Medicines and poisons

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Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant native to the Pacific Islands that has been used as a ceremonial and relaxing drink by people of that region for centuries. The traditional kava drink is prepared from water extracts of the raw kava root or rhizome. It is commonly prepared by mixing powdered kava with water.

Kava, also known as Piper methysticum or kava-kava is also contained in some medicinal products such as tablets, capsules and tea bags for the treatment of anxiety.

Kava information sheet (October 2014)

Synthetic Cannabinoids (Synthetic Cannabis)

Synthetic cannabinoids are a range of synthetic substances that are designed to mimic the effect of cannabis. These substances are prohibited under Schedule 9 of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

The ACT adopts the SUSMP under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008. The sale, manufacture or possession of synthetic cannabis is therefore prohibited in the ACT.

Synthetic Cannabis fact sheet (January 2014)