Resembling aquarium gravel, flakka is a synthetic psychoactive drug that is structurally related to cathinone.
It is known as next generation ‘bath salts’, a group of related synthetic drugs that was banned in 2012.
People who take the drug are often left unable to talk and have no idea what is going on around them until the drug wears off.
Even the smallest overdose of the drug can lead to the most extreme symptoms, “excited delirium” being the most common.
This symptom is synonymous with violent behaviour, spikes in body temperature and paranoia.
Observations are that a typical flakka high can last several hours before the effects wear off.
It is also possible and reasonably common that the neurological effects are permanent, the drug ostensibly sits on neurons but can also destroy them.
Link that together with the fact that flakka stays on the brain for longer than cocaine, the extent of the damage to the brain could be maximised even further. Source: RAWG