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Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana is a blend of herbs, incense, and/or plant material sprayed with lab-created chemicals to produce psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This drug is known to be extremely dangerous when used and is often labeled “Not for Human Consumption”.

Disguised as ‘herbal incense’ or ‘potpourri’, synthetic marijuana is often sold in smoke shops, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, and over the internet.

Synthetic marijuana has gained popularity because it cannot be detected by standard drug tests.

 Synthetic Cannabinoids Compared with Marijuana-Related Emergency Room Visits

Synthetic Cannabinoids-ER Visits

 [Please click to enlarge. Graph provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.]

  • In 2010, an estimated 11,406 U.S. emergency department (ED) visits in 2010 involved a synthetic cannabinoid product, and patients ages 12 to 17 made 33% of these visits.

Synthetic Cannabinoids Compared with Marijuana-Related Emergency Room Visits

Past Year Use of Illicit Drugs by Teens

 [Please click to enlarge. Graph provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.]

  • Synthetic marijuana is popular among young people; of the illicit drugs most used by high-school seniors, it is only second to marijuana.
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