Cannabis is an important industrial plant, in addition to its illicit drug use. Compound Delta(9)-THC (Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol) is mainly responsible for the hallucinogenic effect on humans. The aminoalkylindole group cannabimimetics targets at the same physiological receptors to mimic the analgesic effects of Delta(9)-THC. Since there is no reliable colorimetric test to detect these synthetic cannabimimetics on site, a simple colorimetric assay for (aminoalkyl)indole group-containing drugs was developed, based on the silica/sulfuric acid-catalyzed Ehrlich reaction of (aminoalkyl)indoles with p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde. The electrophilic substitution reaction of indoles with carbonyl compounds resulting in the formation of bis(indolyl)alkanes in an acid-catalyzed reaction has been used for the first time for their spectrophotometric determination by color change from yellow to purple/blue. The method was statistically validated against liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, and applied to certain (aminoalkyl)indole derivatives, with 0.5 - 2.5 mu g mL(-1) detection limits for AM-2201, JWH-081, MAM-2201, JWH-018, JWH-210, JWH-122, 5F-PB-22 and XLR-11.