Public Service Announcement: That Poison Isn’t Pot
K2, Spice, Smiley Dog, or whatever else you want to call it, it is not cannabis nor is it even close cannabis. I am talking about the substance that the media likes to dub “synthetic marijuana” or “synthetic cannabis”. This substance is sold in many corner store gas stations and is killing people it seems daily. The media and others like to refer to this product as being like cannabis, but it is not even similar. They have this misconception because the chemicals that are sprayed on the plant material in this product are laboratory made synthetic versions of cannabinoids developed in hopes of replicating the effects of the natural cannabinoids that occur within cannabis.
These cannabinoids, however, have the ability of binding to other receptors in the human brain, unlike cannabis which only binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are a part of the Endocannabinoid System. These cannabinoids in addition to binding to other receptors are often times over a hundred times stronger than natural cannabinoids found in cannabis. These products often times do not just contain synthetic cannabinoids but also other random chemicals. The manufacturers of this drug utilize whatever chemicals they can, to cut their costs, without any regard to the safety of those who consume it. The product that is sold under many different names is often random plant material that has been covered in everything from acetone to benzo-based pharmaceuticals. It’s time that the media changes their lexicon and starts referring to this drug for what it truly is, which is nothing but poison.
The cannabis plant has been around for more than two thousand years and has been proven to be effective as a medicine for dozens of different medical conditions. Throughout its entire history cannabis has never been the direct cause of death in a single human being. In fact, it has saved thousands! Spice, however, has only been around for a little over a decade and has been linked to hundreds of deaths in its short history. The typical effects felt by those who consume spice range from hallucinations and increased heart rate to severe agitation and psychosis. The epidemic surrounding this poison is growing it seems every year. This is due in part to the fact that almost anyone can afford it at just around $1 a joint. This is just one more reason why we need to end the draconian laws surrounding cannabis around the world, once and for all!