The detection and persistence of Cannabis sativa DNA on skin

M. Wilkinson, A.M.T. Linacre

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The presence of Cannabis sativa DNA was detected on the skin of persons who have recently handled both leaf and resinous material. The persistence of C. sativa DNA was examined on the skin. The subjects were asked to either repeatedly rub their hands on their trousers, place their hands repeatedly into their pockets or wash their hands in soap and water. After rubbing the hands on trousers or placing them in pockets C. sativa DNA could still be detected. No DNA could be detected after washing the hands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
Number of pages4
JournalScience and Justice - Journal of the Forensic Science Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cannabis
  • Chloroplast
  • Detection
  • DNA
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Forensic science
  • Skin

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