Synthetic Marijuana Addiction – Guide

What is Synthetic Marijuana Addiction? Synthetic Marijuana, classified as a designer drug, was originally marketed as a legal, and even safer, alternative to the Cannabis plant, and sold in tobacco stores, gas stations, and many convenience stores.

Masses of people either brought into the marketing ploys or believed that as Synthetic Marijuana is legal, it must be more safe, or healthier than it’s illicit counterpart.

This could not be further from the truth. Synthetic Marijuana has much more devastating effects than Cannabis and can have just as destructive and deadly consequences, if not worse, as some of the hardest drugs in existence today.

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What is Synthetic Marijuana?

Synthetic Marijuana also known as “spice” is a blend of chemicals that is sprayed onto plants, or even plant like substances, that aim to create a similar effect in the body and mind as Marijuana when smoked. These products are typically marketed as a legal “Herbal” blend, while actually being primarily made up from a mix of several unknown chemicals. As regulations in the industry change, the chemist developing the Synthetic Cannabis frequently change one or two chemicals, deeming the substance’s legality. The result is a nothing but a blend of dangerous, unpredictable chemicals, that has seemed to have gotten worse and worse as the years have gone by. Many users of the substance have developed dependencies to the substances found in Synthetic Marijuana, which can frequently lead to addiction.

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Is Synthetic Marijuana Addictive?

Synthetic Marijuana can be just as addictive as any mood or mind altering chemical. The longer an individual continues the smoke Synthetic Cannabis, the more likely they are to develop a dependency or addiction to the chemical makeup of the drug. Once smoked, the substances bind to receptors in your brain, causing over stimulation, which then results in a “Burn-Out”. Your brain becomes used to the chemicals tying to its receptors, that it begins to feel a similar need to food and water towards Synthetic Cannabis. As the chemicals that are being ingested can be a wide range of unknown matter, the resulting effects from the addiction can be truly devastating, causing many to lose hope and spiral out of control, or even death. If you feel you are trapped in a hopeless Synthetic Cannabis addiction, we are here to help pull you out of the darkness every step of the way. Reach out to one of our counselors today to help build the perfect strategy, for your recovery today.

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Synthetic Marijuana Side Effects

Synthetic Marijuana addiction comes with a multitude of side effects, ranging from mild, to disastrous. Unlike with real Cannabis, countless deaths related to Synthetic Marijuana have been reported and documented. As the chemical blend that is used in the compound changes as regulations are made, the list of side effects is ever growing and almost impossible to keep track of. Some of the most prevalent side effects resulting from Synthetic Marijuana abuse are;

  • Psychosis
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart Attacks
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal Ideations
  • Death
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Synthetic Marijuana Effects

Synthetic Marijuana can produce a wide range of effects for a user. Some of the “Desirable” effects that draw users into addiction are Euphoria, an Altered State of Mind, Relaxed Feelings, or Hallucinations. The trade off is no where near worth it. Once addicted, Synthetic Marijuana’s chemical makeup can destroy your body, and mind, rapidly. If you are experiencing any of the effects below, you should immediately seek medical attention, due to the life threatening nature of Synthetic Marijuana.

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Physical Effects

The physical effects of Synthetic Marijuana addiction are terrifying. As users do not have a way to truly know what they are ingesting, the resulting issues can range from minor pains to emergency care necessity levels, or even death, on an instantaneous level. Some of the most commonly reported physical effects of Synthetic Marijuana are;

  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Chest Pains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Soreness
  • Death

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Mental Effects of Synthetic Marijuana Addiction

Synthetic Marijuana originally claimed to offer similar positive mental feelings as Cannabis, promising euphoria, uplifting moods, and stress relief. The reports from users of Synthetic Marijuana prove that this is nothing short of a bold-faced lie. Many users have ended up in Emergency Rooms, mentally broken, unaware of who or where they are, or in a complete state of psychosis.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Mood Changes
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Thoughts of Self Harm
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Synthetic Marijuana Names

Synthetic Marijuana is sold under many names. Almost every single year, a new regulation is passed in an attempt to curtail Synthetic Marijuana availability. The creators respond to these new regulations by changing the name and blend that goes into Synthetic Marijuana. Some names have even been chosen from cartoons, resulting in interest from children. While there have been over 700 total recorded names, the most commonly known are;

  • Spice
  • K2
  • Moonrocks
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Nice Guy
  • Diablo
  • Hayze
  • Hipster
  • Miyagi

Who Abuses Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic Marijuana users come from all walks of life, and many start out as regular Cannabis users. Most Marijuana smokers seek out Synthetic Marijuana as a way to get around drug test, or the legal consequences of Marijuana possession. As the number of Cannabis users out ranks every other illicit drug, this provides a huge base of potential Synthetic Marijuana users. Some of the most common users include High Schoolers, Armed Services Personnel, Job Seekers, Corporate Personnel, and people going through Drug Court. Many users abuse and subsequently become addicted to Synthetic Marijuana in an attempt to “Game the System”. Instead of ending up ahead, many users lose the reason they first sought the drugs out, causing the spiral of addiction to exacerbate.

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Recovery from Synthetic Marijuana Addiction

Recovering from Synthetic Marijuana can be next to impossible when tackled alone. The drug takes control of the user’s mind, and the brain is rewired to demand the chemicals. Recovery from Synthetic Marijuana is made much more possible by seeking out professional help. There are many inpatient rehabs, outpatient treatment centers, and sober livings that specialize in Synthetic Marijuana addiction. Call us today 877-959-7271 if you think, even for a moment, that you or a loved one may be addicted. Our intake representatives are more than equipped to help you devise a plan that works within your budgets and needs to find recovery from Synthetic Marijuana today!