Black mamba (aka the zombie drug) is a synthetic cannabinoid drug that is highly addictive and extremely dangerous.
You may be familiar with the man-made synthetic cannabinoid Spice, well Black Mamba drugs, sometimes known as Mamba, which has similar psychoactive effects. This drug is a herbal smoking mixture mixed with synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists.
Synthetic cannabinoids originally emerged on the market, claiming to mimic the effects of cannabis/weed and were sold legally in head shops as designer drugs and legal highs. Not long after they came to market, it was realised how addictive and potent these drugs are. To combat the legal sales of these items in the UK, the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force, banning the sale of any drug with psychoactive properties.
However, online shops still get around the sales of these drugs by selling them as incense with the disclaimer ‘not fit for human consumption’.
Spice and Black Mamba drugs are now used as nicknames for any drug/herbal mixture that has been coated with synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists.
What is Black Mamba?
Synthetic cannabinoids like Black Mamba and Spice are often inaccurately called “fake cannabis.” This is misleading, as these counterfeit substances have much more in common with hard drugs such as heroin. Tests have shown that Black Mamba, the herbal smoking mixture, contains the synthetic cannabinoid AM-2201 and oleamide.
The effects of synthetic cannabinoids on users can be devastating; they are sometimes referred to as “zombie drugs”. This is due to their tendency to cause a state of semi-consciousness, foaming at the mouth, psychosis or even unconsciousness.
Black Mamba is typically purchased from head shops online. A 3-gram packet of the herbal mixture can be purchased for around £25.00. These herbal smoking mixtures are sprayed with chemicals that are meant to mimic the effects of THC and are high potency.
Black Mamba is usually smoked in the same way cannabis, weed or skunk are smoked. Its effects are fast when inhaled and are likely to cause uncomfortable distortions in reality and hallucinations for the person using it. Typically, the effects of Black Mamba drugs can last for a few hours. However, its duration and strength of effects depend on the individual mixture and the form of consumption.
Other Forms of Black Mamba
Aside from the synthetic cannabinoid, there is also a real strain of marijuana called ‘Black Mamba ’, which has a high potency of THC.
An additional product marketed at bodybuilders is also available. Black Mamba-Hyperrush is sold as a supplement and hardcore fat burner and can contain hidden substances such as sibutramine.
Sibutramine is a controlled substance that can substantially elevate blood pressure and pulse rate, posing a significant risk to individuals with a history of coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke or arrhythmias. Additionally, taking Black Mamba hyper rush in conjunction with other drugs or medications may have life-threatening consequences. Black Mamba Hyperrush also has the potential to result in a positive drug test.
Whilst the different variations of Black Mamaba can be confusing, it is important to note that there is no ‘safe’ form of this drug. All variations are extremely potent, and many have hidden and toxic ingredients.
Black Mamba Cannabis Plant Strain
Black Mamba is also a potent strain of weed. This cannabis Indica-dominant hybrid (70% Indica and 30% Sativa) was created by combining two potent strains of Indica and Stavia cannabis. The cannabis strains used can vary from product to product.
Black Mamba cannabis is named after the deadly African snake to indicate its potency and increased cerebral stimulation. The THC content of this strain can be anything from 13% up to 25%, with 2.5% CBD. The Black Mamba cannabis plant is definitely not recommended for those that have little or no tolerance to high THC strains of cannabis/weed.
The synthetic Black Mamba drug replica is said to mimic the effects of this strain of plant. However, in truth, herbal Black Mamba is more addictive, dangerous and potent.
The Effects – What The Drug Does To You
Black mamba, the drug named after the venomous snake, has extremely toxic effects on the body and the mind. This artificial cannabinoid has also been known to cause death in some instances.
Physical Effects of Black Mamba include:
- Loss of control of body parts
- Numbness and tingling
- Severe drowsiness
- Breathing difficulties
- Foaming at the mouth
- Intense high
- Severe rashes
- Elevated heart rate and arrhythmia
- Semi-consciousness and unconsciousness
- Kidney failure
Psychological effects of Black mamba include:
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there)
- Anxiety and panic
- Altered perception of reality
- Dreamlike state
- Mental health illness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Agitation and aggression
Considering the devastating effects that the Black Mamba synthetic drug can have on a person, is it any wonder it is named after one of the world’s deadliest snakes?
The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids
The composition of synthetic cannabinoids varies significantly from one drug to the next and between batches. These substances are often produced by small-scale manufacturers, resulting in an inconsistent quality that can be hazardous.
Previously, when psychoactive smoking mixtures were legal, there was an element of regulation as to what went in them. Since the ban on synthetic cannabinoids, there has been no regulation of their production. As such, these smoking herbal mixtures are now far more potent and can contain numerous other toxic and addictive substances.
