Reports of both teens and young adults being sent into hospital due to negative reactions from a synthetic marijuana called ‘spice’ has been on-going for a few years now. A recent rise in reports has lead to the DEA declaring the 5 most commonly used synthetic compounds as schedule one narcotics.
Despite the synthetic marijuana now being declared illegal under state law, demand for it is still rising. In fact, demand is so high that spice-related hospital visits have more than quadrupled since early 2014.
Hospitals are begging to question what it is that is causing the huge spike in spice-related patients. Officials are unsure whether the dramatic increase in use of the synthetic is due to the spice simply becoming more popular, widespread and easier to get a hold of, or whether it is an actual change to the compound that makes the product either much better, to insure more use, or much worse, to cause more injury.
According to the AAPCC, since the begging of the year to April 29th, poison control centers have received a total of 2,365 calls regarding some sort of arduous effect to the synthetic marijuana.
Director of the Louisiana Poison Center, Mark Ryan, claims that one of the most commonly noted chemicals seen to be involved with the synthetic related cases is mab-chminaca.
One of the biggest issues involved with the synthetic is the fact that the ultimate build of the compound is constantly changing, ingredients and chemical consistency is never the same. This causes great deal to both the user and the doctors who are trying to repair the damage done by this idiot act. The user will never know exactly what he is taking, nor will he know how much he should Indore. As for the doctors, they must be prepared to find out what exactly was in the compound, how much was taken and how to deter it.
“The people in the emergency rooms don’t know what to test for,” Dr. Eric Wish, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland says. “When you tweak a molecule, you don’t know how it’s going to affect the brain. It’s a huge problem for public health.”
Some of the common overdose symptoms include; hallucinations, sweating, hyperactivity, psychosis, seizers, skin and eye irritation, agitation and/or anxiety, and in some cases, coma.
Oh, and death.
Alabama’s hospitals alone where greeted with 462 hospital visits from the spice in just over a month. 96 of the patients were hospitalized and 2 of them died.
Something to remember is that most of the people who are taking the product are in their teen years and have no idea what the synthetic marijuana can actually do, are they not informed? Or are they just so called bad-asses? No, stupid.
However, a couple of questions can arise from this article. For example, does declaring something illegal that is hardly used in the first place cause more people to use it? Does it raise awareness?
Another question to be asked is; why is cannabis still illegal? If people are now trying to create fake versions of marijuana, which may I add actually harms the body and mind to an extent were even death can occur then why is the real, almost harmless stuff still illegal? Wouldn’t legalization stop use of the deadly synthetic almost completely?
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Just one more good reason why the real thing needs to be legal. EVERYWHERE, not just “practice/test states”.
The reason its still illegal, is because it would be too hard to lock down in such a way that people would have to purchase rather than grow their own, this would be almost impossible to monopolize as they have done with the alcohol and tobacco industries, which would be destroyed almost overnight if they did indeed legalize, old men in a young world forcing their will upon those whom they can, afraid to drop the reigns for fear of an honest man picking them up.
Just because this stuff is bad does not make cannabis any better. The effects are still pretty horrendous and the older one gets the more of these effects in smokers becomes apparent. New GM cannabis is even worse. It’s not a soft drug folks. Grow up, get real and move on.
Oh Paul, I feel so sorry for you, coz u have that oldschool thinking… its NO drug… pretty sure u drink alcohol at least couple times a week and thats even worse for the human body than weed, trust me man.. i dont drink now for many years, just pot and i feel much better that before!
Oh Newbie, I feel so sorry for you. Man, you live in a dream world. It’s a fact that alcohol is more unhealthy than weed. Still it’s a better argument for criminizing alcohol, than an argument for legalizing weed.
@ Paul Stuart Roberts Mate, please spread your uneducated bullshit elsewhere you ignorant fuck, if you spent any actual time of your pathetic life researching cannibis you’d know full well that its, 1) NEVER caused a human death in recorded history, EVER. 2) Its made 1000’s upon 1000’s of cancer and other life changing/terminal illnesses much easier to live with/through, while making the lives of people whom have no chance to live more much more pleasant than it would have been with fucking radioactive therapy or (chemo). Seriously, your spouting bullshit on a subject you clearly have NO information on, so please, get educated on things you talk shit about or shut the fuck up, its fucking ignorant and uneducated fucks like you, talking shit on a subject you know nothing about, that misguides people of this day and age into thinking something is good or bad when they are in-fact the opposite, prime fucking example? we used to use fucking herione cough medicine, and ignorant fucks like yourself who lived in that period were stupid enough to believe whatever bullshit media force fed you and took this “medicine” and people ended up with permanent physical and mental damage, all because people were uneducated on the matter. Just like you right now, so shut the fuck up and stop spreading nonsensicle bullshit that is simply not true, and proven not to be.
Proof read your article. I stopped reading after the second grammatical error.
Spice was around way before 2014, try 2010
“He who controls the spice controls the universe.”
-Frank Herbert- “dune”
Could you please proof read an article before recklessly posting? Grammatical errors undermine the subject at hand.
The Spice must flow.
At least a spell check.