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Terminology and Information on Drugs

Third Edition

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The UNODC publication “Terminology and Information on Drugs” introduces basic concepts and materials on substances under international control, which are most frequently manufactured or processed and/or abused, as well as definitions of scientific terms used in this context. It seeks to collate basic concepts and information on drugs of abuse, their corresponding abuse patterns, pharmacological effects and potential medical use, and act as an accessible and user-friendly resource.

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Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists

Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs) are substances with structural features, which allow binding to one of the known cannabinoid receptors. Many of the substances in this structurally diverse group were initially designed for pharmacological research as potential pharmaceuticals to mimic the effects of cannabis. However, none are currently licensed for medical use.

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