A new law passed May this year banned the use of all psychoactive substances including those deemed as legal highs. Much to the disappointment of young adults and ‘head’ aficionados, legal highs are going to increase in prices. Worse still, their deregulation also means riskier products at higher prices.
Banning drugs only makes it harder for consumers to get their needs and makes it easier for suppliers to earn more for their keep as prices push up.
According to the National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime in the United Kingdom, the trade of legal highs would move online.
“Change in legislation around NPS in May 2016 effectively banning so-called ‘legal highs’ is likely to see a large increase in these drugs being offered through the dark web instead,” the report, published late last week, reads. According to the report’s methodology, “likely” refers to an “associated probability range” of 75-85 percent.
UK-based sellers are now selling at higher prices for synthetic cannabis using bitcoin — a crpytograph-based currency — to sell their products.
“This was a legal high in the UK untill [sic] very recently, it is extremely strong and unless you are an experienced user of this type of product I would strongly urge you not to order this, it will be too strong for you to enjoy and certainly not a drug you would want to take up as a new user,” the product description reads.
Researchers in the dark web according to Vice.com found many legal highs being sold in the black market.
Before the ban, digital shops on the mainstream web sold these products. Even before, the shops existed as actual establishments all throughout London.