Synthetic marijuana is becoming more popular among teens and sending them to the emergency room. Doctors are confused by the effects of the drugs.
(Image Source: WikiMedia Commons ) BY LUKE LEONARD ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO A synthetic form of marijuana is growing in popularity among teens. The drug is reportedly cheaper, potentially dangerous and apparently confusing doctors. Atlanta’s WGCL has more details... “Synthetic version of marijuana are sending some teens to the emergency room. A new report says the drug produces a similar high to normal marijuana but there are also more dangerous side effects...” Sacramento’s KCRA reports the synthetic drug commonly known as “Spice” or “K2” has been known to cause excessive sweating, temporary speech impairment and often causes unusual aggressiveness as well as providing a euphoric high. That can make diagnosis difficult for ER staff. “...And it’s kinda confusing doctors. Doctors have released a report so ER physicians who otherwise couldn’t, can recognise the signs of this synthetic marijuana used and abused.” WebMD has details on what the variations of the synthetic drug may be made of. “Synthetic marijuana is made by blending plants and herbs including bay bean, blue lotus, and red clover. These ingredients are sprayed with a chemical that gives it its marijuana-like effects in the brain.” Not only is synthetic marijuana easy to get your hands on, professionals are saying it may sometimes be easier to get away with. A blog post in CNN Health says the trend seems to be growing and there’s two good reasons why... “Sold in such places as gas stations, convenience stores and on the internet ... The drug is difficult to detect, because it does not show up on routine drugs tests. Further lab work is needed to find if a person is using it.” Indiana State Police Captain Dave Bursten commented on how the state is looking to effectively ban the drug. The state has made the substances illegal and giving businesses a no-questions solution to disposal of the drugs. Indiana’s Eagle Country radio reported Bursten’s statement online... “We don’t want them simply thrown into dumpsters or otherwise discarded in a manner they could fall into the hands of young children … " Doctors in the emergency room are urging parents to read up about the drugs so they can talk to and educate their children about them.