The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has joined 16 states in banning “fake pot” substances, which use chemicals to replicate the effects of marijuana. Those substances had been in a legal limbo, with many states lacking laws to deal with them, says NPR. DEA says the chemicals have provoked reactions that include seizures and hallucinations, and that they pose a threat to public health and safety.
The five federally banned substances drug agency are JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol. Clemson University chemistry Prof. John Huffman helped to create one of the first and most famous of the cannabinoids in the 1990s, when he was conducting research on possible medical applications of marijuana. Despite the the new ban, it seems likely that some manufacturers will try to adapt their formulas so they include cannabinoid chemicals other than the five banned this week.