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Thursday, January 8, 2015

DEA Bans Three Synthetic Cannabinoids

Despite the dangers associated with synthetic marijuana, young adults and teenagers continue to seek out products, such as K2 and Spice. While government efforts to crackdown on the production and distribution have been somewhat successful by moving quickly to ban the chemicals that get sprayed on the benign herbs, the manufacturers move just as quickly to alter the formula and rename the ingredient.

The DEA recently banned three synthetic cannabinoids that have been commonly used for the production of synthetic marijuana, according to The Hill. The compounds were placed into the Schedule I classification of the Controlled Substances Act, meaning the drugs have a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.

The banned synthetic cannabinoids are:
  • AB-CHMINACA N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-(cyclohexylmethyl)- 1H-indazole-3-carboxamide
  • AB-PINACA N-(1-amino-3-methyl-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide
  • THJ-2201 1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indazol-3-yl](naphthalen-1-yl) methanone
Synthetic marijuana has been known to cause:
  • Loss of Control
  • Lack of Pain Response
  • Pale Skin
  • Agitation
  • Uncontrolled/Spastic Body Movements
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Heart Palpitations
“The placement of these synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the [Controlled Substances Act] is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety,” writes the DEA in the Federal Register. “Exposure incidents involving [synthetic marijuana] continue to be documented by poison control centers in the United States as the abuse of these substances remains a threat to both the short- and long-term public health and safety."

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