The harmful effects of a man-made drug like Spice or K2 seems to have created widespread health-related issues. Synthetic marijuana contains powerful chemicals and may even induce seizures for some people. Learn more about the connection between drugs and seizures.
Synthetic cannabinoids are not detectable on most standard in-house hospital drug screens. Poison centers are receiving reports of cases of synthetic marijuana exposure. Such calls were made by people from all walks of life. In 2016, some 33 people were stumbling around Brooklyn, New York like zombies. They were using K2 and it was blamed for sending them to emergency rooms. The drug use was likened to playing Russian roulette because of how it affects the brain and body.
The dangers of synthetic marijuana are linked to the way they impact the brain. The active ingredient THC is low binding. THC activates cannabinoid receptors, impacting memory, pleasure, movement, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception. The THC-like man-made chemical in synthetic marijuana is a full agonist, made to hit the receptors with maximum efficacy. The potency can be 100 times greater than THC, leading to life-threatening side effects.
Marijuana and Seizures
CB receptors are plentiful, existing in nearly every region of the brain. Synthetic marijuana is a strong-binding, long-lasting compound with potential to impact receptors. Synthetic marijuana is linked to psychosis, rapid heartbeat, and seizures. None of these are seen after marijuana use. Marijuana has been shown to have anticonvulsant properties and was used well before antiepileptic drugs were developed.
Chronic seizure activity can become part of a person’s life following drug use. Synthetic cannabis is not a good alternative to marijuana, even if it is cheaper. A daily habit may start and eventually seizures will start. Residual medical effects can be felt for years later even after the person stops using the drugs.
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