“How to tell the difference between synthetic and real marijuana” is a discussion we wish we didn’t have to have. In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be any synthetic cannabis products to confuse consumers.
But, since synthetic cannabis is out there, we want you to know what it is and why you should avoid it.
Here’s the rundown on synthetic cannabis and how it differs from natural marijuana.
What is Synthetic Cannabis?
Synthetic cannabis is a non-FDA-approved product also known as Spice or K2. Dangerously, it comes with a label that reads, “Not for human consumption.” Also concerning, synthetic marijuana products shuffle ingredients regularly to maintain legality.
Most of the time, you’ll find synthetic cannabis sold on gas stations and smoke shop shelves. Of course, various versions also float around the internet as well.
Synthetic cannabis is not a real cannabis product. Instead, it’s a chemical substance that binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, as THC from herbal cannabis does. The binding to these CB1 receptors is what gives you that euphoric high.
Consumers need to be aware that synthetic cannabis is 2 to 100 times more potent than herbal-derived THC. It also can induce adverse side effects like chest pain, vomiting, increased heart rate, headaches, vision blackouts, agitation, kidney damage, and psychosis.
Many people report severe withdrawal symptoms with synthetic cannabis too.
Where Does Synthetic Cannabis Come From?
If you see cannabis products that are man-made, it’s probably best to steer clear of them. These synthetic cannabinoids typically come from manufacturers who use harsh solvents and processes to create synthetic cannabis or cannabis blends so there’s no way to know what is actually in the final product.
It’s not hard to imagine the horrible things that can go wrong with the overseas manufacturing of chemical-based cannabis products. And, the lack of regulation of production, and labeling, is a significant problem.
With synthetic marijuana, there are no laws to help consumers know how it was made or what’s in it. Potency and batch dates are often mysteries as well.
These uncertainties and other major concerns, like reports of death, make synthetic marijuana a danger to anyone who consumes it. Unfortunately, it has a market for those who want to pass a urine test or who can’t buy legal marijuana in their state.
Don’t let synthetic marijuana fool you. It’s not the real thing, and it comes with serious health risks.
When you want to buy cannabis, look for an item and make sure to check the COA. You will have all information on toxins, passes for a clean product, potency levels, and Date of harvest to know how fresh your product is. Talk to us to learn more about your best options or if you need help choosing a product.