Synthetic Cannabinoids: Variety is definitely not the spice of life

Alan Langford, Jennifer Bolton

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Although the past few years have seen a significant increase in the use of synthetic cannabinoids, very few fatalities have been reported whereby synthetic cannabinoids have contributed or were solely responsible for the death of an individual. We report a rapid death of an individual following ingestion of 5 F-PB-22 and 5 F-AKB-48. Case information and autopsy findings are presented. Post-mortem blood samples were obtained and 5 F-PB-22 and 5 F-AKB-48 were detected along with 311 mg/100 ml alcohol. The cause of death was certified as the effects of a combination of alcohol and synthetic cannabinoids (5 F-PB-22 and 5 F-AKB-48).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Early online date31 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


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