SYNTHETIC cannabis substitutes like Spice and Black Mamba are turning people into “zombies” across the country as emergency services struggle to cope with the epidemic and the devastating effects of the drugs.
The substances are wreaking havoc on the streets and in Britain’s prisons, with lags reportedly smuggling it into their cells. Here’s what we know about the dangerous substances…
The synthetic form of cannabis has been sweeping the country What is Spice?
Spice was invented accidentally by an organic chemist called John Huffmann at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA.
Huffmann was searching for a new way of developing anti-inflammatory medication which happened to involve the creation of hundreds of synthetic types of cannabis including one called JWH-018.
The boffin declared the substance not fit for human consumption in 2006, but it began to surface on websites two years later around the same time mephedrone or “M-cat” was becoming popular.
Neither substances were advertised as drugs but instead as a form of incense or plant fertiliser.
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