The world's first IMS based mobile Cannabis Breathalyser

Characteristic substances resulting from Cannabis consumption can be found in exhaled breath and their detection is indicative of the consumption. This can be used in various situations like during traffic control. The technology has been developed and verified under lab conditions at ION-GAS by studies with legal volunteers – no False-Positives have been reported until now. This has resulted in the creation of the world’s first IMS based mobile cannabis breathalyser – IONdrug.

IONdrug’s hardware is based on ion mobility spectrometry coupled to rapid gas-chromatographic pre-separation (GC-IMS). The instrument weighs 8 kg and enables the battery driven mobile operation for up to 4 hours. The determination of drug consumption follows approx. 90 seconds after sampling. With automatic background analysis and a user-friendly interphase, the system can be operated intuitively with minimal training.

Soon, IONdrug will be validated and cross referenced with the method and will enable even the determination of the approximate time of Cannabis consumption. Furthermore, the detection of other common drugs like Heroin, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Crystal Meth or date rape drugs (GHB) is planned.

Technical Data

  • Non-invasive sampling
  • Dimensions 300 x 300 x 160 mm and 8 kg weight including battery
  • Autonomous battery operation upto 4 hours
  • Warm up time 30 minutes
  • Operation at -10 °C to +35 °C and 0-85% relative humidity
  • Ionisation with Tritium below the EURATOM threshold
  • Extendable to other drugs with a software update