When cannabinoid drugs became quite popular in the market and grew into a global industry, some manufacturers made attempts to make synthetic versions of natural cannabinoids. In recent years, synthetic cannabinoids have become quite a problem due to knock-off versions of popular drugs being launched.
Synthetic Cannabinoids – What Are they?
Natural cannabinoids are derived from cannabis plants including hemp and marijuana. Cannabinoids include CBD, THC, CBG, and more than a hundred other compounds.
Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made and have little actual cannabinoids in them. It could sometimes be an amalgamation of random harmful substances that affect the health of the users adversely.
Synthetic cannabinoids bind to the same receptor sites where natural cannabinoids like CBD and THC bind. Most synthetic cannabinoids are designed to be similar to THC that has more affinity to CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
The problem related to synthetic cannabinoids is not just about it being different from what it is advertised to be. It may cause real harm to users. In the year 2018, about 1954 calls regarding synthetic cannabinoids alone were made to the American Association Of Poison Control.
Consuming Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoids are commonly smoked through a vaporizer device or e-cigarette. Synthetic cannabinoid products may often resemble marijuana and newbies may mistake it for marijuana.
What Are The Side Effects Of Synthetic Cannabinoids?
The side effects of synthetic cannabinoids include:
- Poor coordination
What Are The Contents Of Synthetic Cannabinoids?
Packages of synthetic cannabinoid products usually claim to contain a wide selection of plants. These include plants like blue violet, marsh mallow, nettle leaf, honeyweed, dwarf skullcap, alfalfa, white water lily etc but these ingredients are not detected most of the time. The manufacturers sometimes add masking agents like fatty acids and vitamin E to prevent the identification of the product’s contents. Most products are inert vegetable matter sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids but some products may contain other substances like psychoactive alkaloids and herbs.
Synthetic cannabinoids were initially made for research that focused on THC and the cannabinoid receptors in the body. During the early stages of the research, there existed many legal restrictions around natural cannabinoids, and it was difficult to obtain them for research. Synthetic cannabinoids were quite helpful at that stage.
People should be aware of the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids so that they won’t end up getting one of these drugs that are potentially harmful.