Legal highs have resurfaced after last month's ban in a new
form described as "non-psychoactive", and they're flying off
An Adult Selections Hastings staff member told Hawke's Bay
Today the adult store was sold out of the products but there
would be "more this week".
The Napier store had also sold out but would have more today.
The products, released by legal highs brand Tai Hai, were not
psychoactive, but they could give smokers "quite a hit".
They were believed to comprise the leaves of an American
shrub, Turnera diffusa, known as damiana, which had been used
historically as an aphrodisiac.
Damiana had served as the "base leaf" for banned synthetic
cannabis products and would therefore have the same smell and
The staff member predicted the products' potency would be
increased in future and other plants could be added to them.
Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority manager Dr
Donald Hannah said Tai High, which he described as "a
smokable product that contains damiana", was not considered a
psychoactive substance under the Psychoactive Substances Act.
"It is now illegal to sell products containing psychoactive
substances. There are no approved psychoactive products, if a
product is being sold as a 'legal high' the onus is on the
The Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act, which became law
last month, removed all psychoactive legal high products on
the market after it was passed under urgency.
Police would like to hear from anyone who knows of party
pills or synthetic cannabinoids or any related psychoactive
product being sold from any premises. People can call the
psychoactive substances hotline 0800 789 652 to report a
concern or seek advice.
- Harrison Christian, Hawke's Bay Today