Why Smoking Synthetic Marijuana Is A (Very) Bad Idea

300px-JWH-018Six excellent reasons not to touch the synthetic stuff, from Adam Brown. Here’s Number 5, but it’s worth reading the rest at Cracked.com:

#5. Because It Absolutely Is Not “Like Weed”
The obscure chemical compound that blazed the path that leads to full-on adults like myself casually strolling into a beat-to-shit liquor store and saying, “I’ll have one Zombie Matter, please” all while keeping a straight face was developed by a Clemson University chemist named John Huffman. He was conducting research on cannabinoids for the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. The compound he came up with was called JWH-018, because JWH are Huffman’s initials and he’s clearly an egotistical prick. You know what else he is? A buzzkill. Check out this quote:

These compounds were not meant for human consumption. Their effects in humans have not been studied and they could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.”

Those sure as hell don’t sound like Bob Marley lyrics, do they? Maybe that’s a standard disclaimer for synthetic drugs developed by actual scientists as opposed to under-stimulated college freshman in cramped dorm rooms, but still, I’ve never seen it stamped on a sack of real weed like it is on the pretend stuff.

Since JWH-018 started making the rounds, reports have been popping up left and right about the health risks associated with synthetic marijuana. Like the three teens in Texas who showed up at a Dallas emergency room with heart attack symptoms, for example. If teenage heart attacks don’t rattle your cage, there’s also the mother of two in Indiana who just straight up died.

Before you hit the comments to call that dead mom an asshole for tarnishing the otherwise harmless name of fake weed, read this. Trust, the guy who wrote that is pretty much making the same argument that you want to and he sounds scientific as fuck doing it. You probably won’t. He eventually comes to the extremely long-winded conclusion that the mother in Indiana probably got a “bad batch” of K2 and, as a result, it killed her.

Fantastic. Now show me the story about a mother of two who got her hands on a “bad batch” of actual marijuana and fucking died. The fact that a “bad batch” can even exist is really all there is to know about why synthetic marijuana and actual marijuana are not like each other at all.

Eventually, JWH-018 was banned along with its chemical brother JWH-073. Strangely, that’s when things got even more bizarre.

[Read the rest at Cracked.com]

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  • Gregsandoval

    Anything synthetic is not good for human consumption.  That includes all junk food,  which in my opinion is legalized drugs. The real problem is everybody has their ‘poison’. 

  • Gregsandoval

    Anything synthetic is not good for human consumption.  That includes all junk food,  which in my opinion is legalized drugs. The real problem is everybody has their ‘poison’. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Consider it a true Darwin test.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Consider it a true Darwin test.

    • gwen jackson

      funny, that’s exactly how i feel about budweiser and jack daniels…

  • Smith

    I took one hit of this stuff (probably too much) and I would have definetly called an ambulance on myself if I had the ability to.

    I was in a very paranoid state, but I believe I was close to death.

  • Smith

    I took one hit of this stuff (probably too much) and I would have definetly called an ambulance on myself if I had the ability to.

    I was in a very paranoid state, but I believe I was close to death.

  • Tibus Heth

    All because a rather innocuous (if smelly) plant is illegal. It’s hard to believe Portugal is leading the world in sensible drug laws.

  • Redacted

    All because a rather innocuous (if smelly) plant is illegal. It’s hard to believe Portugal is leading the world in sensible drug laws.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garrick-Sims/100000865448402 Garrick Sims

    its crazy feeling in a bad way.Just give me my normal cornecopria of illicit substances.
    Fuck K-2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Garrick-Sims/100000865448402 Garrick Sims

    its crazy feeling in a bad way.Just give me my normal cornecopria of illicit substances.
    Fuck K-2

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheJakeyl Jacob Newton

    There are an INSANE amount of untested chemicals being used, 80,000+ chemicals registered, and what a handful actually fully funded tests and just a handful of those have no long term testing done, and we’re worried about this crap.  Two reports?  This stuff has been used probably, collectively, a trillion times in the last year alone.  Give me a break, over the counter aspirin has caused more stomach ulcers, Ibuprofen has killed more kidneys and livers, and alcohol caused thousands of innocents to die because of some drunken a-holes….  The propaganda is insane.  I’ve tried plenty of things, and while this stuff feels pretty mechanical, and synthetic, its not more intoxicating than a decent strain of diesel or kush.

