Enhanced testing, optimized answers
Comprehensive urine drug testing to accurately confirm and monitor marijuana use
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, weed, pot, or dope, is the most commonly used federally controlled substance in the United States.1 Derived from Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants, which contain psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds, marijuana can cause euphoria, intensified sensations, altered pain sensitivity, and a range of other effects, but when misused can lead to intoxication, withdrawal, and biopsychosocial issues.2
Since prolonged use can lead to physical dependance and development of cannabis use disorder,3 the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and other professional societies recommend urine drug testing (UDT) as an evidence-based, therapeutic tool to identify and monitor marijuana use in support of patient recovery.4
By the numbers
Americans reported using cannabis in 20205
average annual increase in cannabis-associated ER visits between 2006-20157
Americans age 12 and older had a cannabis use disorder in 20216
Innovative, patient-focused testing
Mayo Clinic Laboratories offers a comprehensive portfolio of marijuana testing and is one of the few laboratories in the nation to offer an evaluation to accurately characterize marijuana through identification of both delta-8 and delta-9 carboxy THC metabolites. Our unique approach to UDT is consistent with American Society of Addiction Medicine’s national consensus statement3 recommending UDT to identify the presence of prescribed and approved medication taken as part of addiction recovery therapy, as well as illicit substances most commonly abused.
Comprehensive testing for monitoring polysubstance use
Understanding which substances patients have ingested improves providers’ abilities to determine the effectivity of the treatment plan and provide motivation or reinforcement for abstinence. Because we understand that testing needs vary by institution and patient, our marijuana monitoring assays are orderable individually or as part of comprehensive, controlled substance or addiction rehabilitation monitoring profile to identify polysubstance use and to help physicians manage, monitor, and support patient recovery from substance use disorders.
Experienced, expert support
Analysis of urine drug testing results by our experts, who apply the most up-to-date scientific data, enables further transparency and clear answers that illuminate patients’ drug use. Test results are accompanied by interpretive reports the clearly identify the presence of prescribed, nonprescription, and illicit drugs. The inclusion of testing limitations, details on the window of drug detection, and information on the presence of pharmaceutical impurities and metabolic breakdowns of parent drugs in the reports provides important insights to guide treatment decisions.