What are the effects of synthetic cannabinoids?
Synthetic cannabinoids act like THC, the active substance in natural cannabis, but are often more potent, so it's easier to use too much and experience unpleasant and harmful effects.
Typical effects include:
- Feelings of being happy, euphoric and relaxed with some people gettings the giggles, feeling hunger pangs and become very talkative, while others get more drowsy.
- Mood and perception can change and concentration and co-ordination may become difficult. Synthetic cannabinoids, possibly because of their potency, are more likely to be associated with hallucinations than natural cannabis.
- Some will have quite bad reactions, such as paranoia, panic attacks and forgetfulness.