Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made substances that are supposed to be like real weed. since they are synthetic or man made, the side effects can be different, including the chance of overdose.
They're sometimes called Kronic, K2, Spice, Zeus, Tai high, Puff, Northern lights, or Marley.They are often sold online, in adult stores or in herbal high shops. They have recently been made illegal by the Victorian Government.
Synthetic cannabinoids are usually herbs sprayed with chemicals so they look like real cannabis, and they’re used like cannabis - smoked in a bong, pipe, joint or eaten. You’ll get similar effects when you use it too: Relaxation, decreased concentration, and slower reaction times. You might also have auditory and visual hallucinations or anxiety and panic.
The main difference between real and synthetic cannabis is that it’s hard to overdose on real cannabis, but there are reports of overdose or bad reactions to synthetic cannabinoids. Symptoms have included seizures, vomiting, agitation and confusion. An ambulance should be called if any of these occur.
If you use cannabis then if nothing else, make sure you know these ways to be as safe as possible.
- Only use a small amount to begin with
- Avoid using alone, share the experience with someone who has used before or with someone who is not using
- Monitor your mental health before using to ensure it is stable
- Call an ambulance if concerned
Want more? This info is the bare minimum to give you the heads up. We recommend this video from GlobalDrugSurvey about synthetic cannabis.
If you are worried about your use, think you may have a problem or you just want more info, talk to YoDAA for free confidential info and advice on 1800 458 685.