WHY IS SPICE REFERRED TO AS SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA?
Cal Med 421 - Chula Vista
Alternative Medicine, Natural Healing, Holistic Medicine
There is a synthetic version of marijuana, and it is called Marinol. It is the drug companies’ answer to their desire, but inability, to sell marijuana. But Spice has absolutely no connection to the cannabis plant or Marinol. So why do reporters and others continue to make the correlation between the highly processed, chemical mashup that is Spice, and what we all know as the natural substance, marijuana? Your guess is as good as mine. But maybe my guess may be better.
Medical Marijuana#1. Marijuana sells.
More and more people are learning of its healing and therapeutic properties. Many states have medical laws in place allowing patients to use cannabis for medical conditions and the symptoms associated with many disease. And a couple of states have passed recreational laws.
#2. Marijuana has a reputation for being safe.
This correlation is dangerous because it sends the public, including children and teens, mixed and blatantly wrong messages about the 2 substances. Spice is highly dangerous and unpredictable. Because manufacturers are constantly changing the make-up of what is in Spice in order to avoid prosecution and continuing manufacturing it, there is no telling what is in one batch or the next. News stories highlight multiple overdoses in any given area based on a “bad batch.” And because the truly non-toxic, non-addictive qualities of cannabis are known to many adolescents and adults, labeling something as “synthetic marijuana” has implied amounts of safety that simply aren’t present in the unregulated product known as Spice.
#3. There is a public push to keep marijuana “off the streets” and out of the hands of minors.
All the while, the dangers of other substances are glossed over or ignored. The leftover reefer madness mentality does much more harm than good. While we, as a society, should be educating the youth about the truths of various drugs, we are failing then by perpetuating untrue myths and fabrications about the cannabis plant and not focusing enough on alcohol, prescription pain killers, and other harder drugs that can actually be lethal, and are highly addictive. Recently, I was on my daughter’s high school campus and the only sign on a billboard was warning about the “detrimental” effects of smoking marijuana and no mention of help or education regarding any other drug.
Spice is in no way a form of marijuana. It is a dangerous mix of chemicals that bring on a range of dangerous and unpredictable symptoms in those who use it. Media and other outlets need to be more clear and honest, and perform their due diligence in efforts to disseminate correct, and not misleading, information.
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