Man Dies In Birmingham After Taking "Black Mamba"

A homeless man has died and two others are ill after a potentially lethal batch of the cannabis substitute hits Birmingham's streets.

Police have warned against the use of a synthetic form of cannabis known as ``Black Mamba'' after a man died in Birmingham.

The body of the homeless man, thought to be in his 30s, was found just a few hundred metres from the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham just before 6am on Sunday.

Two other people in the city are ill after taking the drug.

Detective Inspector Thomas Hadley from West Midlands Police said: ``It is extremely concerning that users of this substance are putting their lives at risk, even more so because we believe there is a potentially lethal batch of the substance currently being distributed in Birmingham.''

Black Mamba mimics the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

However, synthetic forms of the drug are more potent than natural cannabis, increasing the risk of harmful side effects - which can include psychotic episodes, convulsions and organ failure.

Black Mamba was reclassified as a Class B controlled drug in 2013 after gaining popularity as a so-called ``legal high''.

These narcotics were outlawed completely when the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on May 26 2016.

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