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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2009) EMCDDA 2009 Thematic paper: Understanding the 'Spice' phenomenon. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

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Smokable herbal mixtures under the brand name 'Spice' are known to have been sold on the Internet and in various specialised shops since at least 2006 and anecdotal reports suggest that those products may have been available as early as 2004.

Although advertised as an 'exotic incense blend which releases a rich aroma' and 'not for human consumption', when smoked, Spice products have been reported by some users to have effects similar to those of cannabis.

Table of contents

* Introduction and background
* Herbal components of Spice products
* Cannabinoid receptor agonists: a brief chemical overview
* Forensic identification, pharmacology and toxicology of JWH-018, CP 47,497 and their alkyl homologs
* EMCDDA survey
* Internet information
* Control measures
* Conclusions


Date:5 November 2009
Pages:34 p..
Publisher:Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
ISBN:978-92-9168-411-3
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Cannabis product (synthetic cannabinoids)
B Drugs and alcohol substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
VA Geographic area > Europe
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Marketing and public relations (advertising) > Internet retailing (online sales)

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