Although marijuana is becoming legalized in states for medical purposes and some for recreational reasons, there are yet many states that have not taken this step yet. However, “fake” cannabis has become quite popular on the market – according to the Drug Policy Alliance, synthetic marijuana is “a class of substances more accurately called cannabinoid receptor agonists or synthetic cannabinoids”. Whereas marijuana impacts a person from THC production, synthetic marijuana doesn’t contain THC but still binds to receptors in the brain.
Many people who utilize synthetic marijuana do so because they wish to experience the same effects as marijuana or because they are seeking a cheaper alternative to marijuana. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that synthetic cannabis contains mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on dried, shredded plant material and that although they are advertised as a “safe” alternative to marijuana, its effects are much more powerful. There are several street names used to describe synthetic cannabis: K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Joker, Kush, and Kronic.
The side effects of synthetic cannabis include elevated mood, relaxation, altered perception and symptoms of psychosis. Many people also experience extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations. The drug can also cause someone to have rapid heart rate, vomiting, exhibit violent behavior, and have suicidal thoughts. It has also been known that synthetic cannabis can raise blood pressure, cause reduced blood supply to the heart, and induce kidney damage and seizures.
Synthetic cannabis can be made with hundreds of chemicals; the chemicals can all activate the CB1 receptor in the brain, making it a hundred times stronger than marijuana. This substance can be found for as little as $5, making it very easy for people to obtain. With easy access and it serving as a cheap alternative, people are placing their lives at risk by using this substance. Synthetic cannabis is dangerous and deadly, and can cause very harmful effects to those we love.
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