I’m sure by now you’ve read the horror stories surrounding the so-called “ Synthetic Marijuana ”. The problem is, that synthetic marijuana is not marijuana at all. Though there are some similarities when it comes to the chemical structure of the activated compound…the substances are in fact completely different.
Today, we’ll be making the case why we should be calling synthetic marijuana by its real name(s) – Spice or K2.
What is Synthetic Marijuana
Seeing that smoking a joint with THC could land you in jail, a few chemists decided to make psychoactive substances that aren’t technically illegal. Considering that the government can only enforce what is written in the law, if you were to modify a chemical to become something else, you can bypass the laws.
This is exactly what happened with K2, Spice and a slew of other designer drugs.
As mentioned, these are concoctions made in a lab, then shipped out by the barrel to people who use herbs and douse it with the chemical. This means that “synthetic marijuana” does not come from a plant. This is the first distinction you need to make.
How Dangerous is Synthetic Marijuana
Mixing K2 or Spice with hard alcohol is probably one of the worst things you could do. Increased heart rate, shortness of breath occur within minutes after smoking these substances.
This means that these substances actually affect the respiratory system and can shut down your heart. If you haven’t seen the videos on the Internet about people who smoked too much of K2/Spice, do so…and you’ll notice how the effects of the substances differ entirely from marijuana.
This is the second point you must consider.
Why call it Synthetic Marijuana?
The risk profile of cannabis is very low. Associating K2/Spice with marijuana was the easiest way to break in the new substance onto the market. Counts of stoners went and bought this with the hopes of finding a legal alternative to getting high.
Most serious stoners realized immediately that this is not marijuana. Nonetheless, there are many people out in the world being fooled into believing that this substance has anything to do with marijuana.
It doesn’t! All you need to do is understand that cannabis and K2 are completely different and that when anyone ever says, “want to smoke some synthetic marijuana”, you can tell them…it’s not marijuana at all!
For those considering to smoke synthetic marijuana…don’t. It’s dangerous, stupid and super unhealthy!