The natural compounds found in the cannabis plant are known as cannabinoids. Surprisingly, the human body also produces it, known as endocannabinoids. One of the best known forms is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the active ingredient in marijuana that produces the psychoactive effects. THC affects the user by interacting with receptors in the brain and central nervous system to give a sense of euphoria, relaxation and well-being.
Additionally, there are synthetic man-made cannabinoids. These products gained popularity because they can be purchased legally at any convenience store, online, or on the street. The most popular of these products are known as K2 and Spice. Since these products are relatively new on the drug scene, and can have serious and life-threatening effects on users.
When synthetic forms first went on the market they were believed to be made from natural herbs and were considered safe. Studies since then have shown that this is not the case. Many of these products contain a variety of unsafe, unnatural chemicals that can have devastating effects on the human body.
Why are These Cannainoids Dangerous?
One of the main dangers of synthetic forms is that the euphoric effects are often delayed. This could lead to the user taking even more of the product in order to get the desired effect sooner, and this could result in overdose.
Other common side effects of synthetic cannabinoids include elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rate, paranoia, hallucinations, and anxiety. As with any drug, there is a long list of side effects that can appear with even limited use. Each person will react differently to the drug and the best way to avoid complications is simply to avoid using the drugs.
Another potential hazard of these synthetic drugs is that many users will combine these with other drugs or with alcohol. They mistakenly believe these drugs are harmless and this could be a deadly experiment for the individual.
Innocent Sounding Names/Deadly Consequences
Although studies are still on-going regarding the effects of synthetic cannabinoids, there is evidence to support the fact that these products can be addictive. Prolonged use can result in withdrawal symptoms similar to those of narcotic addiction, producing strong cravings.
There appears to be a link between synthetic forms and psychosis. This may be due to the fact that the synthetic components lack an anti-psychotic chemical known as cannabidiol that is found in the natural plant. For this reason, anyone with risk factors for psychosis should not use synthetic products such as these because the results could be disastrous.
Don’t be misled by the innocent sounding names of the synthetic forms. It’s hard to imagine that something called “Spice” could be dangerous, so do some research before using any of these products. Knowledge about the dangers of these products could save your life. If you have already begun using synthetic cannabinoids or natural ones and fear you may have trouble stopping, call today and let us help.