The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana
In the early 2000’s after medical marijuana became legal in Canada for medical use, a handful of products came on the market called synthetic weed and claimed that they would legally simulate the high from real marijuana. However after several years the Canadian government started to provide warnings and start investigations into these fake weed products. They learned that not only were they misleading, but not safe.
Synthetic marijuana is basically a man-made chemical that is sprayed on something, like incense or some kind of dried plant material. When burned, it is supposed to have the same effects of smoking real grown marijuana. Most of them claim to be all natural, legal, and perfectly safe. They are designed to mimic the effects of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. While it did simulate the effect of a “weed high” the synthetic weed was found to have very powerful negative side effects such as
• rapid heart rate
• violent behavior
• suicidal thoughts
• strong addictiveness
In fact, some of the mental side effects were so drastic that at the time there were not any treatments to provide adequate help for people who were affected by it.
Not only is synthetic weed dangerous, but its marketing and labels were shown to have false information. They claimed that it was “all natural” but studies found that the only all natural thing about the product was the plant material the chemical was sprayed on. Its labels also failed to list all the chemical components used to make the actual spray. The actual ingredients of the synthetic weed were discovered to have several things prohibited under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), and therefore not safe for human consumption.
Most of these synthetic weed products were either pulled from shelves or went under investigation by the Canadian government for various violations. Health Canada made them 100% illegal as of 2013. (http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/23621a-eng.php) In Canada, the use of medical marijuana is not only regulated by the government with inspections, but also has a set of professional standards in place to ensure that depots only sell the highest quality of product. If there is a bud depot in your area, you can be confident that you are getting only the best.