Our Mission

Our goal is to not only develop cutting edge science and technology
to address impaired driving, but also to champion the national
dialogue about marijuana-impaired driving.

About Us

The Hound® marijuana breathalyzer solves the fundamental safety problem associated with marijuana legalization: How to objectively determine if someone recently used marijuana and therefore could be impaired while driving or working.  Hound Labs, Inc. has created the world’s first field-tested marijuana breathalyzer to measure recent marijuana use in breath. Working with senior scientists, law enforcement, and researchers, the Company developed a patent-pending technology using a combination of chemistry, physics, and engineering. This novel approach resulted in the incredibly efficient and responsive technology required to measure THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) in breath – a method that is more than one million times more sensitive than the technologies used today to measure alcohol in breath.

The issue of impairment is complicated because there is no accurate device on the market today to measure recent marijuana use. Although measuring THC in blood, urine, or saliva is relatively easy, these types of testing do not distinguish recent use from use days or weeks earlier. However, THC can only be measured in breath for a few hours after smoking and then it disappears. This time period is critically important because it correlates with the window of impairment identified by researchers. The Hound device measures recently used THC in breath, helping law enforcement and employers to ensure safety while also ensuring that responsible users who smoked days or weeks prior to testing will not be arrested or fired for merely testing THC positive.

 

"Law enforcement officers around the country are anxiously waiting on the day when a portable weed breathalyzer becomes reality, so they can stop relying on the scientifically dubious roadside munchies test. Thankfully, one Californian company (Hound Labs) claims to be almost there." ~ Gizmodo

“Mike Lynn of Hound Labs Inc. stands at the intersection of people who want more answers regarding pot and driving. Lynn also is an Oakland, Calif., emergency room doctor, a reserve deputy sheriff and a clinical faculty member at the University of California-San Francisco.”
~ The Denver Post

“We need to identify those people that shouldn’t be driving. This is about saving lives and preventing tragedies,” Lynn said. “The guy that smoked yesterday and didn’t get behind the wheel, that’s not the person we’re focused on at all.”
~ Philly.com

“Responsible stoners agree on one thing: lighting up before you get behind the wheel is a bad idea. There hasn’t yet been sufficient research to determine for sure whether legalization in the U.S. has resulted in a higher incidence of car crashes. However, it’s well-known that being high slows reaction time, makes drivers more likely to weave between lanes, and effects motor skills – all things you, and your fellow motorists, want to avoid.”
~ Civilized

“..if all goes well (which is the expectation of its CEO Mike Lynn), they’ll be in the hands of law enforcement and interested consumers by late 2016. Clinical testing will involve legal medical marijuana patients at the University of California, Berkeley’s campus…”
~ The Motley Fool

“The path to creating a breath test has not been simple or easy. Lynn said THC is found in quantities “somewhere between a million and a billion times less concentrated” than alcohol in breath.”
~ National Journal

“Other companies have touted the ability to detect marijuana through the breath in products currently in testing, but Mr. Lynn says his product will be the first to give precise measurements in picograms — measurements of one trillionth of a gram — that can be used to determine a person’s current level of intoxication from smoking marijuana.”
~ The Washington Times

"Mike Lynn of Hound Labs Inc. stands at the intersection of people who want more answers regarding pot and driving. Lynn also is an Oakland, Calif., emergency room doctor, a reserve deputy sheriff and a clinical faculty member at the University of California-San Francisco." ~ The Denver Post

“From a trauma center perspective, I have seen the terrible, senseless tragedies related to impaired driving,” Lynn said. He’s seen it from a law enforcement perspective, too, and knows the challenges police officers face when dealing with impaired drivers.
~ CBS News

"We need to identify those people that shouldn't be driving. This is about saving lives and preventing tragedies," Lynn said. "The guy that smoked yesterday and didn't get behind the wheel, that's not the person we're focused on at all." ~ Philly.com

About Hound Labs, Inc.

Hound Labs, Inc. is a scientific device company that developed the first technology to rapidly, accurately, and inexpensively detect and measure the levels of both marijuana and alcohol in a person’s breath. Dr. Mike Lynn, an ER physician, reserve deputy sheriff, and former venture capitalist and Mr. Kuni Oh, a patent attorney with deep technical background in engineering and science co-founded the Oakland-based company in 2014.

Learn about the Hound Foundation.