Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

First multilingual overview of 'Spice' drugs raises new concerns

Date:
December 8, 2009
Source:
University of Hertfordshire
Summary:
Recent research into the availability of 'Spice' drugs online raises new concerns about its mood altering effects.

A paper to be published this month by University of Hertfordshire researchers about the availability of 'Spice' drugs online will raise new concerns about its mood altering effects.

'Spice' is a brand name for a herbal mix widely sold as an 'incense' or legal substitute for cannabis. It comes under a variety of names according to its 'flavours', such as 'Spice Diamond', 'Spice Gold', 'Spice Silver', 2Spicy', 'Spice of Life', etc, which according to users, are meant to produce subtly different effects.

The research paper, entitled "Psychoactive drug or mystical incense? Overview of the online available information on Spice products," of which Professor Fabrizio Schifano and Dr Ornella Corazza at the University's School of Pharmacy are lead authors, will be published in the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health this month.

The study carried out an eight-language qualitative assessment of information available on Spice products in a sample of about 200 web sites.

It reported that while Spice products appealed to online customers due to its cannabis -like effects, legal status, lack of detection in biological samples and ease of online access, typical online product descriptions of the drug did not mention its strong synthetic properties that seem to account for the psychoactive/hallucinogenic effects of Spice and similar herbal blends.

"Spice is sold as a legal substitute for cannabis and our study has identified a number of websites offering both information and purchase opportunities," said Professor Fabrizio. "Our concern is that very little is known about both human metabolism and toxicity of these compounds. We plan to use this study, the first multilingual review of Spice, to raise awareness among health professionals that the World Wide Web is a new resource for the drug and therefore more information is needed about its effects."

This study is part of a wider web mapping programme, the Psychonaut Web Mapping project, involving a European group of researchers based in seven European countries (UK, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Spain).


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Hertfordshire. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Hertfordshire. "First multilingual overview of 'Spice' drugs raises new concerns." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 December 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091206184438.htm>.
University of Hertfordshire. (2009, December 8). First multilingual overview of 'Spice' drugs raises new concerns. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091206184438.htm
University of Hertfordshire. "First multilingual overview of 'Spice' drugs raises new concerns." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091206184438.htm (accessed September 30, 2014).

Share This



More Mind & Brain News

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Do Video Games Trump Brain Training For Cognitive Boosts?

Do Video Games Trump Brain Training For Cognitive Boosts?

Newsy (Sep. 29, 2014) More and more studies are showing positive benefits to playing video games, but the jury is still out on brain training programs. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Your Spouse's Personality May Influence Your Earnings

Your Spouse's Personality May Influence Your Earnings

Newsy (Sep. 26, 2014) Research from Washington University suggest people with conscientious spouses have greater career success. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can A Blood Test Predict Psychosis Risk?

Can A Blood Test Predict Psychosis Risk?

Newsy (Sep. 26, 2014) Researchers say certain markers in the blood can predict risk of psychosis later in the life. The test can aid in early treatment for the condition. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Harpist Soothes Gorillas, Orangutans With Music

Harpist Soothes Gorillas, Orangutans With Music

AP (Sep. 25, 2014) Teri Tacheny, a harpist, has a loyal following of fans who appreciate her soothing music. Every month, gorillas, orangutans and monkeys amble down to hear her play at the Como Park Zoo in Minnesota. (Sept. 25) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins