In 2016, 33 people in Brooklyn were sent to the hospital after overdosing on synthetic weed within an 11-hour time frame. Patients experienced altered mental states and respiratory issues.
Synthetic marijuana are human-made chemicals that can inhaled through e-cigarette devices or sprinkled on dried, shredded plant materials and smoked.
These mind-altering chemicals are referred to as cannabinoids, because they are similar to the chemicals found in marijuana, but they can bring on serious side effects that are more intense than those of marijuana. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016 found that synthetic cannabinoids can be as much as 85 times as potent as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the mind-altering chemical that produces the “high” from marijuana consumption.
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