UK Advisory Council recommends banning “legal highs” laced with synthetic cannabis

August 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In news that’s going to harsh on someone’s buzz for a bit, UK drug advisers have gathered information on a series of “legal highs” including the herb Salvia divinorum, but particularly a herbal smoking mixture called Spice and it recommends banning the later.

Even though the manufacturer officially warns against human ingestion of Spice, it is sold in Europe and Canada on the internet and in “head shops” as a herbal high and a nicotine-free smoke, and even advertised as an “aromatic potpourri”.  An average 3-gram bag costs between 20-25 pounds ($32) and smokers can choose from flavours such as ‘diamond’, ‘tropical’ and ‘Arctic.’

It is usually smoked for its cannabis-like effects  and the manufacturers claim it contain a mixture of traditionally used medicinal herbs.  However when the product was analyzed by laboratories, the claimed plant ingredients could not always be detected, and instead there were large amounts of synthetic tocopherol (a synthetic cannabinoid drug) present. Other blends (via Wikipedia) have been found to contains other potent synthetic cannabinoid, such as JWH-018, CP 47,497 and HU-210.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) today published its recommendations, saying synthetic cannabinoids should be made illegal, and recommends  baning products with JWH-018 or CP-47,497.  But even if the government approves the ban it is likely to have little effect on the industry.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cannabinoids available, and within days any manufacturer could substitute the banned compound for a legal one, without any noticeable change to the product itself according to Sky News.


One Response to “UK Advisory Council recommends banning “legal highs” laced with synthetic cannabis”

  1. Bruno Marchal on August 13th, 2009 7:52 am

    The existence of hazardous products like Spice is due to the illegality of the original natural products. The best way to protect the young people against new drugs would consist in making cannabis and salvia divinorum legal and regulated, and to inform and educate the citizens.
    All the available independent studies on Cannabis and Salvia Divinorum shows that those products are less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, and far less dangerous than crack or heroin. To put cannabis and salvia in the same basket as crack and heroin would be totally irresponsible and would endanger a lot the population. Such irrationality can benefit only to, little and big, criminal organizations.

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