What Do ‘Legal Highs’ Look Like?

What do they look like?

They can come in various forms, including powders or fine crystals, as seen in the case of Mephedrone, Ethylphenidate, or as a form of vegetable matter that has been laced with chemicals, as seen in the case of synthetic cannabinoids. They can sometimes be sold in brightly coloured foil packaging, in see-through plastic bags, or wrapped in paper.

They generally fall into the three broad categories of stimulants, sedatives or psychedelics:

Stimulants

Similar effects to speed, cocaine or ecstasy. They give you a ‘buzz’- you might feel full of energy and confidence if you take them. But they can also make you experience:

Paranoia > Confusion > Hallucinations > Delusions > Low Mood

Sedatives

Mimic the effects of cannabis, diazepam or GHB/GBL. You can feel relaxed, giggly and reduce your inhibitions. But bad effects include:

Feeling Sleepy > Losing Concentration > Forgetfulness > Slow Reactions

Psychedelics

Similar reactions to LSD, magic mushrooms or ketamine. You can feel warm, euphoric and spiritual, but also risk experiencing:

Confusion > Panic > Hallucinations > Bad Judgements > Erratic Behaviour

So Called ‘Legal Highs’ have been linked with a number of deaths, including suicides, both in Jersey and the UK.

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