Forensic Science P1 - Brett Austin
Synthetic cannabinoids are a man-made drug that alters the brain more powerfully than marijuana, which can result in life-threatening situations due to their effects. Synthetic cannabinoids originated from London in 2004 from a company named Psyche Deli which is now defunct. Synthetic cannabinoids or “fake weed” is a less healthy alternative to marijuana that remains unregulated in most countries.
Main Synthetic Cannabinoid Brands
Medical Short/Long Term Effects
Long term effects show that repeated use will lead to tolerance and then dependence. Users can suffer withdrawal and may experience symptoms of insomnia, paranoia, panic attacks or rapid heartbeat. Short term effects are irregular heartbeat, racing thoughts, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, psychosis, aggression and violent behavior, chest pain, vomiting, acute kidney injury, seizures, strokes and in some cases, death.