Acute intoxication caused by synthetic cannabinoids 5F-ADB and MMB-2201: A case series

Bernardino Barceló, Simona Pichini, Victoria López-Corominas, Isabel Gomila, Christopher Yates, Francesco Paolo Busardò, Manuela Pellegrini

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Abstract

Synthetic cannabinoids are relatively new substances of abuse. Recently, abuse of synthetic cannabinoids has been increasingly reported in the lay press and medical literature. When new compounds are introduced, their use is initially not restricted by prohibition therefore their consumption cannot be verified by standard drug tests. The use of these compounds among adolescents and young adults is constantly growing, making it important for emergency services to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of intoxication present. Overdose and chronic use of these substances can cause adverse effects including altered mental status, tachycardia, and loss of consciousness. Here, we report five cases of acute intoxication by synthetic cannabinoids 5F-ADB and MMB-2201 with analytical confirmation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e10-e14
JournalForensic Science International
Volume273
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • 5F-ADB
  • MMB-2201
  • Synthetic cannabinoids
  • Urine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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