Category Drugs and Addiction


What is Spice?

Spice is synthetic cannabinoid comprising of a combination of herbs laced with synthetic chemicals meant to mimic cannabis’s psychoactive substances.

It has a flaky texture, green in colour and is usually smoked.

It’s both strong and cheap, making it appealing to some of society’s most vulnerable groups, including the homeless.

What is Spice made of?

The chemicals used in the manufacture of spice were formulated by American chemist John Huffman during his studies of the impact of cannabis on the human brain. The production of synthetic compounds involved in the experiment led to the creation of a new compound, JWH-018.

Fast forward over two decades and most Spice sold on the streets doesn’t even contain JWH-018...

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