Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids are chemicals that are manufactured to mimic the characteristics of weed and wrongly marketed as a “safe” alternative to marijuana. The chemicals in these cannabinoids are similar to some of the chemicals found in the marijuana plant. These are sold in two ways. First is herbal incense where the chemical is sprayed on dried or shredded plant material and the second is in liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigs.

The potential effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the brain are far stronger and powerful than marijuana. For this reason, they are categorized as NPS (New Psychoactive Substances), which means they are unregulated for now but can be obtained illegally. False advertising of these substances as being “natural” and “harmless” has led many youngsters to use them for recreation.

K2 Effects on the Brain

Synthetic cannabinoids (K2) affect the same brain cell receptors as the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana called THC. Enough scientific data is not yet available to gauge the exact effects of these substances on the brain, but one thing is clear – synthetic cannabinoids have stronger effects than marijuana, some of which can be unpredictable. Common effects include elation, tranquility, an altered perception of one’s surroundings, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations. Other, more dangerous effects include increased heart rate, kidney damage, seizures, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts caused by a feeling of not being in control. Prolonged use of synthetic cannabinoids can easily turn into addiction, which can lead to long-term physical and psychological damage.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Weed

Synthetic marijuana is also known by the following names listed below:

  • K2: Synthetic cannabinoids are marketed under a variety of brand names. K2 is one the most popular and oldest brand name cannabinoids.
  • Spice: Spice is another popular synthetic cannabinoid that has been around for a while.
  • Black Mamba: Black Mamba has recently made waves in the UK as a commonly used psychotic drug. This synthetic cannabinoid is a cheap alternative to other expensive drugs such as heroin but with strong effects.
  • Bombay Blue: Advertised as, “An exotic blend of Eastern Surprise!” Bombay Blue is a brand name synthetic cannabinoid.
  • Fake Weed: Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured in a laboratory and due to their effects being similar to those of weed or marijuana, it is called Fake Weed as a street slang .
  • Fire: One of the many brand names for synthetic cannabinoid sold as an alternative to illegal substances.
  • Genie: Genie is a brand name synthetic cannabinoid with really strong effects that resemble cannabis.
  • Moon Rocks: Moon Rocks is one of the many names used as a street slang for synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Skunk: A common name used for man-made weed that is similar in effects to naturally occurring cannabis.
  • Smacked: A brand name synthetic marijuana that caused a lot of stir in 2014 when it caused more than 50 cases of overdose in Manchester, New Hampshire.
  • Yucatan: A brand name synthetic marijuana product sold online and on the streets as an alternative to other illicit drugs.
  • Zohai: An herbal incense and a brand name synthetic cannabinoid with similar effects as cannabis but much, much stronger.

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