Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous product, and it comes in a lot of forms. It may be advertised as a potpourri, a type of incense or an herbal smoking mixture, but have no doubt that this is a powerful and harmful drug. If you use synthetic marijuana thinking that you can be a casual and recreational user, think again. Many people get addicted and need to go through synthetic marijuana withdrawal and treatment. While some forms are illegal, other types of this drug fly under the radar and are technically legal and sold online and in stores.
The availability of synthetic marijuana goes up and down depending on trends and the state of laws banning them. When these products are readily available, they attract a young clientele and they often wreak havoc on their users. Laws that attempt to ban synthetic marijuana are not always successful, as the drug manufacturers outpace them and come up with new versions that are technically legal to sell. If you have a teen in the house, be aware of synthetic marijuana dangers.
A variety of herbs are marketed and sold as legal, safe alternatives to marijuana. They contain shredded plant material and chemicals that cause a mind-altering effect, but it’s often unclear what these products actually contain. There are several hundred varieties of synthetic marijuana, including products sold as herbal smoke or legal buds. Some of the names they are sold under include spice, fake weed, moon rocks and K2.
Synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as K2 or Spice, is a “designer drug” that’s made to mimic the effects of marijuana. Its chemical composition allowed it to exploit legal loopholes when it was first used in the 2000s, giving many users the false impression that the substance was safe, as well as not being detectable in ordinary drug tests. Despite its “natural” appearance, synthetic marijuana is really plant matter sprinkled with an unknown concoction of synthetic cannabinoids, and its extreme effects have led to extreme concern. A new scientific review article has looked at over 200 studies on user characteristics and the effects of the substances, coming to the conclusion that use of synthetic marijuana use is a problem worldwide.
Synthetic drugs are just what they sound like: man made. They are chemical compounds that provide users with experiences similar to natural hallucinogens, marijuana and other known drugs. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been working to shut down synthetic drug manufacturers and traffickers and just this month made a major move toward putting a chokehold on the synthetic drug trade.