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What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?
Synthetic Cannabinoids often referred to as synthetic or fake Marijuana consists of various man-made chemicals that people use as an alternative to smoking pot. These synthetic cannabinoids bind to the same receptors as CBD and THC and bear such names as “Spice” “K2” “Herbal Incense” or “Black Mamba.”
More often than not these man-made chemicals are sprayed on plants in order that this fake marijuana can be smoked although some can be taken in liquid form. People who use synthetic Cannabinoids often do so in order to avoid the legal consequences that can arise from illegal marijuana use while enjoying the “high” that Marijuana provides. However, while synthetic cannabinoids may target the same receptors as Marijuana does, but the effects of synthetic pot can be far different than what one experiences when smoking marijuana.
Negative Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids
While most people experience only mild if any effects from smoking Marijuana the effects of using synthetic cannabinoids can be quite severe. Some of these effects include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Severe bleeding
- Kidney failure
- Heart Attack
There have actually been a good number of deaths that occurred due to the use of Synthetic Cannabinoids.
The Development of Synthetic Cannabinoids
Not too long ago the use of marijuana or cannabis was illegal to use to treat medical conditions, so pharmaceutical companies came up with synthetic Cannabinoids as a way to treat certain conditions.
One of the earliest synthetic Cannabinoids was called Marinol and was used in the treatment of vomiting and nausea. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that synthetic Cannabinoids began to become popular as a recreational drug. Unfortunately, it was with this recreational use of fake Marijuana that the negative effects really became known to be toxic and dangerous.
The number of deaths from Cannabinoids tripled between 2014 and 2015 and in 2018 these synthetic Cannabinoids were laced with rat poisoning resulting in severe bleeding and death.
Ingredients of Synthetic Cannabinoids
There appears to be little regulation of synthetic cannabis Many of these products list a number of different plants as part of their ingredients although in many cases there are such small amounts of any one plant that the actual plant ingredients are undetectable.
Other ingredients that synthetic Cannabinoids may include consist of fatty acids, psychoactive herbs such as Indian Warrior or Wild Dagga, aporphine, and leonurine as well as a number of other chemicals and chemical compounds some of which combined can have devastating effects on the body.
With the legalization of Marijuana for recreational use in several states, it can be hoped that the use and misuse of these Synthetic Cannabinoids will decline, but there is no evidence as yet that this is the case.
However, there is no evidence that there have been any statistics compiled to see if the legalization of Pot in specific states has reduced the use of fake marijuana.