Legal Highs Making The Drug War Obsolete

Abnormal Cannabidiol StructureVia Mind Hacks:

If you want any evidence that drugs have won the drug war, you just need to read the scientific studies on legal highs.

If you’re not keeping track of the ‘legal high’ scene it’s important to remember that the first examples, synthetic cannabinoids sold as ‘Spice’ and ‘K2′ incense, were only detected in 2009.

Shortly after amphetamine-a-like stimulant drugs, largely based on variations on pipradrol and the cathinones appeared, and now ketamine-like drugs such as methoxetamine have become widespread.

Since 1997, 150 new psychoactive substances were reported. Almost a third of those appeared in 2010.

Last year, the US government banned several of these drugs although the effect has been minimal as the legal high laboratories have over-run the trenches of the drug warriors…

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6 Comments on "Legal Highs Making The Drug War Obsolete"

  1.  Not sure what to think about this article.

    I like the premise and it seems to be written by a trained psychologist, but I wonder about his understanding of the “Legal High” scene in the United States.

    “the first examples, synthetic cannabinoids sold as ‘Spice’ and ‘K2′ incense, were only detected in 2009”

    The first big analog drug scandal in the US that I can recall involved MPPP, and that broke in the early to mid 1980’s which led to the Analog act of 1986.

    Ever since then, the Feds have been playing Whack-A-Mole with a whole host of “research chemicals”.

    One which they’ve slowly been losing for about 2 decades now.

  2. mole_face | May 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm |

    I’ve suspected for years that the government is behind the legal high scene, and that they’re using it as a testing ground for a more libertarian drug policy. Almost nothing has been done to stop these drugs on a federal level, and the rise of this scene also happened to coincide with the sudden liberal attitude towards weed that has been prevalent in the media over the last few years. This confluence of factors is why I suspect that we’ll see some sort of widespread semi-legalization of marijuana in the next decade.

    If people in high places AREN’T behind the legal high scene, they’re idiots – manufacturers of recreational “research chemicals” are able to charge the same as the street price for similar illegal drugs, but their product costs very little to produce. I’ve read estimates that a bag of synthetic pot contains pennies worth of the actual synthetic cannabinoids.

    The availability of legal synthetic cannabinoids is also another great reason to legalize pot – millions of people are turning to untested synthetic chemicals just because prohibition makes it difficult for them to get the one that’s harmless. Any of these chemicals could easily turn out to be highly carcinogenic or outright toxic.

    • MoralDrift | May 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm |

      pretty interesting theory….it seems like it could be plausible. But I have seen in some ways the opposite effect; that news media is now able to paint pot as dangerous again because of its rather weak connection to this research chemical that really is not all that similar to smoking pot.

  3. Perhaps the reason they’re so good at flying below the radar is that they do very, very little harm, and are generally (except when in the hands of the exceptionally stupid) relatively undetectable.  It’s startling how much less of a problem drugs are when you don’t have people dropping left and right from contaminated substances, or by overdosing due to unknown purity.  Glad to see the forces of Good and Light are continuing to win this absurd war.

  4. never having tried these synthetic alternatives, i’d like to hear from people who have and whether they’re any good?!
    the word on the grapevine is that most if not all are complete rubbish… anyone?

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | May 22, 2012 at 10:20 am |

      Some of the JWH synthetic cannibinoids were really strong back before there was a blanket ban on them. People tended to freak out a bit on it when we used to use them, some compounds were too weak while others were too strong. To sum up, stick with the herb, It has proven medicinal benefits and has been used for thousands of years. Who knows what the health risks are for the under-researched synthetic stuff. Peace.

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