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Synnies, synthetic cannabis, Spice, Kronic

Often called synthetic cannabis, these substances typically consist of a smokable plant material with a synthetic cannabinoid applied to it. It's safest not to use synthetic cannabinoids at all. If you do, treat them with extreme caution to avoid an unpleasant experience, injury or death.

Synthetic cannabinoids are illegal, addictive and dangerous. Countless synthetic cannabinoids have been invented in the past 20 years. Examples found in New Zealand include 5F-ADB, AB-FUBINACA, AMB-FUBINACA and JWH-122. They target the cannabinoid receptors in the brain like cannabis, but can be more toxic. More than fifty New Zealanders are suspected of having died after using synthetic cannabinoids since mid 2017.

Synthetics crisis Did You Know - synthetics

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