By Kyndell Mizell
Synthetic Marijuana was introduced in 2002 and reached various stores around Georgia in 2006.
In 2008 researchers have found that synthetic cannabinoids were the active ingredients in the synthetic drug which cause the same type of reaction to the body as authentic marijuana.
Last year five of those types of synthetic cannabinoids were deemed illegal in the United States.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers received 4,500 calls involving problems from synthetic marijuana during 2010 and 2011, according to the study, published in the March 19 issue of Pediatrics.
In early March, Fayette County native Chase Burnett was found dead in his hot tub after a night of using synthetic marijuana.
Shortly after Chase’s death, Governor Nathan Deal signed the new law called “Chase’s Law” to stop the distribution of the synthetic drug.
This chemical based drug is known to cause seizures, hallucinations, paranoid behavior, agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure.
Apparently this once legal synthetic drug is more dangerous than the always illegal authentic drug.
“The very first time I smoked synthetic marijuana it hit me like a freight train and I got to the point where I doubted my human existence,” said Britney Skipper. “I’ve never been that high on any illegal drug in my life.”
Synthetic marijuana is more dangerous than authentic marijuana because not only does it cause life threatening issues to your body it is almost untraceable in your system.
Law enforcements are cracking down on gas stations and tobacco shops who sell this now illegal drug. If found, distributors could face up to 30 years in prison.