Synthetic Cannabis ER Visits On The Rise

Synthetic Cannabis ER Visits On The Rise; Stoner News

Even with the rise of cannabis reform, synthetic cannabis (also called K-2 or spice) is still a rampant problem in the Denver area as well as other parts of the country. In fact, the reports of synthetic cannabis ER visits has increased exponentially. In 2013, between August 21 and September 19, there were at least 263 people that were admitted and had ingested the fake cannabis product. The symptoms are severe, resulting in seizures and irregular heartbeats. Ten percent of those that ended up in the ER were sent to the intensive care unit.


This information is courtesy of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and done by the Colorado School Of Medicine and would seem enough to ban the sale of synthetic cannabis. But alas, it’s not so. The fake pot is sold everywhere from gas stations to tattoo shops, sometimes even at the head shops that we so often frequent to pick up new glass. Since the sale of synthetic narcotics isn’t allowed, the sale of these products is technically illegal but yet a blind eye is turned simply because the packaging reads “Not for human consumption”. Everyone knows what the product is being used for but yet it is still sold, at great risk to those who use it.


Synthetic cannabis has been behind many reports in the news regarding violent reactions. The substance can cause delirium, seizures, and stroke in users of all ages, so don’t think that just because you’re young, you’re safe. There has been a rise of the use of synthetic drugs such as fake pot over the past five years, probably in correlation with the crack down on marijuana users and the amount of young people that are on probation and even those who are in the military. If you look up “synthetic cannabis in the news” on Google, there are multiple reports of awful things happening to people that are smoking synthetic cannabis. From parents that drowned their 3-year-old daughter to a man eating his pet dog, this substance should not only be banned from any sale but avoided at all costs.


As already stated, even the legalization of real cannabis hasn’t brought down the amount of spice that gets sold. It is basically a legal narcotic. People buy it in wholesale and resell it at an incredible markup. The effects are terrifying and can leave a lasting effect on the user. It’s problems like these that the government should be addressing, as it sweeps through the nation causing hundreds of problems. While cannabis helps people to live happier lives yet people get thrown in jail for using it, fake weed is a plague that is seriously hurting people surrounding it.

Synthetic Cannabis ER Visits On The Rise; Stoner News

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal

By this point, most people are familiar with the new synthetic cannabis product that is referred to as “spice”. When the product first came out, consumers were smoking it like marijuana, as it’s said to be a similar compound as THC. The product bears a clear label that reads “not for human consumption” but since marijuana is illegal and this stuff was being sold in gas stations, people over the age of 18 were able to obtain it legally.


As the spice continued to sell on the market, it became apparent that it’s effects may or may not be dangerous. People began to experience the serious side effects, which include seizures, mental instability, violent tendencies, and eventually a dependency to the drug. Yes, I consider spice a drug. It is a vile substance that masquerades as a life improving substance when all it does is deteriorate brain matter and cause problems. After a while, when the effects of spice became known, police began to raid stores that were lax in their selling laws. Stores that blatantly spoke of consuming the spice by smoking were busted and it looked like people would stop using the fake pot.

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Unfortunately, since late August, there has been a serious outbreak of synthetic marijuana sickness erupt in Colorado, which is odd since the legalization of marijuana just passed there. More than 150 people have fallen ill and possibly even three deaths. Hospitals all over the state have been filing reports of patients arriving in varying states of delirium, anger, dizziness, and unresponsiveness. Most of the people hospitalized were teenagers, which might makes sense since medical marijuana isn’t available to those under 18.


While legalizing marijuana might help the community we live in, there will always be something to take it’s place. Synthetic drugs are unbelievably bad for you, sometimes worse than the real thing. It’s ridiculous that this substance is still sold, yet everyone recognizes that people are ingesting it. Can you imagine if you got sold a bag of fake pot? While most seasoned smokers know the difference between the real shit and trash, what about a younger kid who doesn’t know? His experience with marijuana will forever be a bad one because he smoked some fake stuff that caused him to become extremely paranoid and sick.


To sell a product like this while knowing what it does to the people who buy it is totally wrong. Even the man who created the spice, a professor of organic chemistry named John William Huffman, doesn’t condone the use of it. He has been quoted saying “I’m concerned it will hurt people… It bothers me that people are so stupid as to use this stuff”. The compounds in the fake pot were made for scientific purposes, not the be consumed by 16 year old kids that are mad that they can’t buy weed at the dispensary down the street.

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal