Synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabis, can be found online and in head shops, among other retail outlets. Head shops typically sell pipes, rolling papers, and other paraphernalia used in the consumption of pot, tobacco, and other herbs and substances. Synthetic marijuana is something of a misnomer, as it is not the man-made reproduction of pot or weed, but something else entirely. The synthetic part of synthetic marijuana is actually the chemical that the drug contains, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Thus, the term "synthetic cannabinoid" is more applicable to this misunderstood substance. Synthetic marijuana drug treatment in Albuquerque has become a necessary service due to the growing number of addicts in the area. That is why we are here-- to help addicts learn more about their addiction and help them find a rehab facility that best suits their needs.
Synthetic marijuana is dangerous in the way that many street drugs are, it is not regulated so a user never knows the exact potency they are getting. Additionally, like people who use prescription drugs recreationally, users have a false sense of security, thinking that a man-made item would have a safety aspect that just doesn't exist with the designer drug. In the case of synthetic marijuana, the negative effects of the actual drug are less severe than those from the copycat, which begs the question, why would you use something that worse for you than a similar product?
The answer is that although "fake pot" is illegal in the U.S. (generally since 2010), it doesn't have the stigma that regular weed does, being a street drug as opposed to one bought in a shop or online.
Sadly, synthetic marijuana has effects more aligned with a harder drug, than with marijuana itself. Marijuana does not have an addictive ingredient, but studies have shown that habitual users of the synthetic version display addiction and withdrawal symptoms similar to abusers or narcotics. Psychosis and psychotic events or states can last for days or weeks after an individual has ceased to take the substance, certainly a departure from the effects experienced by the typical pot smoker.
Synthetic cannabis came onto the scene in 2004, and has gained popularity ever since. In 2010, the U.S. DEA took action, and placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, many of the compounds that make up synthetic marijuana. The substance is dangerous and addictive, and use should be avoided and help should be sought if a situation of abuse has occurred.