Spice and similar synthetic cannabinoid products can be obtained very cheaply, making them a target of interest for homeless people and other marginalized groups – and that’s a cause for concern.
The laws of supply and demand rule the psychoactive substance market. Availability and price matter more than would be ideal, and many people choose their high based on the state of their finances. That’s particularly concerning when we are talking about the most vulnerable social groups, which often lack access to basic medical services, education and could suffer from the side effects of bad drugs even more than the average user. It appears that both legal and illegal cannabinoids are becoming a drug of choice for the lowest classes in Britain, simply because they are far cheaper than alcohol or marijuana.
Town of Blackpool provides a good sample for the phenomenon. This is a financially challenged community with a large number of citizens living below the poverty line. According to a recent news story, synthetic cannabis products such as Exodus Damnation or Spice are quickly replacing alcohol and heroin as the most common form of substance abuse in the poorest neighbourhoods. The math is very simple – one gram of Spice, as all synthetic products are generically called on the black market, costs only 10 to 15 pounds and it can get as many as 30 people intoxicated. Compared to the quantity of beer needed for the same number of people, that price is really low and it is no wonder a large percentage of street folks happily switched.
Legal shops may be one source of the cannabinoids in circulation, although hardly the only one. Some cannabinoids that have been outlawed in the UK can still be purchased quite easily, while many synthetic products in fact have more than one active component inside. Since the bans are obviously not working, perhaps an alternative solution should be sought for the issue before it gets out of hand. Limiting the hours when shops are open or offering free detox and counseling programs are some of the measures that could prove useful but certainly and without a doubt more education about these substances such as safe dosages, potential addiction and black market knock-offs should be made available to everyone and not the usual scare mongering advice which the government and some charity groups are spreading just now.
However, only a comprehensive solution that remedies economic hardship and eliminates homelessness could bring complete peace, since substance abuse among the disadvantaged has been a problem long before Spice or any drug considered a “Legal High” were around.
Harm Reduction: Spice or any synthetic cannabinoid should never be dosed as you would with cannabis, these products are often many times more potent per gram and unlike cannabis you can overdose on synthetic cannabinoids.
One gram can be good for more than ten doses and you should avoid mixing it with other substances including alcohol whenever possible.
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