Christchurch police are about to launch a campaign against the sale of synthetic cannabis, but shop owners who already stock the legal high say the crackdown won’t stop them from selling it.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne today congratulated Christchurch police on their campaign against legal high retailers in their communities.
Mr Dunne said he was particularly impressed by the decision to put posters in dairies not selling legal highs declaring that those businesses care about the young people in their community.
The long term effects of synthetic cannabis have not been studied as a whole, however synthetic cannabis products have been on the market for more than ten years with no major long term effects reported. Synthetic Cannabinoids were originally developed by American pharmaceutical companies as anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-anxiety and pain releiving agents, so they may actually PROTECT against cancer. However no manufacturers make any therapeutic claims on any of their legal highs products.
Anxiety and panic attacks from smoking blends and herbal incense such as K2 or Tai High is not un-common for “inexperienced users” that are smoking synthetic incense for the first time. Some people may also experience mild anxiety or panic attacks if they smoke too much Tai High or K2 in a very short period of time.