New synthetic marijuana found to have serious health ramifications

AN ADDICTION expert has raised health warnings about so-called synthetic marijuana, which is being sold as Kronic, Purple Haze, Voodoo or Kaos.

The products give a “comparable high to their illegal counterparts”, claims a website selling them.

However, Professor Jon Currie, who directs the Department of Addiction Medicine at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, says he is now seeing one or two cases each week in emergency from people seeking treatment for injuries stemming from use of the synthetic drug.

Director of policy at the Australian Drug Foundation Geoff Munro said he had also been contacted by people worried about the effects of the drug, which included panic attacks.