Many people turn to smoking herbal mixtures as an alternative to cannabis, thinking that as they are man-made, they are less likely to become addicted or suffer ill effects. The reality is that these drugs are nothing like cannabis and have very different effects. They are also far more dangerous.
Synthetic cannabinoids are dried and shredded plant materials sprayed with mind-altering chemicals. These chemicals are developed to mimic the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. In addition to being sold as herbal smoking mixtures, they can also be sold as liquids to be vaped through an e-cigarette or other similar devices.
The use of synthetic cannabinoid products can be dangerous, leading to a rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucinations. In extreme cases, medical assistance may be required from emergency services, hospital emergency departments or intensive care units.
Black Mamba users are estimated to be 5 times more likely to suffer a heart attack or life-threatening reaction within the first 60 minutes of taking the drug.
Black Mamba is an addictive drug
There have been many reports of people becoming addicted to synthetic cannabinoids such as Black Mamba, K2, Annihilation, Amsterdam Gold and Spice. Many of these people report that these herbal Spice products turned them into social recluses, and they were unable to function whilst under the grips of their addiction.
Some may think that Black Mamba or Spice withdrawal will be similar to cannabis or weed. People may even turn to fake cannabis products to help them withdraw from marijuana dependence. The reality is that the added toxins in these synthetic cannabinoids can make withdrawal much more uncomfortable, prolonged and even dangerous.
As a leading provider of detox and rehabilitation, we know all too well how hard it can be to come off these synthetic drugs. Withdrawal symptoms from Spice products such as Black Mamba depend on the strain the person has been using, its ingredients, frequency of use and how long they have been using it.
If you have tried to stop Black Mamaba or a similar form of fake marijuana and found the withdrawal too much, your symptoms can be successfully managed with a medical detox.
During a medical detox, we used approved pharmaceutical medications, along with around-the-clock nursing care to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. We use these medications to minimise and diminish the symptoms of synthetic cannabinoid withdrawal. There is also the added advantage of being away from temptation so that you can focus entirely on getting well.
Black Mamba’s legal status in the UK
Any synthetic cannabinoid with psychoactive properties, such as Black Mamba, Spice and Annihilation, is a Class B drug in the UK. This means that they are illegal to possess, sell or give away.
Whilst they are illegal, this does not prevent them from being purchased or seen as relatively harmless. Fake weed products such as Black Mamba are sold under numerous brand names in brightly coloured and attractive packaging. This gives a false impression that they are legitimate to buy and safe to take.
Mixing Black Mamba with other drugs
Mixing synthetic cannabinoids such as Black Mamba or Spice with alcohol or other drugs can be particularly risky. It increases the dangers associated with both substances and increases the risk of accidents, overdose and death.
Synthetic cannabinoids are also known to overstimulate the serotonin system in the brain. This can lead to a condition called Serotonin Syndrome in those that take antidepressant medications. Combining Black Mamba with antidepressants such as Sertraline and Prozac can result in a high fever, rapid heartbeat, perspiration, agitation, disorientation, seizures, organ breakdowns and coma.
Serotonin Syndrome can be fatal. If you are taking antidepressant medication, you should avoid herbal smoking mixtures completely.
Synthetic Cannabinoid Addiction and Dependence
Research suggests that you can become dependent on the Black Mamba drug, especially if you use it regularly. The same is true of other Spice products. Dependence is more likely to occur if you use Black Mamba regularly and for a prolonged period of time. It has also been shown that tolerance to these fake weed products develops quickly.
Withdrawal Symptoms From Black Mamba and Synthetic Cannabinoids Can Include:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe anxiety
- Stomach upset and cramps
- Changes in mood
- Muscle cramps and twitching
- Strong drug cravings
- Irritability and agitation
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Sweating and chills
Addiction is the most severe form of substance use disorder. Even if you manage to stop Black Mamba successfully, you will be at high risk of relapse. The good news is that whilst Black Mamba addiction is a chronic medical condition, it can be successfully treated, and recovery maintained.
Effective Treatment For Black Mamba Drug Addiction
Treatment for Black Mamba drug abuse and addiction should be tailored to your individual treatment needs and requirements. This is something that we at Detox Plus UK believe in very strongly.
All of our top, best-rated inpatient treatment centres are either registered hospitals or are fully CQC/SCSWIS approved for the care of those requiring help for drugs or alcohol. We will ensure that your detox and rehabilitation are intricately tailored to ensure a positive and long-term outcome, giving you the best chance of a full recovery.
If Black Mamba prevents you from living the life you want, you can break free from its grips, starting today. Call us for a free and confidential assessment by one of our experts. We will provide you with a clinically recommended treatment plan with no obligation and alternative support methods near you.
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