It looks like cannabis, it has cannabis in the name, but is synthetic cannabis really cannabis? James Robinson investigates the health effects of and policy responses to fake pot.
It was 2009. Adam Winstock, a London-based addiction psychiatrist and author of the Global Drugs Survey and Drugs Meter, walked into a coffee shop. Next to the fruit juices were little shiny silvery packs of something called Spice, a synthetic cannabis product. This was new to him.