The Danger and Risk of Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Danger and Risk of Synthetic Cannabinoids

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids

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.

Synthetic cannabis is marketed under different brand names since 2004. Spice was the earliest in a series of synthetic cannabis products sold in many European countries. Since then a number of similar products have been developed, such as Kronic, Northern Lights, Mojo, Lightning Gold, Blue Lotus and Godfather. 

Developed by coating bulk plant material with man-made molecules designed to activate the same cell receptor sites as the cannabis plant, it is difficult to tell exactly from what synthetic marijuana is made without lab testing.

The mystery molecules are anything but a mystery when it comes to knowing what is wreaking havoc on your body and creating potentially fatal results. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, hospitalizations and poisonings caused by synthetic marijuana increased significantly between 2010 and 2015.

Depending on the molecule used in the synthetic, they may not only be more potent but may also affect parts of the body that traditional THC does not sending your body into a state it cannot recover from.

The list of potentially fatal outcomes from synthetic cannabis  include stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, seizures, and internal bleeding. 

Like anything in our current world, we should be evaluating consumption of items based on their wholeness and natural make-up. Be informed and be educated about your cannabis options.

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