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The dangers of synthetic marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is a combination of chemicals that is cooked up in a lab. These substances are designed to mimic the effects of marijuana however they are far more dangerous. The various combinations of these drugs can vary even within a single "brand" of synthetic marijuana. Despite some popular misconceptions these drugs are (1) dangerous and (2) were banned by federal law in 2012. This article will go over some of the risks of synthetic marijuana and the consequences you could face if arrested.

Synthetic marijuana is a chemical that is sprayed over plan material. It is designed to mimic the smell and appearance of marijuana however these are just chemical sprays. The problem with these compounds is that their effects are unpredictable. The symptoms can range from the, relatively, benign like, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, to the dangerous like, tremors, seizures, elevated blood pressure, suicidal thoughts and tachycardia (rapid or racing heartbeat). These serious effects are similar to those felt by users of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

The FDA has labeled these substances as not fit for human consumptions. Additionally, the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act was passed in 2012 which added 26 synthetic drugs to the Schedule I list. Furthermore, don't think that because the particular drug formula you are using does not appear on the banned list that it is legal. Under the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986, any synthetic compounds that substantially mimic the effects of Schedule I and II drugs may be treated as controlled substances.

Additionally, the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act was passed in 2012 which added 26 synthetic drugs to the Schedule I list. Furthermore, don't think that because the particular drug formula you are using does not appear on the banned list that it is legal. Under the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986, any synthetic compounds that substantially mimic the effects of Schedule I and II drugs may be treated as controlled substances.

Synthetic marijuana is constantly evolving. Sometimes it is illegal and sometimes it isn't. Regardless of the situation, if you are arrested with synthetic marijuana then you should probably speak to an attorney. The law surrounding these substances is still evolving which means the punishment you face could be subject to serious consequences.

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