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Synthetic cannabinoids

Chemicals designed to act like the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis

Also called:

  • Amsterdam Gold
  • Annihilation
  • Black Mamba
  • Blue Cheese
  • Bombay Blue Extreme
  • Clockwork Orange
  • Devil's Weed
  • Ecsess
  • Exodus Damnation
  • K2
  • Mary Joy
  • Spice
  • Tai High Hawaiian Haze
  • X

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Happy, relaxed, talkative and/or anxious, paranoid, sedated.
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Effects on your body
Effects are similar to cannabis but stronger. Side effects can include nausea and mood swings. Also, sweating and tingly feelings in fingers and toes. Loss of muscle coordination.
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How long it takes to work
Usually smoked so pretty immediate. Slower if swallowed. (Read more)
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How long the effects last
Varies from about 1 to 6 hours depending on the specific chemical.
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Common risks
Easy to want more and take larger doses. Mental health can get worse. Psychotic episodes can be triggered, usually in those already susceptible, and last for weeks.
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Mixing drugs
Mixing drugs is always risky but some mixtures are more dangerous than others.
Read more about mixing with other drugs

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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency