Synthetic Cannabinoids are chemicals that are manufactured to mimic the characteristics of weed and wrongly marketed as a â€œsafeâ€ 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 â€œnaturalâ€ and â€œharmlessâ€ has led many youngsters to use them for recreation.
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 â€“ synthetic cannabinoids have stronger effects than marijuana, some of which can be unpredictable. Common effects include elation, tranquility, an altered perception of oneâ€™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 marijuana is also known by the following names listed below:
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