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On its own, CBD may quite possibly be one of the most beneficial substances out there. It’s no surprise that the ever-growing marijuana industry has began to capitalize on CBD. It’s important for you to understand, however, that not all CBD products are created equal.

These days, you can find “CBD” products in gas stations, drug stores, bars, and several other random locations. The problem is that most of these products are not 100% natural, and can contain dangerous chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health.

Not All CBD Products Are Created Equal

Even if a product claims to be 100% natural, studies and tests have found other added ingredients. Some of these come in shockingly large concentrations. For this reason, we want to make sure you understand what you could be getting if you buy “CBD” products from these unlicensed places.

Dextromethorphan (DXM)

This substance is a cough suppressant, that can be found in most over the counter cough medicines. Although it is an effective cough suppressant in the correct doses, it can be extremely dangerous if used in high quantities and/or for a prolonged period of time.

DXM has a long history of recreational abuse, as it can produce psychoactive effects, like euphoria, if taken in large doses or combined with other ingredients. DXM is responsible for approximately 6000 emergency room visits annually.

Long term use or overdose can cause decreased respiratory function, elevated heart rate & blood pressure, psychosis, seizures, insomnia, dysphoria, coma, and even death.

5F-ADB

This would be a grouping of synthetic cannabinoids, better known as K2 or Spice. Synthetic cannabinoids stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system. These substances are illegal in most places.

5F-ADB typically makes the user feel drowsy and disoriented. Over time, these synthetic cannabinoids can cause nausea, fear, loss of bodily control, and problems breathing.  5F-ADB has been linked to dozens of overdoses and deaths.

Melatonin

While melatonin is a naturally-produced chemical in the body, many consumers do not expect to find it in their “100% CBD” products. Melatonin is the hormone that tells your body to go to sleep. It’s dangerous to take a melatonin supplement without knowledge, because it can not only make you drowsier than normal, but also raise blood sugar and blood pressure in some people.  

Companies decided to add it into the products after claiming that consumers requested it. One test determined that the concentration of melatonin in hundreds of products was much greater than the concentration of CBD.

Widely Unregulated

You may be asking yourself, how do they get away with it? Well, the truth is, the CBD market is pretty much unregulated. In order to avoid these dangerous substances, don’t get your CBD products from gas stations, drug stores, etc.

These products are clearly very dangerous and have no pharmacological data to prove them to be neither effective nor safe.

If you are searching for relief, CBD may be able to help. Going through the appropriate channels will allow you to get all-natural products from trusted manufacturer’s.

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Marijuana is arguably the most effective (and safest) drug out there. With that being said, it can produce a few minor side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, increased appetite and delayed motor skills. Synthetic cannabinoids on the other hand, can cause a number of severe mental and physical side effects. The dangers of synthetic cannabinoids are real and must be taken seriously.

How are synthetic cannabinoids made?

First and foremost, it’s important for you to understand that synthetic cannabinoids are unnatural and made in a laboratory. Synthetic cannabinoids are not to be confused with natural cannabinoids. Natural cannabinoids (THC and CBD) are organic compounds found in real, from the ground, marijuana. These compounds are safe and effective at treating numerous medical conditions. Synthetic cannabinoids are not only dangerous, but also offer no medical value.

How do you use it?

The two most common methods of use for synthetic cannabinoids are smoking and vaping. Mind altering chemicals are sprayed on plant material to be smoked, or sold in liquid form, to be vaped.

How does it affect the body?

Synthetic cannabinoids interact and bind to the same receptors in the brain that THC does. These manufactured chemicals bind much more strongly to the receptors, however, causing much greater, mind-altering effects.

What are the side effects?

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids are unpredictable, dangerous and life-threatening. They produce a few similar effects of natural cannabis, such as a boost in mood, relaxation, altered perception and psychosis. Effects of psychosis include, extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.

The side effects from these chemical differ from the side effects of natural cannabis when they produce negative effects such as increased heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior, suicidal thoughts, increased blood pressure, reduction in blood supply to the heart (heart failure), kidney damage, internal bleeding, seizures and even death.

Natural cannabis has never killed anyone. It’s important to note that operating a motor vehicle under the influence of both natural and synthetic cannabis is dangerous and illegal.

Is it addictive?

Synthetic cannabinoids are addictive. They offer no medical benefit while they retain a high potential for abuse. As a result, regular users will experience withdrawal symptoms like headache, anxiety, depression and irritability if they try to quit.

If they’re dangerous, why are they available for sale?

Synthetic cannabinoids are included in a group of unregulated drugs called New Psychoactive Substances. They are intended to provide the same effects as illegal drugs. Often times, the package will say something to the effect of “made with natural ingredients. This is a tactic to convince users that the synthetic drugs are safe. On the contrary, the only natural component to these “fake drugs” is the plant material that the chemicals are sprayed on.

The dangerous chemicals used to create synthetic cannabinoids are continuously altered in order to keep them on the shelves. Ingredients are constantly being outlawed, so the “recipes” must continue to change. Side effects vary from batch to batch, making these synthetic drugs extremely unpredictable and dangerous.

You will most commonly find these drugs in convenience stores and online. Manufacturers package them in bright, colorful packages, to attract users, specifically younger users. You will find synthetic cannabinoids going by a number of different names, the most common being K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Kush, Kronic, and Joker.

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There has been a spike in overdoses and deaths directly related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids. Obviously, you should never use these dangerous drugs. Not only do they offer no medical benefit, but they also can lead to extreme adverse reactions. Never underestimate the  dangers of synthetic cannabinoids. 

If you are in need of help, medical marijuana is the way to go. If you believe you suffer from a qualifying illness, call us at (786) 224-4005 or schedule your free consultation online.