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how to tell synthetic weed from real weed

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Many people aren’t aware of the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids (aka “fake weed”). Take our quiz to learn what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Yes, the packages do contain some plant material. But the chemicals that get you “high” are laboratory-made. Also, since they aren’t tested, users can’t be sure exactly which chemicals are in the drugs.

So-called fake weed was, “originally designed as research chemicals for use in the laboratory, trying to identify cannabinoid receptors in the brain,” a specialist told Newsweek, not “to be used on the street.”

The DEA has banned some of the most commonly used chemicals in the drugs.

According to the CDC, from 2010-2015 there were 456 reported cases of sickness from the drug in the United States and three deaths.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers has labeled the drugs as being “extremely addictive.”

  • Users are usually mellow and relaxed
  • Both are correct
  • Users are usually paranoid and anxious

While the drug is often referred to as “fake weed,” the high is very different. In addition to paranoia, users can also experience high blood pressure, nausea, heart attack, and seizures.

Many people aren’t aware of the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids (aka “fake weed”). Take our quiz to learn what’s fact and what’s fiction.