'Legal highs' are also known as 'club drugs', 'research chemicals', 'designer drugs' or 'new/novel psychoactive substances.'
These new drugs are created by making minor tweaks at a molecular level to common illegal drugs like cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and speed, so they mimic their effects.
For example, methiopropamine (occasionally - but not reliably - found in some 'legal high' products including 'Poke') has a very similar chemical structure to methamphetamine (aka crystal meth).
One new drug a week
The 'legal high' industry moves fast – around one new drug is produced every week.
When one drug is banned, there’s another to take its place.
This process has been going on for about 100 years – the difference now is that the internet has created a global drug marketplace.
No safety testing
These drugs are produced well outside of the standard rules and regulations – so there are massive variations in quality.
Most medications are subjected to long studies and 'safety testing'. This is not the case with 'legal highs', so nobody knows the short-term or long-term risks. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you avoid trying these untested drugs.
You may see 'legal highs' sold in packets marked 'not for human consumption' and/or 'plant food', 'room incense' or 'bath salts'. This is to get around the fact that it’s technically illegal to sell them for human consumption. Back to top