The Dangerous Effects of Synthetic Cannabis

Posted by | Alcohol and Drug Use | September 14, 2015

Synthetic marijuana, or cannabis, is a trendy drug that is gaining more popularity among students and addicts. Despite its popularity, it is essentially bad news for anyone who chooses to use it.

Spice is known as a designer drug. Designer drugs are those that are made to have similar effects as other illegal drugs, such as marijuana, but have been altered just enough to keep it legal. It’s important to know that designer drugs are created by humans, not nature, and the ingredients in these drugs are often being manipulated so that they can remain legal. The makers of designer drugs will continue to make alterations to the drug’s ingredients in order to stay one step ahead of the law.  These alterations include using all sorts of ingredients that aren’t natural at all. In fact, if you ask a user of Spice, he or she will often report that they’re not sure what’s in it. Sadly, ingredients such as lighter fluid and even household cleaning products are reported to be in the drug!

Sadly, the legality of this drug creates confusion. It’s easy for people to believe that because it is legal it may not cause serious harm. Yet, just like with any drug, there are severe consequences, including drop in work performance, absences from work, behavioral concerns, relationship problems with friends and family, among others. Of course, an addiction to the drug might develop. Furthermore, spice is a serious drug that can cause damage to the body and the brain. For this reason, it is considered to be a Schedule I drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), along with heroin, marijuana, and LSD.

Although spice might lead to experiences of euphoria, it can also cause vomiting, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, reddening of the eyes, seizures, and hallucinations. Many of those who use the drug also report an inability to concentrate, impaired memory, and sensations of cold hands and feet.

Because spice is a drug that is smoked, just like traditional marijuana, there might also be problems with coughing, throat and lung infections, and reduced breathing capacity. Of course, combining the drug with tobacco use can increase the potential for addiction, not to mention worsen the effects on the lungs.

Although everyone should stay away from the drug, there are certain people who might be more at risk should they decide to use the drug. These are those who have an existing heart or lung concern. Anyone who has a mental illness should also do their best to avoid the drug. Spice use can foster paranoia, psychosis, and depression. Therefore, those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and clinical depression might be at more risk if they experience the drug.

Sadly, this drug is widely available. In addition to some smoke shops, spice is even available at some gas stations. If you or someone you know is smoking spice, contact a mental health provider for assistance. Doing so might prevent further harm and future consequences.

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