Well, friends, 2016 is a great time be a pothead. Tolerance and acceptance of casual marijuana use is at an all-time high (if you'll pardon the pun). Plus, the drug is now legal for recreational uses in a few states. However, despite more openness and acceptance of traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has been gaining popularity lately…and it probably shouldn't be.
Synthetic marijuana, also known as synthetic cannabinoids, is a designer drug sold under the pretense that it delivers the same high as marijuana. In reality, synthetic marijuana causes nightmarish hallucinations and violent behavior.
This drug first hit the open market in the early 2000s, and it was marketed as "safe marijuana," meaning that it would get you high like pot, but wouldn't show up on any drug tests.
With regular marijuana, we generally know what goes into it, but there is no regulation or testing of synthetic marijuana. No one, aside from the manufacturer, knows what goes into making it.
Recent research has actually linked the use of synthetic cannabis with the development of psychosis later in life, which isn't really the desired outcome of smoking weed in any form.
For a taste of what it's like to smoke the synthetic stuff, you can check out the following video. WARNING: It does become fairly graphic.
So let that be a lesson. DON'T SMOKE SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA! If you have to smoke something, use the real stuff. At least then you won't end up in the hospital.
All I can say is that that video is terrifying and has officially scared me away from all drugs forever.