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Synnies, synthetic cannabis, Spice, Chronic

Often called synthetic cannabis, these substances typically consist of a smokable plant material with a synthetic cannabinoid applied to it. The liquid form can be used in a vaporisor.

There are hundreds of synthetic cannabinoids, all invented in the past 20 years. They target the cannabinoid receptors in the brain like cannabis. However these substances are more risky than cannabis. There have been no approved synthetic cannabinoids under the Psychoactive Substances Act since 2014. Since mid 2017, there were at least 45 deaths attributed to synthetic cannabinoids in New Zealand. Cannabinoids identified in New Zealand include 5F-ADB, AB-FUBINACA, AMB-FUBINACA and JWH-122.

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