Understanding the 'Spice' Phenomenon

Thematic Papers

About the Course:

Understanding the ‘Spice’ Phenomenon: Thematic Papers reflects the situation as of the first trimester of 2009 and is intended to provide insight and, as far as possible, evidence-based answers to the following questions: What do we know about the nature, availability, and use of ‘Spice’ products? What do we know about synthetic cannabinoids found in ‘Spice’ products? Why did it take such a long time to establish the psychoactive principles in the ‘Spice’ products? Are these products dangerous for the consumer? Is there a specific demand and will the market of non-scheduled synthetic (designer) cannabinoids with a THC-mode of action continue to develop? Where are the synthetic cannabinoids produced, and how are they added to the herbal products?

Journal/Publisher:

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Publication Date:

November, 2009

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and
social workers who seek knowledge about understanding the ‘Spice’ phenomenon. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the ‘Spice’ phenomenon.

  2. Describe the herbal components of ‘Spice’ products and synthetic cannabinoids receptor agonists as well as the forensic identification, pharmacology, and toxicology of synthetic cannabinoids.

  3. Recognize the rationale, methodology, and results of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) survey and the EMCDDA annual snapshot study to identify the developments in the online drug market in addition to the control measures of ‘Spice’ and ‘Spice-like’ products by the UN drug control conventions.

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