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Research & Development Medical research, Cannabinoid analysis, Adverse effects

Dawn of the (Synthetic) Dope

Synthetic cannabinoids, such as “Spice” or “K2”, have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Over 150 synthetic cannabinoids are now known, each with differing potencies. These novel psychoactive substances bind to the same cannabinoid receptor as THC, but many do so with higher affinity and so result in stronger effects. The ‘zombie-like’ state that these compounds can induce when taken in large doses has become notorious.

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Matthew Hallam

I've always wanted a career in which I could practice my creativity, even when I worked on the assembly line in a fish factory. At one time, I channeled this need into dance, drawing, poetry and fiction, and I still do most of these things. But, following completion of my MSc(Res) in Translational Oncology and time working in labs and as a Medical Writer for major pharmaceutical companies, I'm happy to find myself in a career that allows me to combine my creative side with my scientific mind as the Deputy Editor of The Analytical Scientist.

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