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:
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
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
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