Synthetic cannabis deaths mainly caused by toxicity and CVD

Around half of the victims were men aged over 40, researchers find

Cardiovascular factors and toxicity are prominent among deaths from synthetic cannabinoids in Australia, researchers say.


Investigators warn synthetic cannabinoids are an “emerging clinical and public health concern”, with people thinking they are an alternative to cannabis whereas their effects more closely resemble those of psychostimulants.

A team from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Sydney has built the first national profile of synthetic cannabinoid-related deaths, reviewing all 55 cases identified in the National