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Chimique: Psychopathological considerations concerning its use and abuse in Réunion Volume 98, issue 7, Août-Septembre 2022

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Authors
1 Médecin-psychiatre, EPSM Réunion, CMP Duplessis, 1, rue Duplessis, 97490 Saint-Denis, La Réunion
2 Pharmacien-hygiéniste, EPSM Réunion, 42, chemin Grand Pourpier, 97460 Saint-Paul, La Réunion
3 Médecin-psychiatre, EPSM Réunion, Unité de soins intensifs psychiatriques, 42, chemin Grand Pourpier, 97460 Saint-Paul, La Réunion
4 Médecin-psychiatre, EPSMR Réunion, Unité de soins intensifs psychiatriques, 42, chemin Grand Pourpier, 97460 Saint-Paul, La Réunion
Correspondance : E. Bajyana Songa

“Chimique” is the name given to a mix of synthetic cannabinoids. These substances are non-natural endocannabinoid receptor agonists.

They are consumed as a powder sprayed onto plant material (“spice”), mixed with tobacco, or in liquid form [1].

In this article, we describe the psychological and psychiatric implications of its use. To begin, we compiled data from the scientific literature. We also explored the clinical experiences of several public- and private-sector psychiatrists working on the island.

Finally, we identify avenues of reflection and suggest some action points to improve the management of this health issue.