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NVWA: ‘Warning hallucinatory and paralyzing effects of herbal preparations’

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The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) warns consumers not to use the herbal preparations Shambala and OPEN UP. ‘These herbal preparations contain ingredients that pose a risk to public health. Single use, in dosage as stated on the packaging, can have harmful effects on the central nervous system,’ the NVWA warned on Tuesday.

‘Stop selling’

‘Shambala and OPEN UP contain harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. When exposed to higher doses of these substances, nausea, vomiting and more serious effects such as hallucinations, coordination disorders, disturbed vision and paralysis can occur’, according to the NVWA, which has instructed the sellers of these drugs to stop selling and withdraw the drugs from the market. to fetch. The NVWA monitors this.

Research

The NVWA has commissioned research into Shambala and a similar herbal preparation with comparable ingredients, called OPEN UP. Click here for the video. The reason was a report from the National Poisons Information Center (NVIC) about Shambala. It has also received a lot of media attention. Shambala and OPEN UP were then sampled by the NVWA and analyzed by Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR). RIVM has made a risk assessment based on the analyses.

Harmful even with a single use

With single use, in dosage as stated on the packaging, harmful effects on the central nervous system may occur. This can lead to pupil dilation, salivation or low blood pressure. Taking Shambala or OPEN UP at the same time as other herbal preparations or products with so-called MAO inhibitors can also be harmful to health.

Consumers

The NVWA advises consumers not to buy Shambala and OPEN UP and not to use them if they already have them at home. Consumers who still find such products on the Dutch market can report this to the NVWA. If you have used the product and experience side effects, consult a doctor.

NVWA: ‘Warning hallucinatory and paralyzing effects of herbal preparations’
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