What is Synthetic Drug Addiction?
When it comes to synthetic drug addiction, there are several distinctive signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. Because of the psychoactive nature of synthetic drugs, these symptoms will differ significantly from the symptoms of other types of drug use. For example, if an individual is using Spice, their symptoms will be entirely different from the symptoms presented by someone who is abusing naturally derived marijuana. If a person is suffering from synthetic drug addiction, it essentially means they can no longer stop drug use without professional intervention and they have started experiencing significant personal consequence at the hands of their drug use.
Types of Synthetic Drugs
Most synthetic drugs are made in a lab and modeled after narcotics or hallucinogens. Some examples of synthetic drugs include synthetic cannabinoids (modeled after marijuana), synthetic cathinones and synthetic hallucinogens. Over the course of the past several years, two main synthetic drugs have been making headlines — bath salts and Spice (K2).
This is the name given to synthetic cathinones, a man-made stimulant drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, bath salts generally take the form of a brown or off-white powder, and are either ingested orally, snorted or smoked. This specific synthetic drug is commonly marketed as a cheap and accessible alternative to other illicit stimulants, like cocaine or methamphetamine. When an individual consumes bath salts, he or she is likely to undergo a wide range of severe physical and psychological symptoms, including paranoia, hallucinations, increased sociability, increased libido, hypersensitivity, panic attacks and violent or agitated behavior.
Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid, designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. Unfortunately, this leads many to mistakenly believe that Spice is a safe alternative to marijuana, when in actuality, it is far more dangerous. This specific synthetic drug is made to look like the dried leaves of the marijuana plant, and is generally consumed by smoking. Psychotic effects of this chemical substance can be severe, and include extreme anxiety and confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.