Just when we thought we’ve seen all there is to see in the world of synthetic drugs, makers come up with yet another charming and attractive killer. They are known as “Candy Weed” or synthetic marijuana brownies. These candies are actually made by mixing synthetic THC with flavored corn syrup, creating a candy killer marketed towards children.
These synthetic drugs are often wrapped in bright packaging with cartoon pictures on them, portraying harmless candies and sweets. Though this Candy Weed is currently only being reported in California, it will only be a matter of time before we will be finding it all over the United States and even other parts of the world.
Synthetic Marijuana Becoming Major Problem
It was reported by the American Association of Poison Control Centers that the number of calls having to do with synthetic marijuana, or “Spice” has increased from 2,906 in 2010 to 6,955 in 2011. Spice has also been responsible to 11,206 emergency room visits in 2010. Synthetic marijuana can be especially deceiving because users think that it is similar, if not the same, to traditional marijuana and will give them the same feeling of relaxation and euphoria. Actually, synthetic marijuana is nothing like traditional marijuana.
In fact, the high is more comparable to that of LSD or cocaine in that it has a stimulant effect. It also has a higher overdose potential than traditional marijuana. The scary reality is that these synthetic drugs may be more dangerous than traditional drugs. People may think that they are safe because you are able to buy them legally. The fact is that these drugs are very dangerous and are illegal in forty-one states.
Side effects may include anxiety, heart palpitations, seizures, hyperthermia, cardiac arrest, panic attacks, hallucinations and extreme paranoid delusions as well as violent behavior and even suicide. There is also an increased risk of overdose from taking these drugs along with other substances such as prescriptions, alcohol or various other illicit drugs. This is because of the many unknown chemicals in the synthetic drugs that may react with these substances. Some symptoms of synthetic marijuana are nausea, vomiting, paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations and tremors.
Stopping Candy Weed And Other Teen Drug Use
There is much to be done concerning the war on synthetic drugs and many steps are already in progress. On December 21, 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers issued the first advisory concerning synthetic drug abuse after over 156 “bath salt” affiliated calls had been received. In addition, President Barack Obama recently signed a bill this past July that amended the Federal drug policy of the United States to ban “bath salts”.
Even though these measures have been taken, synthetic drugs are still out there, so educate your children about them and if you find anything unfamiliar in their possession, look it up. Be one the look out for suspicious “candies” and things of that nature. Make sure your kids know about synthetic drugs and how to spot them as well.
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