What is Synthetic Marijuana?
It is a mixture of plant materials that is spray or applied by various methods with chemical compounds. Compounds include JWH-018 and JWH-073, but there are many other compounds used. These compounds are similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, but have varying dangerous side effects.
What are the side effects?
Varying from mild to very severe side effects include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Numbness and tingling
- Severe agitation
- Hallucinations ( some very severe)
- Psychotic Episodes
Because the chemicals used in synthetic marijuana have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has designated the five active chemicals most frequently found in Synthetic Marijuana as Schedule I controlled substances, making it illegal to sell, buy, or possess them. Manufactures of Synthetic Marijuana products attempt to evade these legal restrictions by substituting different chemicals in their mixtures.
What Are the Other Health Effects of Spice?
Spice abusers who have been taken to Poison Control Centers report symptoms that include rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. Spice can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart (myocardial ischemia), and in a few cases it has been associated with heart attacks. Regular users may experience withdrawal and addiction symptoms. Other concerns include heavy metals in the products.
What are some other names for it?
Spice, K2, Fake Weed, Thunder, Genie, etc. There are dozens of different names for Synthetic Marijuana.