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Synthetic marijuana use second to marijuana

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, and is a dried herbal mixture sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids. K2 interacts with brain receptors in a way that is said to be similar to marijuana.

Effects of the substance are described as “considerably more potent” than marijuana. The product increases users’ heart rate and blood pressure and has unpredictable effects on one’s moods. More and more people who smoke K2 are reporting to emergency rooms and poison-control centers with symptoms ranging from anxiety, hypertension and vomiting to seizures, severe paranoia and hallucinations. 

Even though many of the synthetic compounds used to create the herbal mixture have been banned by the DEA, makers of the drug switch to similar compounds to get around the law and continue selling their products. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, more than 100 such substances have been synthesized and identified to date.

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Written by: Lisa Callaham, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Posted: Oct 30, 2012 by Lisa Callaham

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