Drug type: Synthetic Cannabinoid

What are Cannabinoids?

What is it? Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid, these are usually sold in 'herbal' smoking mixtures. The plant material has just been used to carry the synthetic drugs and does not normally contain any cannabis plant (it is sprayed on).

Are Synthetic Cannabinoids legal?

Legal status: A number of synthetic cannabinoids have been classified as Class B. And are therefore illegal to have, sell or give away. Possession of material containing controlled synthetic cannabinoids can result in up to 5 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying them could lead to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine. Synthetic

Cannabinoids effects & risks

How it can make you feel: Synthetic cannabinoids mimic the effects of THC and so the effects  are likely to be very similar to cannabis. Some people will feel happy and relaxed,or may get the giggles, feel hunger pangs and become very talkative. Others may feel ill or paranoid.

The risks: Cannabinoid effects vary because of the way that chemicals work, its likely that the harmful effects of synthetic cannabinoids like Spice, will be similar to those of THC in Cannabis. But there may also be risks from the plant material that is smoked too. It is documented that regular use of synthetic cannabinoids may increase the risk of developing psychotic problems such as schizophrenia.

Herbal smoking mixture image courtesy of The Home Office and Talk to Frank, Crown Copyright.