Serious synthetic cannabinoids harm in Christchurch linked to 4F-MDMB-BINACA and MDMB-4en-PINACA
- Synthetic Cannabinoids
A dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids is currently present in Christchurch in February 2021.
How to identify the drug
- Usually described as a white, off-white or yellow brown powder.
- Usually sprayed onto dehydrated plant material and smoked.
- It can also be vaped or consumed orally.
- Appearance and effects can vary among synthetic cannabinoids.
26 February 2021
This notification is to advise of a dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids currently present in Christchurch, which has been possibly linked to at least one death. The synthetic cannabinoids involved are 4F-MDMB-BINACA and MDMB-4en-PINACA.
While no drug use is the safest drug use, High Alert recommends extreme caution consuming synthetic cannabinoids, especially in Christchurch at this time. High Alert is also currently investigating further synthetic cannabinoid related incidents in the Christchurch area. We will update on this when more information becomes available.
MDMB-4en-PINACA is an analogue of 5F-ADB which, along with AMB-FUBINACA, was responsible for the majority of synthetic cannabinoid related deaths in 2017/2018. High Alert has recently issued two notifications for MDMB-4en-PINACA, concerning its detection at the border and a spate of synthetic cannabinoid related harm in Taranaki. Since then it has been associated with a number of hospitalisations across New Zealand.
MDMB-4en-PINACA has been responsible for a number of deaths overseas, and it is believed to be the one of the most dangerous synthetic cannabinoids currently in circulation.