Synthetic marijuana is sold under a number of names, the most common being Spice and K2. Users can purchase packets of the drug online, usually without any form of identification - meaning teenagers can acquire it with relative ease. The most common negative side effects associated with synthetic marijuana use, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), include:
- Extreme Anxiety
- Severe Paranoia
In some cases of vehicular traffic deaths, prosecutors have had to charge defendants with lesser offenses because proving synthetic drug use is difficult, according to the article. There have been a number of cases of synthetic marijuana users experiencing blackouts behind the wheel, which has resulted in injuries to others.
“Synthetic marijuana products are very dangerous drugs. We don’t know what’s in them, they’re not tested for safety or efficacy, and the effects are entirely unpredictable. Of all the abused drugs out on the market, synthetic marijuana scares me the most,” said Dr. Alexander Garrard, clinical managing director of the Washington Poison Center.