Austria Bans Spice Incense, Said to Have Hallucinogenic Effects

The Austrian health ministry imposed an instantaneous ban Thursday on the sale and circulation of the herbal incense ‘Spice,’ which some people smoke because of its hallucinogenic effects, Agence France-Presse reported.

Spice is sold legally in many countries. When burned, the herbal blend releases a “rich” fragrance. However, it contains a cannabis-like substance called JWH-018, the Austrian ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the effects of smoking the incense have not yet been fully determined, but the risks are high.

Until a permanent ruling is reached, a 14-day ban will be imposed, the statement said.

Although it is marketed as incense, Internet drug forums praise Spice’s effectiveness as a hallucinogen.

Last year, Switzerland banned Spice.

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