Synthetic drug's lows 'really dark place'

Robert Moore, 24, says he hit 'rock bottom' using the cannibis substitute.  Photo / Sarah Ivey
Robert Moore, 24, says he hit 'rock bottom' using the cannibis substitute. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Robert Moore stopped smoking synthetic cannabis a year ago, but is still recovering from its effects and does not know when he will be "right" again.

The 24-year-old told the Herald last year that after four months of smoking Kronic, his life began to "fall apart".

He developed a daily habit, spending about $80 a day on Kronic, and hit "rock bottom".

Now living in Australia, Mr Moore said yesterday he was only just starting to feel almost back to normal.

"But I think it still has an effect. I can't drink any more because I get quite violent. That stuff definitely twists you up for a while," he said.

He said the lows he experienced after using Kronic were scary.

"It's a really dark place. You can only know what the psychological damage is when you've been there.

"I definitely feel better now, but it takes a while to get back from that dark place.

It really sets you back a lot when you're using."

He thought it would take more than warnings from experts to stop most Kronic users. But he wanted to get the message across about long-term effects.

"Think about what you're doing to your brain ... It's pretty vulnerable and doesn't need the chemicals."

Read more: Alarm at Kronic suicide link

- NZ Herald

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