While many of us understand the very real dangers of marijuana amongst American youth and adults, it appears a new and even worse drug has entered the scene. Experts now say that fake marijuana use is a serious problem for teens that parents and teachers must be aware of.
What is Fake Marijuana?
Although coined with a name like “fake marijuana,” synthetic pot is anything but fake. The substance may be man-made and chemically engineered to mimic marijuana (hence the “fake” part), but many experts consider the substance to be even more dangerous than pot itself.
Chemicals called synthetic cannabinoids are sprayed onto a leafy mixture that appears very similar to dried oregano leaves. The ensuing high is described by users in widely different ways—some find it enjoyable and addictive, while others describe it as frightening and mentally disturbing.
Fake marijuana use is a serious problem for teens largely due to the inconsistency present in these drugs. Legislators across America have made attempts to outlaw them completely but thus far have only succeeded with bans of particular chemical ingredients, with the hope that such a ban might prevent further manufacture of synthetic marijuana. Unfortunately, this has pushed drug makers to get creative with the ingredients. Hence, nearly every batch of synthetic marijuana has the potential to be completely different from any others. This puts the adverse effects and risks up on a level akin to a game of Russian roulette.
Synthetic Drugs—How to Spot Them in Your Home
The first thing you should know in spotting synthetic cannabis in your home is what the drug itself looks like. As mentioned above,
Additionally, the foul smell given off from the drug, when smoked, is similar to burnt hair—nothing at all like actual marijuana.
Last, look for brightly colored packages and plastic tubs or tins with any of the following names on them:
Adverse reactions from synthetic marijuana include dizziness, nausea/vomiting, gastrointestinal irregularity, anxiety, seizures, tremors and extreme violence. Watch for signs of any of these conditions and, if you feel something may be up, get help right away.
Prevention is the Best Form of “Treatment”
Every day, new trends and substances emerge which prove to us more and more the importance of employing self-education as a primary method of prevention. Protecting your family and keeping your kids drug-free begins with understanding what today’s threats are exactly, and acting from there.
Take the time to understand what issues plague your local community and schools, and set aside time to talk to your young children/teens about the dangers of “fake marijuana.”
You may also find it beneficial to talk to your child’s school faculty and community leaders to see what local drug preventions efforts could use your help. Even just by simply raising awareness, you could save hundreds of individuals and families from a lifetime of devastation and tragedy at the hands of substance abuse.
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