By: Shannon Persad
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What Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?
Today, there are many trends that can be hard to keep up with. In the United States, there’s already the opioid epidemic, alongside various drugs becoming more dangerous, such as cocaine mixed with synthetic opioids.
Marijuana is the second most used substance besides alcohol, amongst both adults and teens. Synthetic cannabinoids have hit the scene, but what are synthetic cannabinoids?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
“Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. These products are also known as herbal or liquid incense. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant. Because of this similarity, synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” (or “fake weed”), and they are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug. In fact, they are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana; their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in some cases, more dangerous or even life-threatening.”
Are Synthetic Cannabinoids Safe?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe:
- “There are no standards for making, packaging, or selling synthetic cannabinoid chemicals. That means that two packets of a brand-named product may have completely different chemicals.
- The amount of the synthetic cannabinoid chemical(s) can vary between batches or even within the same batch.
- Synthetic cannabinoid products may also be contaminated with other drugs or toxic chemicals, such as synthetic cathinones (“bath salts,” “flakka”).”
Unfortunately, those who may be addicted to marijuana may find themselves dabbling in synthetic cannabinoids. Like most synthetic drugs, there is a high risk of the substance mixed with even more harmful substances that may lead to death.
How to Get Help for Substance Abuse
If you or someone you know is suffering from marijuana addiction or any other substance abuse, contact ATSI at 1-(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.