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AKA Spice, Synthetic Cannabis

Mar 13

The Drug

Mamba is an illegal smoking mixture that contains a synthetic form of cannabis. It became illegal to sell (not possess) on 26 May. It is smoked in a spliff or a pipe and gives a very intense high, much stronger than normal cannabis (including skunk). It can give a short hallucinatory trip. It is not always pleasurable; many people can feel unwell after taking it.

The chemicals in Black Mamba and other synthetic cannabis substitutes are designed to copy the effects of THC, the main active ingredients in cannabis. The chemical is sprayed onto plant material which is then packaged and made to appear similar to bags of weed – in other words giving the false impression of a natural substance. It is also called spice.

Product names include Clockwork Orange, Herbal Haze, Annihilation


It is a powerful drug to smoke and the high is intense and trippy. It may only take one or two tokes to get the full effect. You will be unable to converse very easily. The peak of the high fades after 20-30 minutes. Some reports of vomiting and headaches. You may lose control over you limbs and feel dizzy. You may feel paranoid and there is a risk of panic attack.


There have been no studies carried out on Black Mamba so it is impossible to say what its harms are in the longer term. It appears to cause an intense intoxication, to the point where it is easy to take too much and overdose.

Any strong high will exacerbate any mental health problems. A trippy experience can also be very disturbing and you are vulnerable to self injury from falling over. People who have smoked it regularly report its highly addictive qualities. It appears considerably more harmful and addictive than actual cannabis.

Be Safe

It is important to remember it is a much stronger drug – it should not be treated like just another type of cannabis. It is not herbal but a chemical high.

Rolling a ‘normal’ spliff with mamba will be simply too much and probably cause you to have a bad reaction. Use tiny doses. Don’t smoke it every day. Don’t mix other drugs including alcohol.

The Law

Mamba is now illegal to supply or sell. Its supply was outlawed by the Psychoactive Substances Act on 26 May 2016. It is illegal to purchase and import from foreign websites.  If caught by the police they may make an arrest prior to testing. In December 2016 many spice substances became Class B drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act.