What is ‘Spice’ and what are its effects?
Saturday 13th August 2016 @ 14:34 by Nigel P.
Ashton Features News

The jury in the case of the murder of Daniel Smith heard that his attackers were high on a drug known as ‘Spice’ at the time of the killing.

Outlawed in the Psychoactive Substances Act of May 2016, but still legal when the murder took place, the court heard that the drug played a part in the Ashton man’s  tragic death.

Spice is one of the brand names for a group of drugs known as “Synthetic Cannabinoids”.

It appeared first in the early 2000’s marketed as “Herbal Incense” or “Herbal Smoking Blends”, the drug is usually made up of shredded plant material, which is sprayed or soaked with the synthetic cannabinoids.

Flavours such as blackcurrant, strawberry or coffee are added to give extra marketability.

Before being outlawed, the drug was pitched as a legal alternative to cannabis and was said to produce a similar high. Spice contains synthetic cannabinoids that work in a comparable way to those that naturally occur in marijuana, such as THC.

Whilst users report similar effects to those produced by marijuana, others also indicate side effects that can include extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.

The jury in the case of the Daniel Smith murder heard how a 16-year-old that helped the killers cover up their crime later told police that “I was spiced out of my mind”

Packets carried a “Not for human consumption warning” exploiting a legal loophole and were sold by ‘Head stores’ which mushroomed in towns and cities across the UK until they were outlawed by the recent legislation.

The trend was started by an eccentric Israeli chemist known as Dr Zee a self confessed modern day Alchemist.

Amsterdam based Dr Zee took known chemical compounds and re-arranged their molecular structures adding and subtracting electrons or introducing other chemicals to the compound to turn them into mind bending substances.

He is credited with introducing Mephedrone or Cat or Meow Meow into the UK and the despite the new ban on pshychoactive substances he hopes to evade the law yet again by introducting a substance that can be converted at home into a recreational drug by heating with acid.

The substance would then go through a converted coffee machine to create a powder that could be either snorted or taken orally.

Since the introduction of legal highs began at the beginning of the century up to 129 people are reported to have died  across the UK as a result of taking the products.

By Nigel Pivaro