  • Jacob Newton

    There are an INSANE amount of untested chemicals being used, 80,000+ chemicals registered, and what a handful actually fully funded tests and just a handful of those have no long term testing done, and we’re worried about this crap.  Two reports?  This stuff has been used probably, collectively, a trillion times in the last year alone.  Give me a break, over the counter aspirin has caused more stomach ulcers, Ibuprofen has killed more kidneys and livers, and alcohol caused thousands of innocents to die because of some drunken a-holes….  The propaganda is insane.  I’ve tried plenty of things, and while this stuff feels pretty mechanical, and synthetic, its not more intoxicating than a decent strain of diesel or kush.

    • Ceausescu

      o_O not sure if trolling with your comparison at the end

    • gwen jackson

      in my experience with these chemicals, which is extensive, the people who can’t handle synthetics are usually people with very minimal drug experience to begin with (only suddenly have enough balls to get high if it’s “legal”), and usually are the ones who can never handle their shit, no matter the substance.
      there is no drug more dangerous than the person doing it. i had a particular brand made by a particular group of chemists whom i trusted implicitly to be conscientious and well-informed in their production, smoked it daily for years, and NEVER had a negative issue (except running out), in fact it helped me tremendously through bad depression following my mom’s death.

      FUCK stupid people who can’t handle their dope without freaking out; they’re just morons who don’t respect the power of substances and ruin the enjoyment for the rest of us who actually know what we’re doing.
      can’t handle your dope, dumbass? then STFU, be smart enough to stay away from it, and stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us.

  • George

    Who cares legal or not, the political fools in charge don’t follow the laws so why should anyone else.

  • George

    Who cares legal or not, the political fools in charge don’t follow the laws so why should anyone else.

    • gwen jackson

      LOL, precisely. the same philosophy was prevalent toward alcohol during Prohibition, “A Nation of Scofflaws”, and eventually compelled repeal of such idiotic policy.

      This time, however, the War on Drugs is far too lucrative to those who want to “save the children”. So much more lucrative to pretend we’re saving the children with such asinine policies; as opposed to expecting parents to ACT like parents and save their own damn children instead of dictating the actions of consenting adults. pathetic fucking country, pathetic fucking electorate, pathetic fucking policies.

  • Anonymous

    they need to keep pot illegal to feel important…  it is the meaning of life, pot being illegal…

  • discusthrower

    they need to keep pot illegal to feel important…  it is the meaning of life, pot being illegal…

  • David Howe

    It’s like weed with all of the negative side effects (paranoia, freaking out) and none of the fun (euphoria, sensuality, munchies, sense of hilarity).  What a nightmare.

  • David Howe

    It’s like weed with all of the negative side effects (paranoia, freaking out) and none of the fun (euphoria, sensuality, munchies, sense of hilarity).  What a nightmare.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tj-Trant/100002293327612 Tj Trant

      as someone who has smoked a *very* large amount of both the real and fake weed, i prefer my ‘potpourri’ for those exact reasons.  marijuana has always given me the negative side effects, and it’s been great to have only the positive effects from the fake pot.  my husband prefers it for pain relief, and he’s had medical marijuana.  yes we were both smoking it before the ban went into effect last year on the chemicals.  i’d rather see this go to an age of 21 like alcohol than to see it disappear altogether. 
      on the flip side, i understand the problem of having so many people think of it as “legal” and therefore not dangerous.  if my husband and i werent such experienced psychonauts, we would not have know to relax and wait the 1/2 hour for a particularly strong batch of a now illegal mix to wear off.

