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.