Synthetic ‘legal’ marijuana banned by the FDA

March 2, 2011, 9:41 pm

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) yesterday published a Final Order prohibiting the sale and possession of 5 research chemicals used to manufacture so-called “synthetic legal marijuana”. These products, often sold as incense and bearing the caveat “not for human consumption”, are now considered Schedule I substances. The DEA acted under its emergency scheduling authority, and the ban will be in place for a least a year while further studies are conducted.

In the Final Order, the FDA cited signs and symptoms reported to be caused by “fake pot”: seizures, anxiety attacks, tachycardia, hypertension, vomiting, and altered mental status.

GThe 5 substances covered by the ban are: JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47497, and cannabicyclohexanol.

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