Legalization of CBD does not mean that all of the CBD on the market is safe for use. Rather, according to part of a recent warning issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,
“The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of multiple cases, including some deaths, of severe bleeding among people who have used contaminated synthetic cannabinoids. Other states also have reported similar cases. If you have purchased any of this product, which go by names such as (K2, spice, and synthetic marijuana) do not use it. Throw it out. If you have used any of these products and start experiencing severe, unexplained bleeding or bruising, please have someone take you to the hospital immediately or call 911. Do not walk or drive yourself”
The full warning can (and should) be read here
This warning highlights the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids. According to the same webpage, synthetic cannabinoid, also known as “spice,” “synthetic marijuana,” and “K2,” are manmade chemicals that are added to products as an alternative to marijuana. Worse yet, the side effects can be unpredictable, harmful, and even life-threatening.
The dangers arise from the potential toxic qualities of the synthetic marijuana. A few of the symptoms that people experience upon using synthetic marijuana are:
- Rapid heart rate
These are serious symptoms that often lead to the need for medical attention at a hospital or intensive care unit. Unlike marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids affect the brain in unpredictable ways. They are also used in a variety of ways. For example, they can be added to herbal teas, mixed into a vape liquid, or they can be sprayed onto the plant material and smoked.
Moreover, synthetic cannabinoids are illegal. The CDC explains here that there are federal and state laws that target synthetic cannabinoids and rather than banning specific chemicals, the general categories of ingredients are banned. Even though synthetic cannabinoids are illegal, makers of synthetic products try to circumvent the laws by developing products with other ingredients or by indicating that the product is “not for human consumption.”
Synthetic cannabinoids can also be addictive. For this reason, and the plethora of others explained above, it is best to heed the warning and to stay away from synthetic cannabinoids. Such products are not similar to traditional and all-natural marijuana products. Therefore, before purchasing any product, it is best to ensure that the seller is legitimate and uses only natural marijuana and not anything synthetic.