What is Synthetic Marijuana?

Addiction runs so many aspects of our world. From white collar to blue collar, man to woman, or adult to child – there

Feb 16

Addiction runs so many aspects of our world. From white collar to blue collar, man to woman, or adult to child – there is no escaping this disease. This disease is the reason why so many winds up in trouble with the law- becoming incarcerated, on probation, or obtaining charges on a personal record that follow for life. This disease is also the reason so many winds up on the other side of it working for the law. Correctional officers, psychiatrists/psychologists, and any state judge will tell you that much of their world is embedded with alcoholic thinking. The disease of alcoholism is the largest war you may ever bare witness to.

This twisted way of thinking will create this void inside that will never be filled until death or recovery is found. It truly is despicable. It’s just the nature of it as addicts look for anything to latch onto that provides comfort. Addiction will create this search party consciously and subconsciously. Recovery is one of the only guaranteed methods to abstain from this obsessive thinking, but even then many find themselves focusing on that empty hole inside. A hole they are trying to fill but never will until acceptance is bestowed.

Many enter recovery without complete acceptance, only to find themselves attempting to fill a vacant gap without the proper tools. Using Kratom or Kava are two of the many different ways that people choose to try and get out of themselves without relapsing. Others smoke synthetic marijuana while they convince themselves it’s the only way to feel. Some will turn to cutting or burning themselves-whatever they can to feel “good”. However, unbeknownst to our own alcoholic thinking selves, sometimes turning to vices like synthetic marijuana is more detrimental than imagined. Remember, it’s our best thinking that wound us up here in the first place. Maybe it’s time to take a step back.

marijuana leaves

Forgetting About 420

Synthetic marijuana is a deceptive drug that pretends to mimic the effects of THC, the active ingredient in pot. However, synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” “K-2” or “fake weed,” is nothing like pot. This drug is exceedingly more dangerous, which is particularly concerning in light of the fact that its use is increasing, particularly among young users. There are plenty of reasons why synthetic marijuana has become a top concern among medical providers like FDA, and law enforcement like the DEA.

Synthetic marijuana is a combination of herbal ingredients that are sprayed with a synthetic chemical solution designed to mimic the “high” experienced with marijuana. The products have been marketed as legal, even though many of the packages clearly state, “Not for human consumption.” Users have been able to purchase bags of synthetic marijuana from some convenience stores and head shops. It is also widely available on the Internet. Synthetic marijuana is frequently smoked, but it can also be baked into edibles or brewed into tea.

You Can’t Synthesize Health

When it comes to any substances, illicit or not, there are usually pretty good reasons in place for the upholding laws. Most laws, amendments, or any bills passed are made to protect the people from something previously cataloged in the past. Synthetic marijuana brings many risks to the table that the government as a whole has essentially deemed not worth it. Some of the minute health risks associated with synthetic marijuana include:

  • Elevated Blood Pressure/Heart Rate
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychotic Episodes

Unfortunately, that list of side effects could expand even further than that. Each brand of synthetic marijuana has this random sequence of chemicals that react differently to the mind/body for each individual involved. This makes it impossible to predict the effects of the drug from one hit to the next. In fact, even the potency of synthetic marijuana may fluctuate from package to package, and even inside the packages themselves. There is no way to guarantee which brand would be best for each person’s genetic composition. It becomes a risky game of trial and error that’s as harmful as if actually scheduled narcotics were brought to the table. 

Risky, Risky, Risky

According to some users of synthetic cannabinoids, the effects of this drug are similar to those found with pot only stronger. However, the complex combination of ingredients found in synthetic marijuana may lead to other effects as well, such as paranoia, hallucinations and extreme agitation. “Bad trips” are much more common with spice than pot, and the effects “may” last much longer.

“May” last much longer- “may” being the key word there. Once again, with everybody on this earth having a different genetic composition, it’s impossible to know how somebody will react to synthetic marijuana just because of another’s experience. Unfortunately even with knowing that, this is still a risk that many are willing to take. It’s truly ludicrous the places that the disease of alcoholic thinking will take some. Inhaling some foreign substance that has unclear ramifications is insane- but if it’ll get you high then why not. That’s addiction for you.

A Growing Concern

In April 2015, there was a huge spike in synthetic marijuana use, according to a report at the Huffington Post. After poison control centers across the country reported 273 illnesses from synthetic cannabinoids in February and 269 in March, more than 1,500 illnesses were reported in April. The federal government continues to try to make use of synthetic marijuana illegal by classifying the ingredients found in the mix as illegal controlled substances. However, drug manufacturers have made it a sort of game to stay ahead of law enforcement, by changing the ingredients slightly to avoid the illegal categorization.

Synthetic drugs still create real problems. Synthetic marijuana has a high potential for different levels of abuse, which is why some other countries have even banned it. There aren’t enough medical examinations or treatment purposes being studied in regards to it- not yet at least. Maybe down the road, some things will be changed and some people will be able to use it harmlessly. For now, it’s best to stay clear of anything that will feed the alcoholic demons dwelling within.

Synthesized Drugs Require Real Help

Unfortunately, this warning may not come soon enough to the users that are experiencing negative side effects from synthetic marijuana. Addiction is addiction; and regardless of the drug of choice, this disease is very real. If you are struggling with an addiction to synthetic cannabinoids, now is the time to get help. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

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