Synthetic Marijuana: The Danger Is All But Fake

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  • What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids? 

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “K2” and “Spice” are man-made chemicals that are sprayed on various shredded plants to make the final result have the appearance and aroma of marijuana. Do not be fooled, it is not cannabis and in times can be far more dangerous with unpredictable and fatal side effects. There is a lot of false advertisement associated with synthetic cannabinoids or “fake weed”, many corporations selling the substance claim that it is all-natural, however, the only thing natural is the plant material, the rest are dangerous chemicals made in a lab. Many people wonder about the legality of it all and the fact is, most of the substances are illegal, however, there is a loophole; One small change in the chemical formula makes the substance different and no longer illegal, which makes it incredibly hard to regulate when it changes every time a new legal guideline is put in place.

  • Uses and Side Effects

The most common use of synthetic cannabinoids is smoking the plant material by itself or mixing it with cannabis. People are getting more creative with how they desire to consume this harmful chemical which includes brewing tea and creating e-liquid. There has been a spike in dealers mixing the chemical with marijuana and advertising it as a rare or stronger strain in order to outsource the competition. There are a lot of side effects that come with the consumption of fake weed which includes:

  • Psychosis
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia 
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heart rate 
  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Violent behavior

There are many other risks associated with consuming synthetic cannabinoids, tread carefully.

  • Synthetic Cannabinoids and Addiction

Like any “feel good” substance synthetic cannabinoids are highly addictive. Anyone trying to quit after prolonged use will experience these side effects

  • Headaches 
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability 
  • Depression

Unfortunately, there is very little research on how to treat the addiction of this sinister chemical, there are only speculations about behavioral therapies and very little is known about medication-assisted recovery. If you are one of many individuals addicted to synthetic marijuana you can always reach out to Oasis Recovery Center, we can help and will welcome you with open arms to our beautiful facilities in the mountains of North Carolina with the most effective and safe recovery atmosphere. I would say that one of the worst things about addiction to this chemical is the potential for overdose and death, which is rare but far from impossible. Individuals who were admitted to the emergency room as a result of an overdose to “Spice” had elevated blood pressure, reduced blood supply to the heart, kidney damage, and seizures. In some cases, individuals did not survive an overdose due to “K2” being laced with Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid.