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Synthetic cannabinoids


Synthetic cannabinoids are drugs that mimic the effects of cannabis by acting on the same receptors in the brain that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) targets. They first appeared in the early 2000s and are produced by spraying synthetic cannabinoids onto a blend of plant material. There is a large and complex variety of products, as the synthetic cannabinoids used in the preparations are being continuously substituted by ‘legal’ alternatives.

Often marketed as herbal incense, herbal smoking blends, or research chemicals they are commonly purchased online or in head shops. Sold under a variety of generic brand names including K2, K9, Cloud Nine, and Spice, their contents and drug purity are often unknown.



Rolled into a cigarette or joint with tobacco and smoked. It can also be smoked without tobacco using a bong.

  • Tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Somnolence
  • Dilated pupils
  • Respiratory depression
  • Acute anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Memory changes

Little information as relatively new to the drugs scene:

  • Reported increased risk of psychosis
  • Cognitive impairment
Synthetic cannabis packet


Molecular structure of AM-2201

Street Names

spice, black mamba, exodus damnation, x, tai high hawaiian haze, mary joy, ecsess, devil's weed, clockwork orange, bombay blue extreme, blue cheese, annihilation, amsterdam gold

Legal Status

Class B Substance

Possession of the drug can lead to up to five years in jail, an unlimited fine or both. Supplying the drug can lead to up to 14 years in jail, an unlimited fine or both.

For more information about drug classifications and the associated penalties visit the Home Office website.