Spice synthetic marijuana side effects
Discussing the side effects of synthetic marijuana can be difficult. Namely, one user’s side effects are another’s desired effects. Thus the list of side effects below is my opinion of what constitutes a side effect. Let me illustrate further.
Various forums and discussion groups report that smoking “Spice” (we use the term “Spice” here to refer to all generic synthetic marijuana that contains JWH compounds, which do not yet show up on synthetic cannabis drug tests ) can have similar effects as hallucinogens. That is, reality is substantially altered for the user. Some people like to alter reality thus this effect for them at least is a desired effect. However, others, who were expecting a less intense more marijuana-like high from Spice, see this as a side-effect.
Natural marijuana short term side effects
Marijuana users generally report the following effects when they smoke cannabis:
- increased sensitivity to touch
- mild euphoria
- reduced blood pressure
These are desired effects and are one of the reasons why so many smoke cannabis. Less desired effects of cannabis use include paranoia and hunger (munchies). At higher doses and/or from habitual use, users may experience hallucinations and delusions but these side effects are relatively uncommon and rare.
Synthetic marijuana short term side effects
Spice is known as a marijuana substitute. As Spice is marketed as a cannabis alternative and binds to the same cannabinoid receptors in the brain as marijuana, you would expect it to have similar effects. Yet, in many cases this is not so. The side effects of Spice include (even at low doses):
- elevated blood pressure
- elevated heart rate
- heart palpitations
- increased agitation
- pale skin
Of course, it is only a minority who seems to suffer from these negative effects but it is a sizable minority. Furthermore, Dr.Anthony Scalzo of Saint Louis University believes that these side effects indicate that Spice and the compounds it contains, affect the cardiovascular system of those who smoke it. We will know more as we research more.
Spice synthetic marijuana long term side effects
Nobody knows. Spice (or to be more precise, the JWH compounds contained in Spice) have not been around long enough for scientists to determine what kind of long term damage users are doing to themselves. What’s in legal bud? A blend of ethnobotanicals and liquid synthetic cannabinoids, which can lead to a very mind altered state. As I have already pointed out in a previous post, the JWH users of today are the guinea pigs for future generations. Let’s leave the last word to John W. Huffman who created JWH-108 (named after his initials) in the 1990’s.
“It’s like playing Russian roulette. You don’t know what it’s going to do to you.”
Spice & legal weed questions
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