Journal article

Risk of emergency medical treatment following consumption of cannabis or synthetic cannabinoids in a large global sample

Adam Winstock, Michael Lynskey, Rohan Borschmann, Jon Waldron

Journal of Psychopharmacology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) have become increasingly popular in recent years. Diverse in chemical structure, many have been subjected to legislative regulation, but their availability and use persists. Often marketed to reflect their similar effects to cannabis, their use has been associated with a range of negative health effects. We sought to determine the relative risk of seeking emergency medical treatment (EMT) following use of SCs and natural cannabis. METHODS: We utilized an anonymous online survey of drug use, obtaining data from 22,289 respondents. We calculated the relative risk of seeking EMT between the two substances using an estimate for days used in the past year...

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