You may have seen ‘Annihilation’ in the news this week, but what is it and what effect can it have on you?

‘Annihilation’ is the brand name of a legal herbal smoking mixture, which testing has found contains the chemical MAM2201. This chemical is part a group of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids.

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemicals that mimic the effects of the main active compound in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol  (THC).

Synthetic cannabinoids, like cannabis, may make you feel happy, relaxed, give you the giggles or hunger pangs and either more talkative or drowsy.

On the flip side some people also experience paranoia, panic attacks or feel nauseous. Synthetic cannabinoids may be stronger than typical cannabis and have been reported to cause increased heart rate, unconsciousness, and numbness.

The product ‘Annihilation’ is sold in a sachet featuring an image of a mushroom cloud and is described as ‘herbal incense’.

Although ‘Annihilation’ is not illegal it does not mean it is safe as you can never be 100% sure, no matter where you buy it from, that it is what it claims to be or how it will effect you.

Last updated: 12th October 2012