Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana\r\nSynthetic marijuana contains a man-made chemical called a\u00a0synthetic cannabinoid. These mimic the effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the main active ingredient in cannabis or marijuana. Since 2009, the use of synthetic marijuana has spread across the United States. Unfortunately, people who consume this addictive drug expose themselves to a range of\u00a0serious, severe or even fatal\u00a0mental and physical health complications. Let\u2019s take a closer look at this growing problem.\r\nWhat Is Synthetic Marijuana?\r\nSynthetic marijuana was created in laboratories by\u00a0researchers studying the impact of THC. In addition, their use quickly spread beyond these controlled settings and entered the world of illicit and illegal substances. Synthetic marijuana is now added to hundreds of plant-based products that go by names such as:\r\n\r\n \tK2\r\n \tSpice\r\n \tKronic\r\n \tKush\r\n \tJoker\r\n\r\nTo avoid action from federal agencies, manufacturers market these products as incense or potpourri. Also, with the rise of e-cigarettes, some manufacturers have also started selling synthetic cannabinoids in liquid form.\r\nWhy Is It Dangerous?\r\nWhile synthetic cannabinoids mimic the basic effects of THC, they are much stronger. Any given chemical in this group is at least twice as potent as THC. In addition, some chemicals exceed the potency of THC by 10 times or more. This means that anyone who uses synthetic marijuana receives a larger dose of active ingredients than using actual marijuana. To make things worse, products that contain synthetic marijuana are not monitored or regulated in any way. This means that people who use these products have no idea which specific cannabinoid they\u2019re consuming. They also have no idea about the potency of a product or how much cannabinoid it contains per dose. For these reasons, each incidence of synthetic marijuana use resembles Russian roulette.\r\nWhat Can Happen to You?\r\nBecause it accesses the same part of the brain as THC, synthetic marijuana produces some of the same basic effects. Because these manmade chemicals are stronger than THC, they produce more intense forms of these brain changes. This fact helps explain the growing popularity of synthetic marijuana. Unfortunately, it also explains why synthetic marijuana poses such a danger.\r\n\r\nPsychosis, Suicidal Thinking and Aggression \u2014 Marijuana has a reputation as a relatively harmless drug. Also, researchers and doctors have long known that heavy users will develop a highly damaging psychosis. Common symptoms of this state include:\r\n\r\n \tPowerful hallucinations\r\n \tDelusional and\/or paranoid thinking\r\n \tInability to form clear thoughts\r\n \tMental agitation\r\n \tSevere anxiety\r\n\r\nSince synthetic marijuana is stronger than THC, synthetic marijuana users have a greater chance of developing psychosis. In addition, synthetic marijuana users also have increased risks for involvement in suicidal thinking or acts of aggression toward other people.\r\n\r\nChanges in Physical Health\u00a0\u2014 Synthetic marijuana can trigger changes in your physical health. The underlying source of risk is the sometimes extreme potency of synthetic cannabinoids. Potential problems include:\r\n\r\n \tNausea\r\n \tVomiting\r\n \tDrastically increased heart rate\r\n \tSpikes in blood pressure\r\n \tMuscle tremors or spasms\r\n \tFull-body seizures\r\n \tCardiac arrest (complete stoppage of the heart)\r\n\r\nIn a worst-case scenario, a person under the influence of synthetic marijuana may stop breathing and die. Also, any of these issues can occur even at very low dosages. Since 2009, poison control centers have received thousands of calls about users in serious physical distress.\r\n\r\nAddiction \u2014 Addiction is a risk for habitual or heavy users. Since synthetic marijuana acts on the brain in the same way as THC, the same risk of addiction is present. Anyone who regularly uses this drug can develop symptoms of addiction. These may include the onset of withdrawal when consumption stops.\u00a0Indications of\u00a0withdrawal\u00a0in a synthetic marijuana user include:\r\n\r\n \tDepressed state of mind\r\n \tAnxious state of mind\r\n \tUnusually irritable state of mind\r\n \tHeadaches\r\n\r\nIf you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms or addiction that is affecting your life, Promises Treatment Center can help. Our highly experienced staff of medical and behavioral health professionals is ready to help you\u00a0get your life back on track. We\u2019re here for you, and we want to help. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation.