December 12, 2017  Last Update: November 27, 2017, 8:52 pm

3 “Fake Pot” Drugs Made Illegal by DEA

In April of 2013 the DEA released a notice of their intent to change the status of synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 to become Schedule I substances. Schedule 1 drugs in the Controlled Substances Act list are substances the DEA has deemed to have no medicinal use and a strong potential for abuse. The DEA provides a bit of advance notice of these actions, to help lessen the commercial financial burden for those making, warehousing, and selling products containing the molecules.

Compounds containing these chemicals have been sold as ‘herbal incense’ or ‘potpourri’ products on the Internet and in retail stores, usually to customers seeking drugs to get high. The synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 are now illegal drugs for any purpose. This new classification will last for the next two years at least, under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The specific molecules are:

  • (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144)
  • [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11)
  • N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48)

The DEA claims this is a public safety action because over the past 3 years illegal usage of these substances by teens and young adults has increased dramatically. Sometimes people assume that illegal drugs sold in stores are safe and reliable, which may have been the case when this dad medicated his daughter with synthetic pot. In the news release the DEA said, “The long-term physical and psychological effects of these substances and their associated products are unknown but are potentially severe, and psychotic and violent behavior has been observed in short-term users of these products.”

In the summer of 2012, DEA and other Federal agencies raided head shops around the country in a crackdown on synthetic drugs in “Operation Logjam“. That effort included 90 arrests, and was intended to break the supply chain for the drugs and their precursor chemicals.

Synthetic chemicals have been popular with drug users for many years. In 2011 we reported on synthetic drug use in the military, which addressed synthetic cannabinoids and ‘Spice’ or ‘K2’ consumer products.

If you have been smoking fake pot UR-144, XLR11, or AKB48, you should know they are now illegal drugs
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  1. […] Florida has a history of being proactive in trying to control the drug abuse problem. The state is home to many detox and rehab facilities. The federal government, via the DEA, has banned the manufacture and sale of “fake marijuana” products and moved them to Schedule I status in the Controlled Substances Act (See our articles ‘3 “Fake Pot” Drugs Made Illegal by DEA‘). […]

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