Marketed as an alternative to pot, products like K2, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Blaze, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and etc. are drugs that are only marijuana by name, but have virtually nothing in common.  As with any new drug that hits the scene, kids are suckers for advertising, peer-pressure, and risky behavior.  These drugs contain chemicals called cannabimimetics that have zero scientific studies to know how much of it, if any, users can consume without damage to the body.

Reports of side effects from taking synthetic pot drugs include everything from: extreme paranoia and anxiety, aggressive behavior, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, seizures, nausea and vomiting, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, and fainting.

Poison control centers at both the state and federal level are reporting large waves of new calls and reports of episodes pertaining to the use of synthetic marijuana.  As much as 3,114 so far in 2015, according to official numbers.

Synthetic marijuana use began all the way back in 2009 and popularity has grown rapidly in the past year.  Some experts believe that producers have been taking advantage of the legalizing of marijuana to peddle their poison to the youth who are to ignorant to know the difference between the two.

If you know anyone who has used synthetic marijuana, it is important that you call your local poison control center to get advice on what to watch for and what you can do to treat them at home, or if they should see a hospital right away.  You should call 911 immediately if they stop breathing, pass out, or have a seizure.  These drugs can quickly destroy the kidneys and liver, along with causing brain damage directly and indirectly, due to loss of oxygen.

Synthetic weed is one of the grossest and most harmful drug created in recent history.  It was created for research purposes and despite early calls for awareness on how dangerous they are, the drugs have only increased in popularity.  Some states, like New Hampshire have declared a state of emergency in response to the number of patients going to the hospital.  A recent teen died after being put into a coma from an overdose. And with more good healthy real actually genuine article weed floating around than ever, there’s no reason to get in a coma for a high.

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