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Synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic Cannabis is a man-made version of herbal cannabis. It is meant to mimic the effects of natural cannabis but this is not the case, the effects are known to be severe and even life-threatening more it can also be addictive and dangerous to your mental and physical health.
Synthetic cannabis comes falls into the category of Legal Highs or New Psychoactive Substances.

Street Names

Black Mamba

Mr Nice Guy


Exodus Damnation


Street Names

How is it made?

Synthetic Cannabis is made, not grown.
Chemicals (known as synthetic cannabinoids) are developed in a lab and mixed with acetone (nail polish remover) and sprayed onto dried herbs, in an effort to mimic the look of natural cannabis. These herbs are then dried out and packaged into bags, then sold. It is often marketed as herbal incense.

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How is it made

What is in it?

It is difficult to tell exactly what chemical is used to make synthetic cannabis, these chemicals are known as synthetic cannabinoids. 

Some of the chemicals that have been used in the past are:

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How is it used?

Synthetic cannabis is most commonly smoked in a joint with tobacco. It can also be smoked in a pipe, bong or bucket.
It is also possible to eat synthetic cannabis, but due to its potency, this can be very dangerous and can even cause death.

Synthetic chemicals can be  sprayed onto paper, cigarette skins, letters or blotting paper and smuggled into prisons for use.

What is in it?
How is it used?

Synthetic Cannabis and The Body

Users of synthetic cannabis report that it may make you feel the following:

  • Feelings of lightheadedness, dizziness, confusion and tiredness

  • Feeling excited, agitated and aggressive

  • Mood swings

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Tremors, seizures and fits

  • Fingers, toes or muscles feel numb and tingly

  • Excessive sweating

  • Anxiety and paranoia

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Memory problems and amnesia

  • Hot flushes

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure, which may cause chest pains and damage your heart and even cause a heart attack

  • Feelings of being happy, euphoric and relaxed

  • Hitting the giggles

  • Out of body experiences

  • Numbness and lack of care

  • Death

From the list above you will notice that there are more negative effects than there are positive. Using synthetic cannabis is dangerous and can even cause death.

If you are feeling unwell from using synthetic cannabis contact the emergency services.

Effects on the body


Synthetic cannabis is known to be much stronger and more harmful than natural cannabis. It is really hard to dose. If you do decide to try it, use much less than you would compared to natural herbal cannabis.


The Law

Synthetic Cannabis and all New Psychoactive Substances are banned under The Psychoactive Substances Act (2016).

It is illegal to give away or sell.


There is no penalty for possessing synthetic cannabis unless you are in prison.


Up to 7 years in prison.


Up to 7 years in prison.

Driving Offences
Like any drug, if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs you could receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence. Not to mention it is extremely dangerous to yourself and other road users.

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The Law

Harm Reduction

If you decide to use synthetic cannabis, think about the following harm reduction messages.

Harm Reduction
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