Is synthetic marijuana dangerous?

Yes. Synthetic marijuana, often called spice, is an artificial form of weed made from chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids. These chemicals are meant to imitate THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the mind-altering ingredient in weed) and affect the same receptors in the brain. Spice, however, can be up to 100 times stronger than marijuana and the effects are unpredictable, often requiring a trip to the hospital. Reported side effects include:

  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme insomnia
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Severe internal chemical burns
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Overdose
  • Death

Spice is illegal in South Carolina and highly addictive. If you or someone you know are addicted to spice, call the Trinity office in your county to learn about treatment programs for synthetic drug addiction.

Marion County: (843) 423-8292
Marlboro County: (843) 479-5683
Dillon County: (843) 774-6591

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