Curbs afoot as narcotic quasi-legal herbs slip through regulatory cracks
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Aug 07
The use of "dappo habu" (quasi-legal herbs) that are dried and mixed with stimulants to make narcotics is spreading, and many people are ending up in hospitals for drug poisoning.
Some people under the influence of the herbs, which are often smoked, have even caused traffic accidents.
Some of the quasi-legal herbs contain synthetic cannabinoid, a chemical substance that is similar to cannabis but more harmful, according to Masahiko Funada, who heads a group of researchers on addictive drugs at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry in Tokyo.
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