Dangers of synthetic marijuana

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has enacted an emergency ban on synthetic marijuana after thousands of teens have been hurt, even died after smoking it. Makers misled their customers into thinking fake pot is harmless compared to illegal drugs, but that’s not the case.

The effects are frightening.

The patients are usually young.

In state after state, the warning is out. Synthetic marijuana is dangerous.

Known as Spice, synthetic marijuana is sold under a variety of names like Black Mamba, K2, and Killer Clown. It is crushed herbs or plant materials that looks like marijuana, but is treated with chemicals, some that can cause serious health effects.

As quickly as one of these chemical substances becomes illegal, the makers simply replace it with a different dangerous substance. It’s legal in some states, illegal in others. The risky behavior is everywhere.

Synthetic marijuana attributed to more than 11,000 emergency room visits in 2010. The substance has been linked to psychosis, kidney, brain damage, and in a few cases, has been associated with heart attacks.

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