Hereâ€™s why the term 'synthetic marijuana' is misleading
by Erin Dunne
August 17, 2018 12:43 PM
On Wednesday, in New Haven, Connecticut, there were at least 76 overdoses in 24 hours from â€œsyntheticâ€ marijuana. The term, â€œsyntheticâ€ marijuana, however, is misleading. Hereâ€™s a look at why.
Products labeled as synthetic marijuana are often plant matter sprayed with lab-created drugs. Those drugs, or combination of drugs, are designed to bind to the same receptors in the body as naturally occurring cannabinoids attach to. But because they are different in composition, they often lead to dangerous and unpredictable reactions.
The process of spraying herbs with chemicals is meant to make the mixture look like actual marijuana and enable it to be smoked, mimicking the popular mode of consumption of natural marijuana, which also adds to the confusion about the difference between substances.