Black Mamba, also known as the zombie drug, is a man-made drug of altering chemicals that are sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes. While this was originally a Class B drug in 2013 as a legal high, the deadly effects from Black Mamba caused it to be outlawed in 2016 because of the Psychoactive Substances Act. More people need to be aware that Black Mamba is more powerful than marijuana and cause dangerous consequences if not treated.
The only thing natural about Black Mamba is the dried plant materials as the cannabinoid compounds were created in a lab. They used to be easy to buy in paraphernalia shops, novelty stores, gas stations, and through the Internet. Now they are illegal to buy, sell, or possess. Many young people would do Black Mamba for thinking it is natural and harmless and standard drug tests would not easily detect the chemicals.
The effects of Black Mamba can be like marijuana where you feel relaxation, elevated mood, altered perception, and psychosis. There is also psychological effects like confusion, paranoia, extreme anxiety, hallucinations and extreme effects like vomiting, rapid heart beat, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts. Black Mamba can raise your blood pressure and reduce blood supply as well as kidney damage and seizures. The effects can be unpredictable.
Daily Mail says a 13 year-old Jamie Poulton from Lincoln became addicted to Black Mamba to help him deal with his ADHD. He would buy this drug on the streets and smoke every day until he passed out. Poulton wanted help for his addiction as he felt like Black Mamba was all he can think about and felt was tearing his family apart. His grandmother would say he would smash their flat as well as climb on drain pipes and lampposts. Mirror News said a man died from Black Mamba and another was in the hospital. It was bought for £10 in the UK putting Britons in a zombie-like state. Nottingham is one of the several cities in the UK of Black Mamba users. The paramedics were called five times a day to help users. From January to June there were 139 police reports. Even though Black Mamba is illegal, it is still being sold which needs to be stopped as well as better treatment options for those under the influence.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 23, 2020