The legal high industry goes pro

Now this is where it gets interesting because the researchers note that a new product appeared on the market, containing JWH-073 – another synthetic cannabinoid, within four weeks of the ban. JWH-073 has similar similar effects, but isn’t covered by the law and so remains legal.

The speed at which it appeared suggests that it had been selected and synthesised in advance, in anticipation of the ban [...]

In other words, the legal high industry is packing neuroscientists and heavyweight lab pharmacologists. It is no longer just head-shop hippies repackaging obscure psychoactive and barely recreational plants as a poor substitute for street drugs. The legal high industry has become professionalised.

Seemingly based on the model of the pharmaceutical industry, it is becoming science-led, regulation savvy and is out-manoeuvring the authorities well before they catch up.

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  1. Interesting. I’ve used some of these sythetic cannaboid legal highs. They aren’t quite the same creature as a blunt full of your brother’s home-grown (not as good, often) but they’ll do at a pinch. They’re pretty big in Ireland at the moment and, I’d imagine, in any country where there isn’t enough sunlight to grow good weed easily.
    In a world less muddied by narco-militarism and a covert mass adddiction to ill-gotten gains, a legislator might be given to wonder why so many smart people work so hard to get high legally. Why would smart people be so determined to either break or outwit the law?

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