synthetic marijuana does not contain THC.
We jave drug screens than test for some drugs. The new synthetics are very hard to test for.
We utilize a laboratory out of California that can test for quite a few synthetics, but not all of them.
They are used just like illegal drugs: orally, snorted, mixed in drinks, pill form, injected, etc...
Red Woods Toxicology has some drug panels to test of some of the syntetics in the field, but only some of them. You can order them only through their lab.
Synthetic marijuana is a dried plant matter with the chemical sprayed on to it. So it usually looks like an incense. The bath salts usually is a white or yellowish powder or crystal, similar to meth or cocaine, and comes in a packet or jar. Some of them come in liquid form. Some come in red or blue capsule.
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It may be cheaper and easier to get than marijuana, but the effects can be serious. And again, it does not contain THC. They bind to the same receptors in the brain as marijuana (CB1 and CB2) and therefore have similar effects.
A couple of people would like to know about long term issues.
I agree, the calls to poison control centers is only part of the problem. Our emergency room and pcyh unit have seen a large increase in these types of cases recently, with many patients being very violent and difficult to control.
These drugs are so new the long term effects are unknown. They have not been tested on humans. We have seen people develop drug induced schizophrenica from these substances and sometimes it does not go away. The long term effects can be severe.
Another question from our opinion editor: Is the use of synthetic drugs similar to "huffing," both physically and psychologically?
The research about the long-term effects has not been done. There have been cases where users have reported side effects months after they quit using the drugs.....That is very scary.
Huffing generally has serious effects on the brain and gets worse with increase use. These are different in how the side effects can vary widely
Alcohol will not effect you like these drugs will when used responsibly. These can be harmful when used one time.
You can contact the Spearfish Police Department 605-642-1300, or Rapid City Police Department 605-394-4131.
Contact your local DEA, Poison Control Centers, Lifeways.
Yes, these drugs are very addicting. Users have reported this and we have seen this with crime related to this to support an addiction.
Yes, the woman developed a bacterial infection after she injected bath salts and they had to amputate her arm.
I agree, I use these as examples when presenting to let people know what can happen when you use these drugs.
There are lots of articles out there about the adverse effects in the National News.
Spice, K2, incense, Legal buds, legal highs, bath salts, MDPV, night lights, lucids, mephedrone, methylone....etc.
These are just a few examples, and some of them are the actual names of the drugs, but are often used to describe them.
Do you have any additional tips for parents?
There are literally hundrets of different brands out on the market....Charly Sheen, Cloud 9, Cloud 10, Vanilla Sky, Bliss...to name a few
Educate yourselves and talk to your kids about this. Ask them what they know and educate them, using the stories you hear as examples. If you know a group that would like a presentation, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help out.