High Tech

Might Want to Check On Your Synthetic Cannabis. It’s Mutating.

Prepare your moral panic engines for mutant fake weed.

Half fake baked

Consumers interested in experimenting with the legally “murky” world of synthetic drugs typically have two options, says MindHack: synthetic cannabinoids (vegetable fibers or plant leaves sprayed with manufactured chemicals that mimic the effect of weed) or stimulants like bath salts (made from synthetic cathinone.)

However, a new study on synthetic cannabinoids from Forensic Science International found a sample that contained both an untested type of synthetic cannabinoid and a “cathinone derivative.” What’s more, researchers found that a chemical reaction between those substances created “an unknown compound.”

According to the abstract:

It is of interest that the product of a reaction between two different types of designer drugs, namely, a cannabinoid-related designer drug and a cathinone-type designer drug, was found in one illegal product.

MindHack puts it in plainer terms:

“In other words, while the makers intended to put both a cannabinoid and a stimulant in the same product, they probably never knew that the substances had chemically combined to produce a hybrid compound with completely unknown properties.

The legal high market is becoming an informal opt-in drug-testing experiment with paying subjects.”

Just remember, kids: side effects may vary.

(h/t Digg via @Mims)

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