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How Dangerous is Synthetic Marijuana?

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To date, Marijuana is responsible for zero deaths worldwide. However, synthetic marijuana killed close to 100 people in the US alone last year.

Remember that saying “the government is out to get us”?

There might be some truth to that. In what can only be described as an epic act of hypocrisy. Last year. The DEA approved the synthetic marijuana drug, Syndros (Dronabinol) as medicine.  Here is the kicker, dronabinol is manufactured by a Pharma company that spent more than $500,000 trying to keep weed illegal.

Put your tin foil hat on weedbriefer, we are going for a ride.

Dronabinol is an oral solution that is prescribed for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in chemo patients, it also acts as an appetite stimulant for AIDS patients. The irony is. Despite all the terrible side effects you may suffer after using this drug, Dronabinol is classified as a schedule II substance meaning that it can legally be prescribed throughout the country.

On the other hand marijuana is classified as a schedule I substance (not approved for medical use) and is only legal in 29 states.

How Dangerous is Synthetic Marijuana?

According to studies, marijuana can stimulate appetite, relieve pain, and treat nausea and vomiting in chemo patients. On top of that, real marijuana side effects are few and far between and most of them don’t last very long. The side effects of Synthetic drugs such as Syndros may include:

  • Vision problems
  • Flushing
  • Runny or stuffy nose/sinus infection/cough
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Detached thoughts
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Fast heart rate
  • Palpitations
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal thinking
  • Drowsiness
  • Paranoia
  • euphoria

Some of you may know that weed cures most of the side effects listed above.

The company that makes Dronabinol under the brand name Syndros has in the past faced allegations that one of its products Subsys is responsible for a number of deaths and hundreds of overdoses.

In recent years, numerous studies conducted by respected institutions suggest that marijuana has medicinal value yet governments worldwide chose to ignore these findings.

Synthetic Cannabinoids Are Not Marijuana

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Fake weed or Illegal synthetic cannabinoids such as spice and chronic are a collection of synthetic chemicals designed to mimic marijuana, these drugs are designed to have the same effect THC (the psychoactive component of cannabis) has on your brain. Synthetic cannabinoids interact with more receptors in the brain than cannabis; they are also more potent and can lead to addiction or dependence.

The problem with “street synthetic marijuana” such as ‘spice’ is. You never know what you are consuming. It could be rat poison or other untested chemicals.

Legal Synthetic Marijuana

What you should know about synthetic cannabis is. It is not a cannabis product. As mentioned above, fake weed is just a combination of chemicals designed to have the same effect as marijuana. The only difference between illegal and legal synthetic marijuana is just that. One is illegal and the other is legal.

If you look at a bottle of prescribed fake weed you might find this line “product contains NATURAL materials from variety of plants”.

That is fake news, although the product might contain dried leaves or other plant parts. The mind altering ingredients found in synthetic marijuana are made in test tubes. Take Marinol (dronabinol)as an example.

The THC contained in this drug is not derived from marijuana; they get it from sesame oil. Marinol works very slowly. It takes close four hours for plasma concentrations to peak after use and it will get you super high. On the other hand, marijuana can induce somewhat similar but safer result in less than 30 minutes.

The side effects of using Marinol may include:

  • Depersonalization
  • Dysphoria
  • Somnolence
  • Thinking abnormality
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety

The key points here are:

  • Synthetic marijuana whether legal or illegal is not a product of marijuana.
  • Synthetic marijuana is dangerous.
  • Synthetic weed is stronger than the real thing.
  • Synthetic weed mimics the real thing.

How Synthetic Marijuana Affects your Brain

According to researchers, synthetic marijuana binds more strongly to cell receptors affected by THC than the real thing.

The composition of many synthetic weed products are unknown or untested, that means that what you use today maybe very different from what you buy tomorrow.

There are users who experience effects that are similar to real marijuana such as:

  • Relaxation
  • Altered perception
  • Pain relief
  • Increased Appetite
  • Sleep
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia and hallucinations

Some users  may experience:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Increased aggressiveness
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate

If you stop using synthetic weed you may experience some of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches

Is Synthetic Marijuana Addictive?

A very low dosage (2mg) of synthetic weed will impair the user’s behavior. That’s according to the British Journal of Pharmacology, it can also induce a “zombie like” state in some people and yes, synthetic marijuana is very addictive.

The biggest problem with fake weed is, it’s cheap, readily available, and you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to purchase. On the streets Synthetic marijuana goes by many names including:

  • Moon rocks
  • AK-47
  • Spice
  • K2
  • Purple have
  • Black mamba

Key points

  • Before you use synthetic marijuana it is important to remember that there is no antidote available, if you OD or if you use it. The best option you have is to let the drug run its course.
  • Habitual users may become addicted to synthetic weed.
  • The effects of fake weed can last for hours and the user may hallucinate or even suffer a heart attack.

Why Synthetic Weed Kills

On April 11 this year, three people died in Illinois after using fake weed. The drug which contained rat poison caused severe bleeding in more than 100 people in and around the state. The victims exhibited the following symptoms:

  • Severe bloody noses
  • Bleeding gums
  • Internal bleeding
  • Coughing up blood
  • Blood in urine

Remember, fake weed is not as predictable as the real thing and the ingredients used to make it are mostly legal meaning that with the right knowledge anyone can make it. If anyone can make it, it means that the product can contain anything.

Are you addicted to fake weed, contact us and let us help you get help.

 

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