As if “natural” drugs and painkillers weren’t enough to deal with, Pennsylvania and other states are now forced to contend with an influx of synthetic marijuana. A major spike in related hospitalizations this past April has placed this issue in the forefront with medical professionals and law enforcement authorities. 

Synthetic marijuana is typically made from non-marijuana plants treated with cannabinoids. Sold under brand names like K2, Spice and Scooby Snax, the drug hit the market around 2008. Many packages were labeled “not for consumption” in an attempt to circumvent regulations. Buyers could easily obtain synthetic marijuana at convenience stores and head shops as well as over the Internet.

Dr. Vin Nagaraj of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville says that patients coming to the hospital for synthetic marijuana-related treatment are presenting symptoms including psychotic thinking and delusional thoughts. He goes on to state that patients are from the entire spectrum of age groups and many begin taking the drug under the mistaken belief that it’s a harmless and effective way to beat drug screening tests.

However, Dr. Steven Marcus, executive director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System at the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University points out that this synthetic form is like “a witches’ brew of these cannabinoids” that can have life-threatening effects. First responders have been on hand when users have suffered seizures or run half-naked down busy streets crying for help.

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