Synthetic cannabis, also known as spice or K2, has been the topic of numerous news stories, all of which end badly. Cannabis is lucrative, so companies and individuals have attempted to create something resembling weed, all at the detriment of your health. Safe cannabis consumption is a priority, so we are here to help. Let’s define synthetic cannabis, and learn how to identify it.
What is synthetic cannabis?
Before we can help you to identify synthetic cannabis, it’s essential to know what is it. Synthetic cannabis is a man-made mixture of chemicals. Yes, chemicals. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Well, it is.
Unlike the naturally occurring cannabinoids in authentic cannabis, which are processed in the body’s endocannabinoid system, synthetic cannabis aims to replicate a “high” without containing any cannabinoids at all. The body is unable to process the chemicals in synthetic cannabis, which has led to unpredictable behavior, and serious medical conditions.
The different forms of synthetic cannabis
You cannot just be on the lookout for bud that doesn’t “look like” bud. It’s much more complicated than that. Synthetic cannabis comes in many forms. It can be added to tobacco or herbs that resemble cannabis. Additionally, there are synthetic “cannabinoid” vape juices on the market.
Cannabis concentrates are also being tainted with synthetic cannabis chemicals. Lastly, synthetic cannabis can also be sprayed on, so even if it doesn’t look like anything additional has been added to your tobacco, some nasty chemicals may still me on there!
The symptoms of synthetic cannabis use
We all know what an authentic cannabis high looks like. Maybe you’re hanging out playing video games, or going for a hike- these are normal reactions to cannabis. Synthetic cannabis, however, can make people do crazy stuff.
A person who has used synthetic cannabis can experience seizures, severe paranoia, hallucinate, act violently, and even have a heart attack. If someone you know is smoking, and begins acting in a bizarre manner or needs medical attention, get them help.
Know and trust your dealer
The best way to ensure that you won’t be given either synthetic cannabis, or crappy weed sprayed with synthetic cannabis, is to know and trust your dealer.
Ask fellow buyers about his or her reputation, and before purchasing ask him some questions – a good dealer will know their stuff.vIf you don’t trust your dealer, grow your own cannabis if you can.
Lastly, if you live in a medical or recreational state, legally purchase your weed to ensure your safety and the quality of the cannabis you are purchasing!
If you put these three tips to use, you are sure to not only avoid all forms of synthetic cannabis but also stay safe. Synthetic cannabis is illegal, so steer clear from those buying, selling, and using synthetic cannabis – it’s illegal for a reason.