Brain Candy

Gabriel Fillippa

Marshmallow leaf; Peach Bomb; Mango Kush; Jungle Berry.

What sounds like a selection of lollies available at your local milk bar are actually brands of synthetic cannabis sold at adult stores and online. People are smoking it as a cheap, legal alternative to marijuana.

But while synthetic cannabis is marketed as a sweet, innocent trip for the user, those smoking it are reporting a very different, frightening high that can leave a devastating impact on the brain.

Gabriel Filippa is studying his Master of Journalism. He spends most of his time sitting on his arse watching films or playing video games. Sometimes, he gets up to write about something that has annoyed him.