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THC vape warning

Greater Manchester Drug Early Warning System – 12th July 2019

THC is a chemical found in the cannabis plant and the main chemical responsible for the cannabis ‘high’. Neither samples tested contained THC, nor any other chemicals found in cannabis. Both samples contained commercially produced flavoured e-liquid into which a small amount of a synthetic cannabinoid had been added. Synthetic cannabinoids are the laboratory-made chemicals found in ‘Spice’.

The liquids varied in colour and the smell appears to be from the commercial e-liquid used. It is unknown how wide-spread the mis-selling of ‘THC/Cannabis vape liquid’ containing a synthetic cannabinoid is.

Tests conducted on samples sent into the Welsh drug testing system sold as ‘Cannabis vape juice’ or ‘THC Liquid’ have also contained a synthetic cannabinoid. One of these samples came from the Rochdale area.

Since the start of the year there have been a dozen or so reports of incidents in schools and amongst school age children in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham involving substances that were sold as either ‘THC vape’/‘THC vape pens’/‘THC oil’ or ‘cannabis oil’.

The reports usually indicate the substance was vaped in an electronic-cigarette device. Some of these incidents have led to pupils collapsing and to ambulances being called.

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