Synthetic cannabinoids – be careful out there!

You may already be aware through the media that there have been a number of deaths and multiple presentations to the ED’s across Auckland thought to be due to synthetic cannabis.

If you or anyone takes a substance and become acutely unwell, dial 111 and request an urgent ambulance.

Synthetic cannabinoids are much  more potent (strong) than natural cannabis (up to 20 times). They also act on the brain’s chemical signalling system more directly than natural cannabis (block brain receptors fully versus only partially). This means that their effects are way more stronger.

The recent deaths and presentations may be the result of some new super potent synthetic cannabinoid or the substance may be laced with other unknown chemicals . Alternatively it could be some completely unrelated substance or poison that is being sold as a ‘Synthetic’.

Be careful out there. Is it worth poisoning yourself (to death) just to get high?

If you or anyone takes a substance and become acutely unwell, dial 111 and request an urgent ambulance.

CADS Youth Service has lots of experience with helping people to detox and stop using synthetic cannabis (and natural cannabis). Refer yourself or your young person if you want more info or help.