Dangerous synthetic cannabis detected in Luxembourg

Traces of the synthetic ‘cannabinoids’ have been found in some marijuana Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health has just revealed.

The synthetic cannabinoids are more powerful than the natural equivalent which has already been associated with some deaths abroad explained Dr. Alain Origer, the national coordinator ‘drugs’ for Luxembourg.

The man-made, mind-altering chemicals are either sprayed on dried marijuana so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporised and inhaled in e-cigarettes or other devices.

In the United States, 11% of teens have already experienced synthetic cannabinoids, which is labelled “not for human consumption,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In New Hampshire alone, the substance caused 41 overdoses in 2 years.

“It’s a much more toxic molecule than natural cannabis,” says Dr. Alain Origer. “Its consumption can cause nausea, vomiting, cramping and loss of consciousness.”

The Ministry of Health therefore recommends that people who have used cannabis and who experience these symptoms or other unusual symptoms “immediately seek urgent medical assistance” and adds that medical confidentiality will be respected.

By 2016, a study revealed that 18% of young Luxembourgers aged 15 had already tried cannabis.

For further information, please contact the Ministry of Health at 247-85-625.

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