'Spice' drugs easily available for youngsters

By chillinwill · Sep 18, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Two University of Hertfordshire academics will release new evidence about the dangers of 'Spice' drugs today at the first International Psychonaut Web Mapping Conference in Ancona, Italy.

    Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Ornella Corazza from the University's School of Pharmacy will describe the pharmacological aspects of novel drugs of abuse and provide an overview of 'Spice' drugs at the conference which takes place as a result of a two-year European Commission-funded study to implement a regular monitoring of the World Wide Web in respect to novel recreational drugs.

    'Spice' is a brand name for a herbal mix widely sold as an 'incense' or legal substitute for cannabis. It comes under a variety of names according to its 'flavours', such as 'Spice Diamond', 'Spice Gold', 'Spice Silver', 2Spicy', 'Spice of Life', etc, which according to users, are meant to produce subtly different effects.

    According to initial results of the Psychonaut Web Mapping study on Spice carried out by Dr Corazza, the drug is accessible to children and young people, as there are no or very limited controls on any of the websites selling the drug.

    This coupled with the fact that most of the new psychoactive compounds, including Spice, are unknown to health professionals, and very little information is available on the international medical database, monitoring of information about it on the Web is crucial.

    "These results are alarming, particularly as Spice drugs are among the "three legal highs" that the Home Secretary, Alan Johnson has said will be banned by the end of the year," said Dr Corazza. "It seems that legal restrictions and bans cannot be the only answer to the rapid diffusion of the new psychoactive compounds, which are much wider and more rooted in society."

    Professor Schifano, who has carried out extensive research into deaths from drug abuse and the link between the availability of these drugs on the Web, will also reveal new evidence about the potential of misuse of some well-known prescribing drugs.

    18. September 2009
    The Medical News

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  1. Synchronium
    These guys obviously did their research...
  2. honourableone
    Every article I have seen makes mistakes like that (e.g. "Spice Genie" etc.), and avoids properly describing the situation by using the hype word "Spice" as a name for all of the blends.
  3. Sven99
    I would imagine that the companies making these products have seen the writing on the wall, and already started developing alternatives.

    I can imagine it now. The spice ban comes into effect, but the spice stays on the shelves. The Police seize a shipment and move to prosecute a supplier, but the tests come back negative for the newly controlled substances.

    "JWH-018?" A spokesman for the Psyche-deli says innocently? "We stopped using that months ago"
  4. honourableone
    If you are talking about the UK ban, then it covers all cannabinoid agonists in existance (and some that haven't been made yet).
  5. Sven99
    Got a reference for that?
  6. Alfa
    See the AMCD report on spice, which is available in the archive, under research chemicals / cannabinoids.
    The report is about ' spice drugs' as a category. Not as a specific brand. They will all be gone. Including many that have never seen the light of day.
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