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Fake Pot Sends Thousand to Emergency Rooms

Posted on July 16, 2013 in Research & News

Fake Pot Sends Thousand to Emergency RoomsThe terms “legal” and “safe” are not synonymous. While some of the latest versions of synthetic marijuana may not yet be banned by law, the side effects of these drugs are no less dangerous that those that have been. Authorities are particularly concerned about misconceptions that adolescents may have about fake pot.

One type of synthetic marijuana known by the names of Spice, K2, and various other aliases, was only recently classified as a controlled substance by the DEA. Until that point, it had become very popular with teens because it was easily accessible at local convenience stores and gas stations.

But experts say that fake pot, which consists of cannabinoids originally meant for pain management, may have more potency than THC found in marijuana. There is also little research to suggest how these chemicals impact bodily functioning.

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Synthetic Pot Use Leads to Emergency Medical Care

Posted on December 24, 2012 in Research & News

Synthetic Pot Use Leads to Emergency Medical CareWhile the Internet is buzzing with the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado, those who want pot for recreational use are becoming more creative in their attempts to use the illegal drug.

Often called “Spice” on the street, a synthetic substance designed to mimic the effects of cannabis is leading to increased emergency department visits, according to a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Tests Only Find Marijuana in “Face-Chewer’s” System

Posted on September 4, 2012 in Marijuana Addiction

The Miami-Dade county medical examiner recently released a report that showed the Florida man who was shot because he was chewing on another man’s face had only consumed marijuana.

Earlier speculation pointed toward a possible use of stimulants such as bath salts. The victim in the attack was left horribly disfigured and a Miami police official had speculated that Eugene, the attacker, might have been under the influence of the so-called bath salts when officers shot and killed him.

There has been a ton of theories surrounding what drugs the man might have taken to produce such strange behaviors. The toxicology report only showed marijuana and no alcohol, prescription or street drugs, according to one article.

The Miami department says they have ruled out common components that are typically found in bath salts which can mirror the effects of methamphetamine and cocaine.

An outside lab that does forensic toxicology reports took a second peek at the Miami report and also confirmed that there were no bath salts, LSD or synthetic marijuana as well. However, another expert of toxicology testing believes that marijuana by itself would not cause Eugene’s strange behavior.

Today’s problem is that there are infinite numbers of chemical substances that can cause unusual behaviors, according to Dr. Bruce Goldberger at the University of Florida. Eugene’s brother, Marckenson Charles recently spoke in an interview and said whatever triggered his brother’s behavior has no answer and his brother did not drink or use drugs other than marijuana.

Goldberger believes the Miami office is known for its thorough work but points out that it is almost impossible for toxicologists to keep pace with all of the new formulations being produced for synthetic drugs.

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President Obama to Sign Ban on Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts

Posted on July 11, 2012 in Research & News

The Senate just gave final approval to put a federal bath on hallucinogenic bath salts and synthetic marijuana. They are now waiting on the approval of President Obama, says Senator Charles Schumer.

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Synthetic Marijuana Proves More Dangerous Than the Real Thing

Posted on March 7, 2012 in Marijuana Addiction

Synthetic marijuana is also known as K2 or Spice and is a sort of false pot that is really nothing like the real thing. It is legal and also easily available to children but is also a much bigger threat to their health.

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New Danger Associated with Bath Salts

Posted on January 26, 2012 in Street Drug Addiction

As bath salts are gaining popularity as a street drug, healthcare workers are rushing to accommodate the dangers associated with use. Though bath salts are technically legal, they are highly toxic and their use can result in a rush to the emergency room.

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Study Finds Synthetic Cannabis More Potent than Natural Counterpart

Posted on December 27, 2011 in Marijuana Addiction

Synthetic cannabis products known as Spice are often attractive for those who believe they are avoiding the harmful effects of marijuana by turning to a man-made product. New research suggests this thinking is in error and Spice use could pose a risk for psychosis.

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Designer Drugs Driving Users to Emergency Rooms

Posted on December 23, 2011 in Research & News

Traditional reports concerning emergency room visits due to drug abuse focused on drugs such as cocaine, heroin or LSD. Today, the attention must go to the use and abuse of what we once considered household drugs.

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New Designer Drugs – A High-Risk High

Posted on December 12, 2011 in Research & News

Emergency room physicians around the nation are reporting a disturbing trend. Kids are showing up under the influence of a stimulant known popularly as “bath salts”. The young people are arriving at the hospital E.R. in states of agitation, violence and psychosis so extreme that often an entire team of health workers is required simply in order to restrain them.

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Man-Made Marijuana May Cause Heart Attacks

Posted on November 12, 2011 in Marijuana Addiction

Synthetic marijuana may be causing heart attacks among teenagers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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