Possession of Class B drugs
can result in 5 years in prison plus unlimited fine.
Possession with intent to
supply can result in 14 years plus unlimited fine.
Sulphate) is a Class B stimulant drug. First synthized in 1883, it was
originally used to make soldiers more alert and aggressive. It also
suppresses appetite and can result in insomnia. It can come in pill
form, but is normally a yellow, pink or grey powder. It is usually
mixed with other substances to maximize profits.
Cannabis Resin- many people
are confused as to the legal position of cannabis, and this has not
been helped by the mixed messages that government action has been
sending out over the past few years. Initially Class B under the 1971
Misuse of Drugs Act, it was reclassified in Jan 2004 as a Class C.
However despite advice from the ACMD and other leading experts in the
drugs field, the government reclassified it as a B again from January
Cannabis causes users to
fell high, and in many cases they can become drowsy, giggly and seem
to be thinking and talking more slowly, often talking nonsense and
finding silly things far funnier than they really are. This condition
is known as being "stoned".
Cannabis is normally smoked
with tobacco in a joint or a pipe, or the smoke inhaled through bongs
or other techniques such as Hot Knifing or Buckets. It is occasionally
cooked into other foodstuffs and eaten, although this means that the
user is less able to control the amount of cannabis they take into
their body and cannot stop ingesting if they feel they are having too
Cannabis use has been
linked to mental health issues in some people, although whether as a
cause or as a trigger has yet to be comprehensively established. It
has been linked to depression, mood swing and in rare cases Cannabis
Induced Psychosis which has resulted in violent behaviour.
Recent reports have
indicated an increase in the use of "Skunk" which is a
specially cultivated form of cannabis that is generally regarded as
more potent that resin. The vast majority of cannabis used in the UK
is now grown in the country, with as little as 5% now coming from
abroad, which is a massive change in the way cannabis is originated.
It is a depressant drug and
is also known as blow, grass, weed, ganja, dope, marijuana and many
is probably the most well known of the cathinone derived sythetic
stimulants often called "legal highs" even though many of
the substances are controlled, and most fall into Class B.
well as mephedrone, there are substances like arlone (methylone),
methadrone (not to be confused with opiate substitute
methadone), MDPV, methedrone, naphyrone (NRG-1), MDAI, MMAI,
Lignocaine, BZP and many more.
products are made in factories and often labelled "research
chemicals" and 2not for human consumption"- this was a loop
hole that ensured they did not come under the Misuse oif Drugs Act or
other related legisaltion.
because a substance is labelled "Plant Food" or "Bath
Salts" does not mean that it will be any use for that purpose- it
is simply a way of getting around the controls put in place.
was linked to a number of fatalities and caused quite a media storm,
and while some of the effects seemed to be exaggerated, there is still
concern around the safety of the substance, in particular in relation
to its comedowns, its "more-ish" nature and possible
vasoconstriction which can result in limbs and joints turning blue.
While it is easy to dismiss media scare stories as just that, many
experienced recreational users of other substances refuse to use it.
was made a Class B in April 2010 along with MDPV and other analoges.
Naphyrone and its related substances became Class B in July 2010. It
should be noted however that as more new labels are applied to
substances, users may think they are in possession of a legal
substance which could turn out to be illegal- while naphyrone was
still legal, a number of products that were labelled NRG-1 or
containing it turned out to be mephedrone and MDPV, which could have
landed a user in serious trouble. Users are basically depenedent on
the honesty and knowledge of the seller and this could have potential
stimulants tend to start working, depending on how they are taken, in
between 10 and 40 mins. Effects can last up to an hour, although if a
user is redosing, this can be difficult to measure and may last
longer. They have a similar effect to cocaine, speed ands ecstasy and
can create a loved up feeling, although some of the substances are
more trippy than others.
well as blue fingers, users have reported headaches, palpitations and
irregular heart beat. Others have also referred to feeling hot and
cold in different parts of their bodies. Their sweat and urine may
have a strong chemical smell. The crash can be very miserable and
drawn out, and many users have reported that as the reason they would
not use again. The stimulants can impact on the users ability to sleep
which means an even more miserable comedown since there is no chance
to sleep through it.
is known about the long term effects of these substances, and there
are many differnet types being produced world wide- synthetic
substances could possibly reshape how drugs trends develop in a way
not seen since ecstasy.
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