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