Synthetic Marijuana: An Alarming Epidemic. Here’s How To Combat It

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Will legalizing real marijuana eliminate the desire for synthetic weed?

Does removing synthetic marijuana address the core issue at hand?

My video response below:

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People will always use marijuana. There is no stopping its usage. Marijuana is the least problematic of all illicit drugs. Australia recently legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Yet it remains illegal in many states and countries.

Prohibition has pushed people towards a greater evil: synthetic marijuana. Synthetic weed is often referred to as “herbal weed”, “incense”, and “pot pourri”. Brand names include K2Spice, Dark Horse, Tornado, Black Magic, Kush, Marley, Purple Haze, Pineapple Haze, Medusa, Black Magic, Kronic, and Black Dragon.

Synthetic marijuana mimics the effects of real weed. Scientists believe that synthetic marijuana is far more deadly despite it being easily purchased over a retail counter.

Synthetic cannabis was  invented for scientific research. Researchers stated that they could never understand why someone would use it for recreation. Due to its deadly toxicity people who use it must be “idiots”.

Brand packaging states that the substance is herbal.It’s full of synthetic chemicals and solvents. The “not for human consumption” warning that comes on the packet is the only accurate claim. Synthetic marijuana does not contain THC, which is the active ingredient in real marijuana and the ingredient that is illegal. This is why it’s available over retail counters.

Smoke stores, tobacconists and sex shops sell it.  It is problematic legally because by the time the authorities are able to ban ingredients of one specific synthetic product, manufacturers are able to tweak ingredients to remove what has recently been outlawed and release it for sale. In Australia the only state to not enforce a blanket ban on synthetic weed is Victoria.

People that smoke synthetic marijuana often believe it is safer than it really is due to its retail availability. Users claim that synthetic marijuana appeals because of its accessibility (real weed can be hard to source at times). Synthetic weed does not come up on drug tests. This allows a person to consume product as often as they want and it won’t interfere with work related drug tests.

Users have also favored its potency, which has been described as much more intense than real marijuana. Users will often claim that usage is acceptable as long as it’s done in moderation. They will use any excuse to shift accountability or to excuse their bad habit.

Medical scientists warn that no usage is acceptable. They do not know what the long term affects will be, however the short term affects are worrying. Proven affects thus far include:

  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Agitation, anxiety, and paranoia.
  • Psychosis.
  • Aggressive and violent behaviour.
  • Chest Pain.
  • Night Sweats.
  • Vomiting.
  • Kidney Damage.
  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Death (a number of synthetic marijuana related deaths are on record so far ).

People with existing medical conditions and mental health disorders are especially vulnerable to the substance’s effects. Synthetic weed has a specific way of affecting the brain. THC only partially activates receptors on brain cells unlike synthetic weed which works with maximum efficiency over the brain cells.

A synthetic overdose is akin to someone who has overdosed on amphetamines, which is not the case with a real pot user who has over indulged. They are generally interactive and mellow.

Synthetic weed itself is a problem. I don’t believe that any kind of usage is acceptable. I’ve always been disturbed by people who will ingest substances without knowing anything about its content. Users have either no care or concern for the health and/or have self destructive tendencies. People use this product because they have issues that they are trying to escape/hide from. Same old story: ADDICTION.

Removing synthetic weed is a start but it doesn’t solve the issue of addiction. If these users can’t get their hands on synthetic weed, the majority will take on another illicit substance.

Coming off synthetic weed is similar to a heroin detox. The physical need goes within 4-5 days. It is the emotional and psychological addiction that is the harder battle. Beyond a substance ban society needs to get better at helping its people deal with addiction itself. This is the key to a less chemically induced society. Easier said than done but it’s the only way……

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  1. @annbowyer Correct and this is the big challenge. How do we get individuals to be able to deal with the daily grind of life and its many pitfalls without retreating to substances? How do we work on eroding the addictive nature of a personality?

    1. The ‘addictive personality’ is actually a colloquial term that is used to describe someone who has a tendency towards addictive behaviour. This is usually a combination of both heredity and environment. In other words, our inherited genes do play a part, but environmental factors can either exacerbate or modify what is passed down to us via our genes. Our social environment, family and individual personality all play a part.A good website that goes into this process more fully, and gives details of treatment options, is: http://www.recovery.org/topics/addictive-personality-disorder/

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      1. @annbowyer thanks so much for the link! Totally agree with you. Yes environment is a big factor and gaining that will to triumph over the addiction itself is the mass hurdle. It can be done. I have seen people achieve it and its marvellous to watch.

  2. Couldn’t agree more. Having led a number of Teen Challenge courses for those who are dealing with all kinds of addictions has helped me to understand addictive behaviours and tendencies. Removing the substance may be a start, but it certainly doesn’t resolve the core problem. And today increasing numbers of people are retreating into escapism because they see themselves as incapable of dealing with the escalating problems they face on a day to day basis.

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