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Synthetic Marijuana: Safe, Legal and Addictive?

Over the past few years, while the country has been fixated on opioids, other deadly drugs became pervasive. Opioids are extremely deadly and highly addictive, deserving of much national attention. But it isn’t as if people stopped abusing other dangerous substances, like alcohol and stimulants. What’s more, other harmful substances have been growing in popularity despite the horror stories seen on television. These substances include bath salts and synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as fake weed.

There is good chance that you have heard of violent episodes involving synthetic drugs, stories of people acting in ways that could only be described as psychotic. Although, when people hear the word marijuana associated with something, they are prone to think it’s benign. Well, it is probably fair to say that if traditional marijuana is benign — synthetic cannabis is malignant.

If you have never used a synthetic drug, DO NOT BE FOOLED. Regardless of what the packaging says, the chemicals found in such products are not safe and their legality is questionable to say the least. Use of synthetic marijuana is not only harmful to one’s health, it can be habit forming, leading to both dependence and addiction. Getting off synthetic cannabinoids may require medical detox.

The Risks of Synthetic Marijuana Use

For the time being we’ll set aside the addictive potential of synthetic drugs. Those who use such drugs may never get the option to recover from them, due to the common side effects. Synthetic marijuana, commonly sold under the name Spice or K2, may mimic the plant it steals its name from because it impacts similar brain receptors. However, along with feelings of pleasure, the chemicals can cause dangerous increases in heart rate and blood pressure, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). If that isn’t troubling enough, such chemicals can induce psychosis, violence, and suicidal ideations.

The chemicals are constantly being altered to skirt government bans. When altered, few tests are conducted to determine safety before going to market. What a user experienced before is unlikely to be the same next time around. Users have no way of knowing what is in store for them, when consuming these types of drugs.

Now, back to dependence and addiction. While synthetic marijuana is a bastardization of its traditional namesake, they do have one thing in common—the risk of addiction. NIDA points out that regular synthetic drug users are at risk of dependence, and those who try to abstain can experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Synthetic Marijuana Recovery

The aforementioned symptoms of withdrawal make detoxing a real challenge. Professional help is highly recommended for those who want to break the cycle of synthetic drug addiction. It is also important to keep in mind that those who spurn recovery put their health at great risk. Research indicates that synthetic marijuana can cause acute kidney injury. The longer use continues, the greater the harm.

At Boca Detox Center, we can help you withdraw from synthetic marijuana and start you on the path of long-term recovery. Please contact us today to discuss the next step.

Categories: Drug Detox Center