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THCP, HHCPO, H4CBD and others Classified as Narcotic Drugs: Understanding the Risks and Regulations

From June 3, 2024, several new cannabinoids will be officially classified as narcotics in France due to the serious risks and potential for dependence associated with their consumption. This measure aims to protect public health in the face of increasing reports of serious effects due to these substances. The evaluation and information centers on drug dependence-addictovigilance (CEIP-A) have identified several cases of serious poisoning, thus justifying this decision.

Which cannabinoids are affected by this decision?

Semisynthetic cannabinoids

Semisynthetic cannabinoids are chemically modified natural substances. The main cannabinoids in this category included in the new regulations are:

  • H4-CBD
  • H2-CBD

Benzo[c]chromene ring cannabinoid derivatives

These cannabinoids, formed from a specific chemical nucleus, are also affected. The list excludes CBN (cannabinol) but includes:

  • HHC (Hexahydrocannabinol)
  • HHCO (HHC-Acetate)
  • HHCP (Hexahydrocannabiphorol)
  • HHCPO (HHCP-Acetate)
  • THCP (Tetrahydrocannabiphorol)
  • THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid)

Synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids, created purely in the laboratory, are also under increased scrutiny. Substances added to the list of narcotics include:

  • 5F-Cumyl-Pegaclone (5F-SGT-151)
  • Cumyl-CH-Megaclone (SGT-270)
  • 5F-7APAICA
  • Cumyl-P7AICA
  • 5F-Cumyl-P7AICA
  • BZO-Hexoxid (MDA-19)
  • BZO-Poxizid (5C-MDA-19)

Why are these substances banned?

Risk for the health

Consuming these cannabinoids can cause immediate and potentially serious effects, such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Paranoia and anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Tachycardia
  • Chest pain that may suggest a heart attack
  • Renal failure

These effects, often more intense than those caused by THC (psychoactive component of cannabis), may require emergency medical attention. The dangerousness of these products is exacerbated by their high concentration of cannabinoids, often unknown to the consumer.

Potential for addiction

These products pose a significant risk of dependence, increasing the likelihood of regular and problematic use.

Uncertain composition

Consumers should be aware that the composition of products containing these cannabinoids may not match that indicated on the packaging. This adds additional risk from ingesting higher doses than intended.

Surveillance and prevention measures

In collaboration with CEIP-A, we maintain continuous monitoring of new cannabinoids appearing on the market and their effects on health. This vigilance is essential to anticipate and react to emerging threats linked to these substances.

Forms of consumption and distribution

These cannabinoids are often sold online and in CBD stores, in different forms:

  • Oil
  • Resin
  • Grass
  • Spray
  • Gummies
  • E-liquids

They can be ingested, vaped or smoked, which influences the intensity and speed of the effects felt.


The decision to classify these cannabinoids as narcotics is a crucial public health measure to prevent serious risks associated with their consumption. We encourage potential consumers to stay informed and avoid the use of these dangerous substances. If in doubt or in need of assistance, it is essential to contact healthcare professionals or emergency services.

For more information, do not hesitate to consult our site and to consult the ANSM for any questions or reports. Together, let's protect our health and that of our community.

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