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New Psychoactive Substances (NPS): Synthetic Stimulants/Synthetic Cannabinoids


ISSUP is pleased to present a new webinar initiative – a series on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The First Webinar in the series is hosted by ISSUP Indonesia and focuses on ‘New Psychoactive Substances (NPS): Synthetic Stimulants/Synthetic Cannabinoids’.

Synthetic stimulants – cathinones, or also known as “Bath salts” (Alpha-PHP, 4-CMC, N-ethylhexedrone, other) mirror the same effects of illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. These synthetic chemicals in bath salts are very toxic and highly addictive. Their consumption is linked to increases in visits to emergency rooms and poison control centers (https://archives.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/bath-salts-emerging-danger).

Synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana,” “Spice,” “K2”) are various man made chemicals that some people may use as an alternative to marijuana. It is usually sold in ‘herbal’ smoking mixtures. Synthetic cannabinoids are more potent than natural cannabis, and, therefore, easier to use too much. This make the use of these products potentially very harmful and even life threatening.


‘Synthetic Stimulants’ – Aviv Weinstein, Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Science, The Isadore and Ruth Kastin Chair for Brain Research University of Ariel, Israel [00:01:40]

‘Synthetic Cannabinoids’ – Dr. Joe Pierre, Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, U.S. [00:21:20]

‘The Challenges in Diagnosing and Treating the Patient – Indonesia Perspective’ – Dr. Carla Lusikooy, Senior Psychiatrist in Jakarta Drug Dependence Hospital, Indonesia [00:41:05]

This Webinar was recorded on 27th May 2022.


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