Synthetic Marijuana is a group of psychoactive chemicals that are often sprayed on herbal smoking material and referred to as synthetic marijuana. Similar to natural marijuana, however when it is used it alters how the brain processes information similar to the way THC affects the brain. Researchers all agree that the combination makes the drug difficult to predict and the effects, both short and long-term, random.
Between 2009 and 2010, synthetic marijuana peaked in popularity, but realizing the potential for danger, the Drug Enforcement Administration banned the chemicals used to make the drug in 2012 and the U.S. banned the sale of the substance on the federal level, which was followed shortly thereafter by a ban on the state level. Unfortunately, most manufacturers have found a way around the law by creating slight changes to the drug by using alternative chemicals and more obviously by marking the packaging “not for human consumption.”
Synthetic Marijuana is known by many names
The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists K2, moon rocks, spice, skunk, Yucatan fire and fake weed among the many names that Synthetic Marijuana goes by. It is also sold in the U.S. under other names such as Genie, Smoke, Pot-Pourri , Buzz, Pulse, Hush, Mystery, Earthquake, Ocean Blue, Stinger, Serenity and many others. Users looking for a “legal high” often turn to these herbal smoking or incense products because they do not show up on a standard urine test.
Synthetic Marijuana appeals mostly to male high school students and reports from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that the reasons for the drug’s popularity center around a misunderstanding of key words associated with the drug such as “Spice” which indicated that it is a natural substance and not harmful and also that it is undetectable by drug tests.
Conventional drug test panels will not detect the broad range of synthetic cannabinoids. They pass undetected in standard urine testing for such drugs as cocaine, marijuana, heroine, and amphetamines. RTL’s Synthetic Cannabinoids Test can be ordered with your standard panel to ensure JWH-018 & JWH-073 are detected.
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