• Blog Stats

    • 75,067 hits
  • Archives

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 156 other followers

  • Copyright notice

    This blog entry and all other text on this blog is copyrighted, you are free to read it, discuss it with friends, co-workers and anyone else who will pay attention.

    If you want to cite this blog article or quote from it in a not for profit website or blog then please feel free to do so as long as you provide a link back to this blog article.

    If as a school teacher or university teacher you wish to use content from my blog for the education of students then you may do so as long as the teaching materials produced from my blogged writings are not distributed for profit to others. Also at University level I ask that you provide a link to my blog to the students.

    If you want to quote from this blog in an academic paper published in an academic journal then please contact me before you submit your paper to enable us to discuss the matter.

    If you wish to reuse my text in a way where you will be making a profit (however small) please contact me before you do so, and we can discuss the licensing of the content.

    If you want to contact me then please do so by e-mailing me at Chalmers University of Technology, I am quite easy to find there as I am the only person with the surname “foreman” working at Chalmers. An alternative method of contacting me is to leave a comment on a blog article. If you do not know which one to comment on then just pick one at random, please include your email in the comment so I can contact you.

Legal high, more like legal menace

Dear Reader,

It has come to my attention and that of Mr J. Kyle (Jeremy Kyle) that a series of rather nasty drugs have been offered for sale to the general public. These drugs of abuse are being sold as “research chemicals” to the general public, I would like to know why a member of the general public would want an exotic organic compound added to some incense for research experiments. I looked on line at one supplier of such “research chemicals“, for both legal reasons and public protection reasons I will not name the supplier. One partcularly nasty example of such a bogus research chemical is sold as exodus damnation, I looked up the chemical in question.

The supplier claims that their product contains two compounds which are close analouges of something which has been known for years to be a mimic of a set of cannabinoids originally made by John W. Huffman. For public safety reasons I will not name the two compounds.

I have read in Chemistry world that the UK goverment are proposing a law to deal more quickly with this modern scourge, the idea is create a new offense of ‘supplying a substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect’. A blanket ban will be imposed on the supply of such substances unless the substance is exempted in the law. For example coffee (caffine), beer (alcohol) and tobacco (nicotine) will be exempted in the proposed law.

We will have to want and see what happens, but it is safe to say that such a new law might well make it much harder for the sellers of legal highs to ply their disgusting trade. One problem I see with the proposed law is the sale of substances which are not intended for human consumption. Will the “not for human comsumption” be misused as a loophole for those who want to sell “legal highs” and also will the new law generate a new burden for the decent law abiding people who happen to need substances which happen to be psychoactive for industrial or lab uses. For example almost all NMR spectra are recorded in chloroform and many people doing metal anaylisis need nitrous oxide for AAS machines. We will have to see how the proposed law works out.

Advertisements

Go on, Have your say !

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: