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Synthetic marijuana is a very dangerous drug and one of the popular legal highs. The drought of any plant is sprayed with solutions of synthetic cannabinoids, which significantly increases the impact of the substance, often causing a number of side effects: feeling unreal, hallucinations, loss of control over one's behavior, aggression, heart palpitations. See how synthetic marijuana works and what symptoms can be caused by taking even a minimal amount of the drug.


  1. Synthetic marijuana - what does it look like?
  2. Synthetic marijuana - administration routes
  3. Synthetic marijuana - effects and symptoms
  4. Synthetic marijuana - legal situation

Synthetic marijuanais a herbal blend intended to replace the natural form of marijuana. However, it is much more dangerous because the dried plants used in its production are soaked in chemical additives - cannabinoids. The effects of these substances have not yet been scientifically tested and are completely unpredictable.

It is also not known what doses of synthetic marijuana give the effect of only a strong "kick" and which lead to the occurrence of anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. For this reason, the drug can be easily overdosed, which in turn leads to side effects that are dangerous to he alth and life.

Synthetic marijuana - what does it look like?

Synthetic marijuana, like most legal highs, is sold as dried plants. In many countries, it appears under various names, including: Spice, K2, Yucatan Fire, Scooby Snax, Sexy Monkey. The afterburner, which in July 2015 was the cause of the poisoning wave in Poland - Mocarz - also belongs to the group of synthetic cannabinoids.

Synthetic marijuana - administration routes

The way of administering the afterburner is the same as in the case of regular marijuana - the dried fruit is made into a twist and burned out. However, the synthetic version of the drug is much more potent, and the psychedelic effect occurs even with minimal amounts of a few milligrams.

Therefore, even people who have had previous experience with psychoactive substances often unknowingly exceed safe doses.

Synthetic marijuana - effects and symptoms

The cannabinoids in synthetic marijuana act on the same receptors in the brain as THC. In the case of pure marijuana, there may be slight hallucinations, a sedative, and sometimes stimulating effect. The effect of cannabinoids on the brain, however, is much stronger than that of THC and can have dire effects.

A lot of information on this subject can be found in the accounts of people who have tried the drug. In most cases, these are scary stories that show how destructively synthetic marijuana affects the brain and how it drastically changes the perception of reality.

They are not uncommon:

  • feeling completely unreal,
  • loss of control over your behavior,
  • seeing the world in pieces or being trapped in another dimension,
  • psychosis,
  • paranoia,
  • hallucinations,
  • extreme anxiety states,
  • aggression,
  • suicidal thoughts that may turn into actions.

There are also physical symptoms:

  • heart palpitations,
  • increase your heart rate up to 180 beats per minute,
  • sudden pressure surge,
  • extreme agitation,
  • uncontrolled body movements,
  • convulsions,
  • vomiting,
  • kidney damage.

In extreme cases, people under the influence of synthetic marijuana are said to have superhuman strength - this is because the substance strongly stimulates and at the same time abolishes the pain sensation.

It happens that people after taking synthetic cannabinoids demolish fences, run naked in the street, block traffic or attack pedestrians.

Consumption of synthetic marijuana, especially in larger amounts, may not only cause the above-mentioned symptoms, but may also cause cardiac arrest and death.

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Synthetic marijuana - legal situation

Synthetic marijuana was developed as a replacement for regular marijuana, which is still illegal in many countries. Possession of a toxic mixture is legally permissible and does not have any legal consequences. In addition, synthetic marijuana cannot be detected by drug testing.

Many people are encouraged by these arguments to reach for a dangerous afterburner, because this way they do not risk legal consequences. However, not everyone takes into account that the he alth consequences of taking such a drug can be much more serious than in the case of regular marijuana.

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