Synthetic drugs are designed to mimic established illicit drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD. They come in the form of powders, pills, and dried herbs that have been mixed with man-made chemicals. These drugs often come in branded packages, and are sold online and through adult stores and some tobacconists.
Given how rapidly the chemical structures of these drugs change to try and stay ahead of the law, it’s difficult to know the common effects of them and what dose causes certain effects. However, there is increasing evidence that synthetic cannabis is actually more harmful than cannabis.
There have also been a number of reported deaths from NBOMes, which are sold as synthetic LSD and are sometimes included in ecstasy pills.
The laws surrounding synthetic drugs are complex and differ between states and territories and also federal laws. These laws are also constantly changing, so a drug that was legal to possess yesterday, could be banned tomorrow.