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Legal Highs

By Emma
Legal Highs

Some nifty dealers like to stay ahead of the game, offering something a little bit new. Cocaine chic is so passé; today’s narcotic of choice is the Legal High.

Legal Highs are, as the name suggests, a way of experiencing drugs whilst sidestepping the law. In short, they are products that have been chemically engineered to mimic the effects of Class A substances, but remain structurally distinct enough to avoid the illegal classification.

The legal loophole relates to how legal highs are sold. Technically, it is illegal to advertise legal highs as ‘suitable for human consumption’. It is for this reason that many are sold as ‘plant food’, ‘research chemicals’, ‘bath crystals’, and ‘pond cleaner’. 

Unfortunately, legal doesn’t necessary doesn’t mean safe. Many legal highs are just as dangerous as their illegal equivalents. Although the government is in the process of clamping down on the Legal High Trend, there are still hundreds of potentially dangerous chemicals available online.

Because they are largely untested, it’s hard to predict exactly how a specific product will make you feel. Generally speaking however, legal highs are classified as being uppers, downers, or hallucinogens.


Uppers are stimulants which mimic the euphoric effects of amphetamines and ecstasy, giving you a big rush.

Street names:

Diablo, Sparkle E, Blu E, Green Beans


Downers are designed to help you relax and chill out. They are usually sold as sleeping aids.

Street names:

Spaced, Lounge-e, Entropy


Hallucinogenic legal highs are chemically designed to mimic the effects of psychedelic drugs such as LSD.

Street names:

Salvia, Blottercaps, Kratom, Druid’s Fantasy

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