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Synnies, synthetic cannabis, Spice, Kronic

Synthetic cannabinoids are substances most often applied to smokable plant material. The finished product is sometimes called synthetic cannabis or synnies. It's safest not to use synthetic cannabinoids at all or if you do, you should 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 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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