Cannabix Presents FAIMS Marijuana Breathalyzer Technology at the Texas Impaired Driving Forum
February 24, 2022
Vancouver, British Columbia, February 24, 2022 -- Cannabix Technologies Inc. (CSE: BLO) (OTC PINK: BLOZF) (the “Company or Cannabix”) developer of marijuana breathalyzer devices for law enforcement and the workplace reports that Cannabix’s Dr. Jared Boock recently presented key innovations made by Cannabix and its FAIMS based detection technology, a first-of-its-kind device, at the Texas Impaired Driving Forum, held by Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) on February 23rd. In addition, Dr. Boock provided technical background on sampling and detection methods for ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) in breath and why FAIMS (a specific method of ion filtering related to mass spectrometry) allows for a powerful portable instrument with the specificity of mass spectrometry. The advent of the Cannabix FAIMS based marijuana breath detection technology comes at a time when legislators across the United States and elsewhere are grappling with the ever-increasing problem of drugged-driving.
Dr. Jared Boock, Senior Analytical Chemist stated, “It is very evident that legislators, scientists, law enforcement and policy makers are seeking better ways to equip officers with the new tools needed to provide, fair, fast and non-invasive drug screening capability at roadside. The cannabis industry and law-makers are at a virtual standstill until tools like the ones we are developing come to market. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to discuss some of the powerful capabilities of FAIMS technology, and how it can cut through the complexities of human breath and achieve specific analyte detection in semi-volatile species like THC. THC quantities are a million times lower in breath than detection of alcohol in breath – diligence and innovation have been at the cornerstone of the development of our various technologies.”
The Texas Impaired Driving Forum attracted attendees from across the state of Texas and elsewhere. This year’s program had a number of speakers related to the topic of cannabis and driving. The audience consisted of traffic safety stakeholders specialize in fields such as prosecution, judicial review, probation, law enforcement, education/advocacy, prevention, treatment, and highway safety.
Cannabix is using its FAIMS technology to detect THC, a non-volatile compound, in breath. Breath testing for THC would allow law enforcement to quickly and practically identify recent marijuana use that better aligns with impairment than other methods. The Cannabix device has been designed and built in a series of modules that together allow for sample intake, ionization, filtering and detection – all done under atmospheric pressure. Cannabix is conducting in-house testing of the FAIMS Detection Unit in both portable and laboratory modes.
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