There are many strains of synthetic marijuana spreading throughout the United States. These synthetic drugs pose a series of risks to users who are likely unaware of the dangers. Synthetic marijuana is a drug that has been manufactured to be chemically similar to the THC found in organic marijuana. The man-made chemical mixture is then sprayed onto plant matter to resemble marijuana and packaged as “incense” or “potpourri” with cartoon or psychedelic imagery.
If you or someone you care about is using and addicted to synthetic marijuana, there is a high risk of suffering an array of health issues, including seizures. To overcome this addiction, a synthetic drug detox program at Liberty Health Services may be part of the solution. Contact us online or call 855.689.5685 today to learn more about how our synthetic drug detox center in New Hampshire may be the right place to begin your recovery journey.
What Is Synthetic Marijuana?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the first reports of synthetic cannabinoids in the US began in 2008. Of the infamous strains of synthetic marijuana, K2 and Spice have already been banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The problem is two-pronged, however, as new synthetic cannabinoids are being developed and introduced legally into the country all the time. They carry vanity names that many parents and unsuspecting people may not easily identify as a drug.
The true dangers of synthetic marijuana are linked to the impact they have on the user’s brain. In natural marijuana, the active ingredient THC is low binding, meaning that the drug does affect memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory/time perception, but only to a certain extent.
The artificial chemical that acts like THC in synthetic marijuana hits the brain’s receptors with maximum efficacy and carries a potency at least one hundred times greater than the THC in marijuana. The result can be life-threatening side effects, including seizures.
The Link Between Synthetic Drugs and Seizures
Synthetic marijuana is a strong-binding, long-lasting compound with the potential to impact all of the brain’s CB receptors.
Synthetic drugs have been linked to:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Breathing problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- High blood pressure
- Kidney failure
- Muscle damage
None of these outcomes of getting high are typically seen when using natural marijuana.
While marijuana has anticonvulsant properties, the location of impacted CB receptors, including in the seizure initiation areas in the temporal cortex, can lead to seizures when synthetic marijuana is used.
Teens who use only synthetic pot have triple the odds of suffering a coma and/or central nervous system depression and seizures compared to teenagers who smoke only natural marijuana. Additionally, when users combine synthetic drugs like Spice with other drugs, the odds of suffering a seizure are three and four times higher than natural marijuana users who also took the same other drugs.
Because teens are being lured into synthetic drug use by the novelty of the drug names, lower prices, and easy accessibility as makers stay one step ahead of the authorities, our Liberty Health Services synthetic drug detox center in New Hampshire is a safe facility to help get your loved one clean and back on track in life.
Find Support for Synthetic Drug Addiction at Liberty Health Services
When a person overdoses on a synthetic drug, they could experience seizures. When a person experiences a seizure unrelated to epilepsy or another kind of seizure disorder, that person is at a heightened risk of experiencing another seizure and developing a drug-induced seizure disorder. Because this condition can cause physical and mental damage as well as sudden death, it is best to rely on a medically supervised synthetic drug detox to begin the recovery process.
If you or your teen is using synthetic drugs, don’t delay in contacting us using our secure online form or call us at 855.689.5685 to discover how our synthetic drug detox program can help get their life back on track.