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The Real Dangers of Synthetic Weed

It ain’t “fake news”. Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, is a dangerous type of designer drug that is made to mimic the effects of marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, synthetic marijuana (synthetic weed, is not a natural substance and is made by spraying chemicals onto plant material. This makes it a dangerous substance that can have serious health consequences for those who use it.

One of the main reasons why synthetic weed is so dangerous is that it is often much stronger than natural marijuana. This is because the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana are often much more potent than the active ingredients in natural marijuana. As a result, users of synthetic weed can experience much more intense and unpredictable effects than they would with natural marijuana.

Another reason why synthetic marijuana is so dangerous is that it can have serious side effects. These can include seizures, hallucinations, and even death. This is because the chemicals used to make synthetic weed can be toxic and can cause serious damage to the body. In addition, because synthetic weed is often sold illegally, users may not know what they are getting or how much of the drug they are taking, which can increase the risk of overdose.

Finally, synthetic weed is dangerous because it is often marketed as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. This can lead people to believe that it is a harmless substance, when in fact it is anything but. This can result in people using synthetic marijuana without realizing the risks involved, which can have serious consequences for their health and well-being.

Synthetic marijuana is not a safe alternative. It is a dangerous substance that can have serious health consequences for those who use it. It is much stronger than natural marijuana, can have serious side effects, and is often marketed as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. As such, it is important for people to be aware of the risks involved with synthetic weed and to avoid using it altogether.

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3 Reasons Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Dangerous

Synthetic marijuana and designer drugs have become increasingly popular in recent years—especially among teens and young adults. While many people believe these synthetic drugs are safer and less harmful, they could cause more damage than the “real thing.”

One example of this is synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana contains over 30 different chemical compounds. These chemicals can quickly wreak havoc within the body. They can cause vomiting, nausea, breathing issues, and even loss of consciousness.

So, what makes synthetic marijuana so dangerous?

1. The Doses Are Inconsistent

Synthetic marijuana typically ships in from other countries. The synthetic cannabinoids mix with dried vegetation to create a finished product. But, it’s an imprecise practice.

There isn’t just one place where this happens—it’s happening in different warehouses and plants across the country. So, there isn’t any consistency from one “company” to the next, and you truly never know what dosage you’re going to get.

The process doesn’t allow for the opportunity to measure out precise amounts of certain chemicals. As a result, each “dose” is different. You may have a weak dose one time and an incredibly strong one the next.

What’s the problem with that? Not only could you start to use it more because you think you need a stronger dose, but you could end up a getting a batch that’s so strong it causes severe physical side effects.

 

2. You Don’t Know Exactly What You’re Getting

Because of the way synthetic cannabinoids are processed and packaged, you’ll never know which specific cannabinoids you’re getting in any individual dose.

Remember, there are different types of cannabinoids, to begin with. On top of that, it’s not uncommon for producers to mix them with other synthetic materials, including other harmful drugs.

Additionally, because there isn’t any regulation, they could be laced with almost anything; even household chemicals and solvents. The uncertainty of these additions is the scary part. Even one dose could cause serious health problems. It may even be fatal. There have been some reports of rat poison mixing in with synthetic marijuana.

3. They Can Cause Mental Health Issues

Some of the chemicals in synthetic marijuana have been linked to mental health problems as well as physical symptoms. While synthetic marijuana may be able to give you a high, it can also cause feelings of agitation, anxiety, and paranoia.

In some cases, these symptoms can become quite extreme. It’s an interesting bit of irony since people often associate traditional marijuana with relaxation.

Understand the Impact

Synthetic marijuana didn’t start as a bad thing or some type of underground drug. It was initially a research tool. Scientists created it to help find out how cannabinoid receptors within the brain work.  Then, researchers could learn how to better treat different physical and/or mental health issues. If it was only made for its original purpose today, synthetic marijuana could have been very helpful in the health and wellness industry.

Unfortunately, now that it’s on the market, people use and abuse it in ways that make it dangerous. The risks are even greater for the younger audience that seems to have the most interest in trying it.

Synthetic marijuana can have a big impact on your life if you’re using it. If you know someone who is using, it’s important to talk to them about the dangers and risks as soon as possible.

If you want to know more about these risks or you aren’t sure how to approach someone about it, feel free to contact me. Or, visit here to learn more about how I can help.

We can work on different useful strategies for talking to someone about any kind of drug use—especially one they may not think is causing any harm.

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Synthetic and Designer Drugs

Counseling for Synthetic and Designer Drugs

Synthetic and designer drugs are often newly-created versions and adaptations of illicit drugs. Sometimes, they are even new substances, manufactured by individuals in labs, or even in homes. These drugs usually are much stronger than their illicit counterparts. The sheer intensity of the substances can cause more devastating effects on the body. One of the most concerning aspects about synthetic and designer drugs is the common use of highly toxic materials as ingredients when making them.

