Synthetic marijuana has been gaining popularity. Fake marijuana products are legal, and it’s because they don’t display a positive result on a urine drug test. Furthermore, they are marketed as being “100% organic herbs.” Many people who use synthetic marijuana are under the impression that it’s completely safe and natural.
What Is Synthetic Marijuana?
This type of marijuana is a mixture of dried leaves from traditional herbal plants. They have a variety of different colors such as green, brown, blonde and red. They’re sold in small packets approximately 2 by 3 inches. These packets are sold in either foil packs or plastic zip bags. Along with the benefits, the information about the dangerous effects should be available with the people. The venturebeat will offer plenty of benefits to the people so that the people are provided with relaxation and pleasure. Different products are available with the people for the reduction in pain. The reviews can be checked to have the benefits.
Here are some popular brand names of synthetic marijuana products:
Blueberry Haze, Hawaiian Hybrid, Ono Budz, Genie, Panama Red Ball, Ultra Chronic, Nitro and Voodoo Spice.
It’s important to know that even the current stores that sell legal weed products do so with a disclaimer. Typically they state “We make no claims in regards to the effects of these products on the human body, mind or soul.”
The synthetic marijuana products claim to contain herbs that are used for medicinal purposes. However, there is no actual proof that the medicinal ingredients listed are actually included in the blend. All fake weed products contain a chemical called HU-210, it has a molecular structure similar to THC – the most active ingredient in marijuana.
Effects of Smoking Synthetic Marijuana
So far, the general consensus seems to be that smoking the fake weed products will produce a very similar high to smoking real marijuana. However, the high with synthetic marijuana doesn’t last nearly as long as a regular high with real marijuana. Other people who smoke synthetic marijuana say that their high was more of a relaxed feeling, rather than the typical “head high.” Synthetic weed is typically sold as “incense” in gas stations and convenience stores across the country. They sport funk names like “Mr. Nice Guy” and “K2” – despite it’s popularity among teenagers, many of them assume that synthetic marijuana isn’t any different from the real thing (other than being legal).
Contrary to popular belief, there are side effects.
First of all, it’s not real marijuana. It’s not even close to being the same natural substance as marijuana. It was developed by an organic chemistry professor and the active cannabinoid in synthetic marijuana was originally meant for lab animals. Despite the common similarities in smell, synthetic weed can be up to 100 times stronger than the organic variety. It’s not meant for humans and it can lead to convulsions, seizures, paranoia, hallucinations and high blood pressure. Furthermore, people who use synthetic marijuana are putting themselves at risk for health complications.
Synthetic Cannabis can contain absolutely anything
This is because synthetic weed can contain absolutely anything. In 2011, JW018 and four other cannabinoids were temporarily made illegal by the DEA so they could reassess the health risks and effects. Manufacturers of synthetic marijuana found ways to work around the temporary ban. Therefore, this becomes an ongoing cycle. Every time one chemical gets banned, manufacturers substitute another chemical, which is chemically identical in its composition and effects, to circumvent a ban. Synthetic chemicals have yet to overcome legislative hurdles.
With all sorts of cannabinoids on the market, it’s unlikely that authorities will end this cat-and-mouse game. That means that anyone who smokes synthetic marijuana will be smoking a number of volatile, unknown and unregulated substances. That can affect one’s body in detrimental ways. Synthetic marijuana has even been known to severely injure and kill people. In October 2011, a teenager suffered chemical burns to his lungs from smoking synthetic marijuana, he eventually required a double lung transplant before dying from an infection. In September 2011, an elderly woman died after purchasing the drug from a convenience store. Reports say she immediately fell to the ground. Around this time, teenagers in Texas suffered heart attacks shortly after smoking synthetic marijuana.
All in all, here’s what you need to know: Nobody can overdose on marijuana, but it’s definitely possible to overdose when smoking synthetic weed.
Samira Gutoc is the founder and managing editor of Atlas and Co. She is also a content writer, blogger, poet, photographer and an editorial associate.