Cannabinoids & Bath Salts


“The abuse of synthetic designer drugs— and the increasing availability of these drugs— has emerged as a serious problem in the United States over the past few years.”

-US Department of Justice: The National Drug Intelligence Center’s Final 2013 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary

Synthetic cannabinoids are the most commonly abused synthetic designer drug and are a fast growing threat. Synthetic cannabinoid products—initially marketed as “legal alternatives to marijuana”—emerged in the US drug market in 2008. These drugs are commonly known by a variety of names, such as “K2” and “Spice.”
Availability of synthetic designer drugs known as “bath salts” rapidly increased between 2010 and 2012, causing severe consequences to abusers. Synthetic cathinones—marketed as “legal alternatives to cocaine or Ecstasy (MDMA),”–emerged in the US designer drug market during 2009. Head shops and other retail establishments often sell these products labeled as “bath salts.” Such products have caused users throughout the country to experience severe adverse health effects and violent behavior.


Manufacturers are constantly altering chemical formulas to create new synthetic compounds to try and avoid prosecution. This has created a moving target for law enforcement agencies.


  • Identifies most banned synthetic cathinones

  • Quarterly updates with new substances as they enter the market

  • User created database allows you to track the distribution of bath salts (by spectra) throughout a jurisdiction–simply by saving a substance’s unique chemical footprint to the database.

“We need a good method to identify all drugs, the MFL is compact, has good results, and is easy to use. When we use the MFL we can hold the defendant and then verify with the lab for court.”

-Sheriff Tom Volner, Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office, MO

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