There are three major categories of synthetic drugs:

  1. Synthetic cannabinoids – mimics marijuana
  2. Synthetic stimulants – mimics cocaine, methamphetamine, “bath salts”
  3. Synthetic hallucinogens – mimics LSD

Synthetic/designer drug makers will often give their creation its own brand name. They often market it under such names as: K2, Spice, Vanilla Sky, White Rush, Scarface, etc. Whatever the name, these products are extremely dangerous and can be life-threatening if ingested…even once. Yes. Just a single use can kill you.

Another challenge related to these substances is that they are ever-changing depending on what the individual manufacturing it decides to put in them. The ingredients that are used can be tweaked and changed however the the person making it decides, which can make potentially even more deadly. To make it even more complicated, with the ever growing number of chemicals being developed…these manufacturers genuinely have no way of knowing exactly what their drugs contain.

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Using Synthetic and Designer Drugs Is Extremely Risky

The risks of using synthetic and designer drugs are huge because you never really know what you are taking. When you these these drugs there is a good chance that your body will be altered and you may not function as your normal self after just doing it one time. It can also target select body functions causing them to decline in function with each continued use. The plain truth is that you may not even survive at all, even after one dose. So you have to ask yourself, “Is using this really going to be worth the risk of possibly losing or ruining my life, or the lives of others?” But with so much misinformation out there and a general ignorance to just how lethal these drugs area – the questions rarely get asked. And far too often, younger people become the deadly recipients; giving in to peer pressure or the misinformation they learn on the internet.

Some symptoms of using synthetic drugs may include:

Hallucinations
Aggression
Paranoia
Suicidal thoughts or impulses
Homicidal tendencies
Increased heart rate
Increased blood pressure
Confusion
Vomiting
Heart attack or stroke
Death
Seizures
Self-destructive/violent behavior
Delusions

What Makes Synthetic Drugs So Dangerous

Since synthetic and designer drug makers often change the properties of the original drug counterpart, these drugs typically will have a new, different effect on the brain. They typically also have a different effect on the behaviors of those who ingest them. These new and different effects on the brain/behavior can make drug rehab and counseling more difficult. Each individual who receives treatment and counseling will need to have a different regimen according to how the substance they’ve chosen to ingest has affected their body. The old days of “one path to recovery” as a motto for addiction treatment is simply no longer valid. Treatment centers and professionals who are worth their salt know they have to adapt care to meet the ever-changing problems that arise from an ever-changing and adaptive list of drugs. If the chemistry is ever-changing, how can the care and treatment be successful if it doesn’t change to meet it?

Why Is Synthetic Drug Addiction So Hard To Treat

Most synthetic drugs will end up causing physical damage, psychiatric damage and/or addiction. Once an individual starts using them they will most likely not be able to stop themselves from going back again and again, despite the terrible consequences. Knowing the risks and what they might lose is not enough to keep most addicted people from using again. When addiction reaches this high of a level, there must be some sort of intervention and rehabilitation. This is necessary if the person is going to have the best opportunity for recovery and the support needed to reclaim their life and restore sobriety. People addicted to synthetics/designer drugs often need a structured, treatment environment, medication intervention and working with addiction professionals in order to get them back on the right path.

What to Expect in Treatment for Synthetic and Designer Drug Addiction

With synthetic and designer drugs, expect counseling and rehabilitation to be intensive, structured and thorough. This is needed in order to detoxify the body, create behavior limits, learn new skills, support knew boundaries, address the guilt and shame and curb cravings/urges for the substances. Being inpatient in a facility tailored specifically to treating these addictions can also be very helpful. However, initially they may have severe withdrawal symptoms and behaviors that will have to be managed with medication and other measures that are deemed necessary at the time to ensure their safety.

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Ultimately, drug addiction is a complex and difficult disease affecting the you and everyone in your life. It is up to you to start making the right decisions; ask for help and find the motivation you need in order to make a better life for yourself and the ones you love. Your road to recovery begins with you and your greatest chance of success lies in part on your willingness to accept the change.

Stop.

Breathe.

You CAN do this.

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What Happens After I Finish Treatment?

After detox and inpatient treatment, continuing to work with a seasoned and experienced counselor who specializes in addiction recovery will only increase your chances of helping you reclaim your life. If your loved one is suffering from addiction, be supportive and let them know you care…because it may make all the difference – and get some help for yourself, now. You cannot save them from themselves, but you can learn how to help and how to heal.

Survival is not enough – life is meant for living.

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Ben Carrettin is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He is the owner of Practice Improvement Resources, LLC; a private business which offers an array of specialized counseling, evidenced-based clinical consultation, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and targeted ESI-based services to individuals and businesses.