Synthetic cannabinoids: What are they? What are their effects?
The health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and harmful—even life threatening. Anyone who has a serious reaction to synthetic cannabinoids should call 911 or go to the emergency department immediately. For specific symptoms, please click here.
Synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana,” “Spice,” “K2”) are various manmade chemicals that some people may use as an alternative to marijuana. These seemingly innocent little packages of “fake weed” can cause serious side effects that are very different from those of marijuana.
Synthetic cannabinoid products can be toxic. As a result, people who smoke these products can react with rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion, and hallucinations. Some have to get help from emergency medical services or in hospital emergency departments or intensive care units.