  • Seriously check your facts
  • Seriously check your facts
    • gwen jackson

      well OF COURSE it wasn’t!
      the propaganda against K-2 is just as fallacious as the hype against pot or heroin; just more ‘Reefer Madness’ bullshit.

  • Ceausescu

    o_O not sure if trolling with your comparison at the end

  • gwen jackson

    in my experience with these chemicals, which is extensive, the people who can’t handle synthetics are usually people with very minimal drug experience to begin with (only suddenly have enough balls to get high if it’s “legal”), and usually are the ones who can never handle their shit, no matter the substance.
    there is no drug more dangerous than the person doing it. i had a particular brand made by a particular group of chemists whom i trusted implicitly to be conscientious and well-informed in their production, smoked it daily for years, and NEVER had a negative issue (except running out), in fact it helped me tremendously through bad depression following my mom’s death.

    FUCK stupid people who can’t handle their dope without freaking out; they’re just morons who don’t respect the power of substances and ruin the enjoyment for the rest of us who actually know what we’re doing.
    can’t handle your dope, dumbass? then STFU, be smart enough to stay away from it, and stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us.

  • gwen jackson

    LOL, precisely. the same philosophy was prevalent toward alcohol during Prohibition, “A Nation of Scofflaws”, and eventually compelled repeal of such idiotic policy.

    This time, however, the War on Drugs is far too lucrative to those who want to “save the children”. So much more lucrative to pretend we’re saving the children with such asinine policies; as opposed to expecting parents to ACT like parents and save their own damn children instead of dictating the actions of consenting adults. pathetic fucking country, pathetic fucking electorate, pathetic fucking policies.

  • gwen jackson

    LOL, precisely. the same philosophy was prevalent toward alcohol during Prohibition, “A Nation of Scofflaws”, and eventually compelled repeal of such idiotic policy.

    This time, however, the War on Drugs is far too lucrative to those who want to “save the children”. So much more lucrative to pretend we’re saving the children with such asinine policies; as opposed to expecting parents to ACT like parents and save their own damn children instead of dictating the actions of consenting adults. pathetic fucking country, pathetic fucking electorate, pathetic fucking policies.

  • gwen jackson

    well OF COURSE it wasn’t!
    the propaganda against K-2 is just as fallacious as the hype against pot or heroin; just more ‘Reefer Madness’ bullshit.

  • gwen jackson

    well OF COURSE it wasn’t!
    the propaganda against K-2 is just as fallacious as the hype against pot or heroin; just more ‘Reefer Madness’ bullshit.

  • gwen jackson

    funny, that’s exactly how i feel about budweiser and jack daniels…

  • Hubbabubbamax000

    I never fully came down from this shit. I last used it 2 summers ago.

  • Hubbabubbamax000

    I never fully came down from this shit. I last used it 2 summers ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tj-Trant/100002293327612 Tj Trant

    as someone who has smoked a *very* large amount of both the real and fake weed, i prefer my ‘potpourri’ for those exact reasons.  marijuana has always given me the negative side effects, and it’s been great to have only the positive effects from the fake pot.  my husband prefers it for pain relief, and he’s had medical marijuana.  yes we were both smoking it before the ban went into effect last year on the chemicals.  i’d rather see this go to an age of 21 like alcohol than to see it disappear altogether. 
    on the flip side, i understand the problem of having so many people think of it as “legal” and therefore not dangerous.  if my husband and i werent such experienced psychonauts, we would not have know to relax and wait the 1/2 hour for a particularly strong batch of a now illegal mix to wear off.

  • bossman

    um no…. it does produce more negative effects than weed like the paranoia and anxiety but it definately makes everything euphoric…I always get mad munchies…and everything is funny still…. im smoked a ton of weed and enough spice to build a tolerance to it and learn its effects.

  • Pmjmiller

    you are evil. i smoked real maryjane for 20 years and now i cant after trying your synth bs . your evil chemical ruined my enjoyment of the real thing. to hell with you and your satanic synthetics

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