Synthetic Weed Used Less in US Where Marijuana Is Legalized

Health News - Synthetic Weed Used Less in US Where Marijuana Is Legalized

According to research, people are less prone to using laced weed in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

Synthetic or laced weed is known by various names, such as K2, Spice, AK-47, Scoobie Snacks, 24-Karat Dream, and Mr. Nice Guy. It’s often sold as dried plant material and then drenched in embalming fluid or acetone before being mixed with lab-made psychoactive chemicals.

According to the ToxIC Case Registry, synthetic cannabis poisoning incidents peaked between 2010 and 2015, with over 42,000 toxic exposure cases reported.

Furthermore, in 2018, 153 people from Illinois got sick, and four perished after using synthetic cannabinoids laced with rat poison. In Connecticut a few months later, 95 people were poisoned with K2.  

Based on a study that examined data from the National Poison Data System between 2016 and 2019, there were 7,600 recorded calls regarding synthetic cannabinoid use. Of all emergency calls, approximately 65% required medical attention, and 61 people died. 

About 56% of those calls occurred in states where recreational marijuana was illegal, 38.6% in states where only medicinal marijuana was legal, and 5.5% in states where recreational marijuana was legal. 

Synthetic cannabinoids were invented in the 1980s to learn how THC affects the brain and causes a euphoric effect. Today, laced weed is mainly imported to the United States.

Laced marijuana has been linked to neurologic symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including agitation, drowsiness, irritation, dizziness, depression, problems with concentration, and seizures.

There is no remedy for laced cannabinoid poisoning, and its long-term side effects are still unknown.