What makes it synthetic?
• It is a chemically engineered substance,
similar to the active ingredient in marijuana,
• THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is
the psychoactive substance present in
• The substance looks like marijuana and can
give a similar high.
• Most forms of synthetic cannabis are herbs
sprayed with chemicals.
Where is it sold?
Synthetic cannabis is
•At gas stations
•Illegally in states it is
Reported Adverse Side Effects
“It left me feeling
disoriented and as
soon as I lost the
head high, I had a
headache and was
“I felt like I did
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“I feel like it could be a company's way
to stay on the legal side because
when you do consume it, its similar
to being under the influence of
Affects compared to marijuana:
“It relaxed me and gave me a different
high but it didn’t last long. Weed is
obviously more potent and has more
of an effect on you.”
“As for the feeling it was a bit similar, it
shared physical effects such as
lowered eyes and a feeling of
relaxedness came into play just as
with marijuana consumption.”
“The high is a lot like weed. It just
doesn’t last as long, maybe like an
hour compared to weed which is like
a couple hours.”
How can it be consumed?
• Joint- a “marijuana cigarette” which is usually
rolled by hand with rolling papers
• Blunt- a hollowed out cigar re-rolled with
marijuana instead of tobacco.
• Bong- term applied to a pipe with a water
filtration system used in smoking bud.
Future of synthetic cannabis
• It has already been banned in several states
and the U.S armed forces.
• It is banned in European countries, including
Britain, France, Germany, Poland and Russia,
as well as South Korea
“I realize that there’s no type of
synthetic cannabis that is safe.”