Synthetic drugs come in many forms and packaging. The chemical manufacturers are always looking for new ways to create a desirable high for paying customers and circumvent the Federal Law and DEA.
These products are small packets of plant-based materials that have treated with cannabinoid substances for a more extreme, accessible high. These legal highs are a difficult subject for users, retailers, and drug authorities. Spice only became available in the US in 2008.
But it has caused havoc since then with new chemical versions being created in labs, overdoses occurring, and poor education on the dangers. Synthetic marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs … Read the rest
In July 2016, more than thirty people were taken to hospital in Brooklyn after suspected drug overdoses. The drugs in question were not high level controlled substances like amphetamines or barbiturates, but a synthetic form of the drug.
They were suspected to have overdosed on a product called Spice.
Spice, otherwise known as a synthetic cannabis, is a big problem in the drug culture, especially in the youth market.
As the name suggests, these drugs are human-made substances with synthetic chemicals. These products are derived from marijuana but have been altered and experimented with to make chemical substances. Most include some concoction of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone.
These chemicals are often sprayed onto the plant-based material to provide a quick, concentrated substance. The drugs are usually then smoked.
There is some understandable anger amongst the marijuana-using community about the term “synthetic marijuana.” It is true that the original components producing the high of these illegal substances were sourced from marijuana.
However, the result and the many brands that have form since having little relation to the real thing. It is possible to smoke those synthetic forms like you would be joint. It is also true that they do come in plant-based materials. For many cannabis supporters, this is where the similarities end.
Marijuana is natural, cultured and used as it was intended. There is a reason why some refer to it like the weed. These synthetic drugs are human-made substances where chemical components are combined to the mixture.
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