SPICE: Understanding & working with Synthetic Cannabinoids


Course Overview

Products containing synthetic cannabinoids have become increasingly popular across the UK, Europe and the United States. These substances; often simply referred to by the generic term of “Spice” are often marketed alternatives to traditional herbal cannabis.

This half-day session is aimed at workers in contact with adults or young people who may be using Synthetic Cannabinoids and is particularly useful for those working within the criminal justice or homelessness sectors.

The half-day course covers:

  • The history and background of synthetic cannabinoids
  • How synthetic cannabinoids work upon the brain and how these substances often differ from traditional herbal cannabis
  • Who is using? High risk and vulnerable populations
  • The  potential for dependency and problematic use
  • Understand harm reduction strategies and techniques in order to relay to clients using synthetic cannabinoids
  • Harm reduction
  • Myth busting – anatomy of a drug scare

Course material:

Attendees will receive hand outs supporting the course content and a certificate of attendance for continuing professional development (CPD).

DANOS Standards

  • AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
  • HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals.
  • HSC3111 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
  • AB2 Support individuals who are substance users.
  • HSC33 Develop your own knowledge and practice.
  • AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects.