We have heard from organisations we work with local to Hertfordshire that the use of Spice [synthetic cannabis] is on the rise. Last year legal highs were linked to more than 100 deaths in the UK and a rise in violent assaults in prison, and were banned last year. Some synthetic cannabinoids are 100X stronger than cannabis, and side effects may include high blood pressure, blurred vision, heart attack, vomiting, seizures, hallucinations, psychosis, severe anxiety and paranoia.
Spice is made from laboratory-made psychoactive chemicals sprayed on dried plant materials and herbs, but is often marketed as a ‘natural’ product. Synthetic cannabis is now known to be very dangerous and highly addictive, and the Living Room is doing what we can to high-light this risk to the local community.