Synthetic drugs are substances that are laced chemically in order to replicate the effects of illegal drugs like cannabis, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. Based on chemicals they are made up of, synthetic drugs are divided into two categories, namely – Synthetic Cannabinoids and Synthetic Cathinones
Synthetic Cannabinoids: Popularly known as synthetic marijuana, K2 or Spice, cannabinoids are made of chemical compounds meant to replicate the effects of THC [delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive substance present in marijuana].
Synthetic Cathinones: Often known as bath salts or jewelry cleaner, these drugs contain chemical compounds meant to mimic the effects of amphetamines, cocaine, or MDMA. They also consist of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone.
In general, people use drugs for the sake of enjoyment and also to beat boredom, anxiety, depression and other sort of mental illnesses. However, taking synthetic drugs often results in devastating effects – they are extremely dangerous, highly addictive, and are cheaper than natural drugs. Also, there have been reports of violent, erratic behavior and deaths after people have used these drugs. But what makes synthetic drugs so dangerous?
Synthetic drugs are so dangerous because people have no idea what chemicals they are ingesting. Manufacturers these days would do whatever it takes to dodge drug test and they no longer maintain quality control. So far over four years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has identified more than 158 new synthetic drug compounds, including 51 new brands of fake pot.
Well, what’s more terrifying is the aftermath; these drugs can cause seizures and psychotic, sometimes violent behavior (all because of the compounds they use). Watch Reactions explaining what happens to your brain when you are on synthetic drugs and why they are as scary as you think.
Everyone can learn from this article. Thanks.
I hope so. Thanks, GP COX! 🙂
Nice post which more teenagers should read and parents who supervise them. With over a hundred brand names to keep track of parents have a very hard time determining whether their offspring are using synthetic drugs with the evidence and if there is no trace of evidence parental fear and suspicion of use is an ongoing phenomenon.
Glad you enjoyed the post, Uldis! 🙂
The things people take to get high…it never ceases to astound me.
Yeah, it’s just enjoying to see people who are high (unless they don’t hurt themselves or anyone around them). 😛
When I turned 19, there were things I did (not drug related — I didn’t go there) that I regretted for a lifetime.
At the time, I was ignorant of the consequences and had a that’s-never-going-to-happen-to-me approach to life. Age has taught me that it’s not an uncommon trait among 15 – 25 year olds in the Western world. What amazes me is that so many people from that age group survive to tell about it.
Yeah, it’s pretty common I guess. Teens and early 20s are usually bound to ignorance. Thanks for sharing what has been a part of your life. 🙂