Fake Pot is Dangerous
May 15, 2012
In March 2011, DEA took emergency action to control five chemicals used to make so-called "fake pot" (synthetic marijuana), which made possessing and/or selling these products illegal in the United States. Despite this action, fake pot continues to be a problem with adolescents. Younger tweens and teens are hearing that "fake marijuana" products are safer and can't be detected if used. They do not realize that it can lead to serious, and possibly life-threatening side effects. Medical literature includes reports of high blood pressure, high heart rates, seizures, catatonic-like states, and even death after ingestion of the drug.
“Fake pot" products are often a blend of plant and herbal materials that are sprayed with chemicals, producing a marijuana-like high, as well as other symptoms. Despite DEA's attempts to control the chemicals used to produce "fake pot," the makers of these substances are finding ways to get around the law. They may change the chemicals used to stay ahead of DEA restrictions, or market the products as incense. Synthetic pot remains widely available, and can be easily ordered online. According to Sue Hubbard, M.D.,” It's incumbent that parents continue to discuss drug use with their children and the dangers of "fake pot."
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