Synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice, is still very obtainable even though a national ban was passed in July of 2012 banning the sale of synthetic cannabinoids. Because the synthetic form of pot is in such high demand, drug dealers are selling the fake weed, these products are still illegally sold in various convenience type stores and gas stations throughout the U.S., and synthetic pot can also be purchased online very easily.
Spice and K2 are just a couple of the names synthetic marijuana is marketed under, unfortunately there are hundreds more and they're all extremely dangerous and potentially deadly. Below are just a few examples of some of the brand names synthetic pot is sold under:
- Black Mamba
- Bombay Blue
- Red Magic
- Yucatan Fire
- Mr. Nice Guy
- Blueberry Medication
- Super Skunk
Synthetic cannabis produces a similar high to regular marijuana and because it's cheap and still very easy to come by, it's a popular drug of abuse among young people and unfortunately, has been for quite some time. Spice and other synthetic marijuana products contain plant material that's been dried, shredded and sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids which are responsible for producing the drugs mind altering effects that are similar cannabis.
Synthetic marijuana is addictive as well as dangerous because use of these products can cause serious side effects that can be life-threatening. Synthetic marijuana products are marketed toward young people making them seem completely harmless. These products just look like a mixture of innocent crushed up leaves or herbs, somewhat similar to potpourri, but synthetic marijuana is far from harmless. Not only do teens and young adults need to understand just how dangerous fake marijuana products really are, so do parents because they're still commonly abused and continue to land people in the ER with serious often life-threatening symptoms.
Because synthetic marijuana products vary in the harmful chemicals they contain, it's impossible to know how dangerous and potent any of them really are. It's very difficult to determine just how dangerous synthetic marijuana is because there's so many different variations on the market and illicit drug chemists are constantly altering the chemicals to get around the law. Like all drugs, synthetic pot also effects users differently, these products could be lethal even with first time use.
Recent News Reports about Synthetic Marijuana
In Clarke, County Alabama, the use of synthetic marijuana known as Puff Puff claimed the lives of six people in just a matter of a few weeks not so long ago, according to an article found on WKRG News5. Synthetic marijuana isn't just a problem in Clark, County either, Sheriff Richard Stringer from Washington County told News5 Puff Puff was the main drug in their county right now.
9News reports twenty people recently became extremely ill from using synthetic marijuana, according to the University of Colorado Hospital. According to the hospital, all of the people that became ill had a bad reaction to Spice or Black Mamba and that other hospitals in the Denver area were also seeing numerous patients as well.
SFGate recently reported in Georgia, eight people were treated at hospitals for ingesting synthetic marijuana around Brunswick. The State's public health officials issued warnings about synthetic marijuana due to a "rash of illnesses in southeast Georgia" according to the report. Synthetic marijuana sold under the names "Crazy Clown and "Herbal Madness Incense" was mentioned in the report.
In Georgia, one father knows only too well how destructive and dangerous smoking synthetic marijuana can be. He shared his story with Local15 in hopes that other parents won't have to endure the same intense loss and pain. His son was only fourteen when he died, not long after trying synthetic marijuana the young man sadly took his own life. According to the video included with the article, since there's such a high demand for the dangerous drug authorities are saying dealers of cocaine are actually "switching to selling synthetic marijuana".
Dangerous Effects Caused by Synthetic Marijuana
- Elevated blood pressure
- Rapid heart beat
- Severe agitation
- Extreme anxiety
- Paranoid behavior
- Muscle spasms
- Intense hallucinations
- Psychotic episodes
- Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions
- Possible death
Because the dangerous chemicals contained in synthetic marijuana products are constantly changing and the designer drugs haven't been around long enough, it's impossible to know what the long-term effects may be. Sadly, the short term effects of synthetic marijuana are bad enough so we need to do all that we can to help young people realize these products could completely destroy their mind and entire life.