Synthetic Cannabinoids

Definition - What does Synthetic Cannabinoids mean?

Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made chemicals that are sprayed or applied to plant material that resembles cannabis plants to make it replicate marijuana. The material with the synthetic cannabinoids, which is considered synthetic cannabis, is then smoked or vaporized.

In some cases, natural cannabis concentrates are being tainted by the additions of synthetic cannabinoids because of the addictive properties of the synthetic drugs.

Although synthetic cannabinoids may be labeled as cannabinoids, they bear very little resemblance to the marijuana plant’s naturally occurring cannabinoids. For example, unlike natural cannabis cannabinoids, synthetic cannabinoids have no health benefits.

Hydrolife explains Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids applied to marijuana-look-alike plant material is often called spice, fake pot, or K2. The man-made substance is not processed by the human body’s endocrine system like naturally occurring cannabis cannabinoids. The body typically cannot metabolize the synthetic cannabinoids and they frequently cause unpredictable behavior or addiction in users.

In some cases, synthetic cannabinoids may be dangerous or even life-threatening when ingested. The chemical compounds of the various types of synthetic cannabis products are usually unknown. People using synthetic cannabinoids may experience severe paranoia, seizures, hallucinations, vomiting, suicidal actions, violent behavior, or heart problems.

Even in states where marijuana products are legal for recreational use, the sale and purchase of synthetic cannabinoids remains illegal.

To avoid synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic cannabis, it's important to know and trust your dealer or dispensary staff. Ask them questions, and ask around for their reputation. You can also consider growing your own cannabis.

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