The Federal Department of Home Affairs has taken a measure to combat the misuse of synthetic substances by banning eleven new psychotropic substances, including Swiss hexahydrocannabinol (HHC), from the table of narcotics. This new rule came into force immediately.
Swiss HHC, also known as "Swiss HHC", is a synthetic drug that is becoming more prevalent in Europe and in some "specialised" sites selling synthetic drugs, according to the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic. The substance is of great concern because it is not known how it interacts with other substances or whether it is addictive. It is also not known how toxic it is when used repeatedly.
The DHA took this measure to combat the proliferation of new synthetic drugs on the black market and the consumption of substances that are potentially dangerous to health. Their manufacture and trade are therefore now illegal and subject to the criminal sanctions provided for in the Narcotics Law.
A total of 276 individual substances and fifteen groups of substances (derivatives) are now included in the schedules of narcotics, following a request from Swissmedic. The Institute points out that trafficking in these new drugs has already been observed in Switzerland, mainly on the Internet.
In sum, this measure aims to protect the health of individuals by limiting access to substances whose effects and toxicity are not known with certainty, such as Swiss HHC.